2013 biggest movie… yay or nay?
Known for my cynicism and criticism as well, at first I fear that Pacific Rim will be included in my ‘Shitty Hollywood Movies’ pile, but I guess if there is anyone in Hollywood who knows what they are doing it would be Guillermo del Toro.
The movie starts out with a massive prologue: the world as we know it is under attack. And the attacker is none other than Kaiju, a hybrid of humongous sea creatures that are slowly, but surely, rising from the deep belly of the ocean. Mankind attempt to fight these monsters is by building giant robots controlled by humans! After several years of losing in the war between men and monster, a former pilot and a trainee must raise to the challenge and put an end to the apocalyptic madness.
However over-the-top Pacific Rim seems like, it isn’t a movie without substance. No, not like the mindless Transformers because this movie got a heart. And by heart, I don’t mean the romance between the two leads character (Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi). You can see the “heart” during the scene when the young and annoying Australian pilot kissed his pug-dog goodbye and told his dad to take a good care of him. Next heart is when Idris Elba found the young and stranded Rinko Kikuchi on the street and later told her that he never regret that decision. Among other examples, this is how Pacific Rim differs itself from the other robotic nonsense movies.
According to IMDB, Pacific Rim is made on a budget of $182 million that is clearly visible on its outstanding visual effects. When people were busy praising Michael Bay’s flawless effort for the special effect in Transformer, I know that someday, those people will eat their own words when they saw a better-made movie. I especially liked that Del Toro isn’t some cheap director who store his best creation inside the 3D world. I watched the 2D version of the movie and got a “moviegasm” when I watched the pulling-the-sword-scene.
For the casting, I would like to say bravo to Del Toro to cast Charlie Hunnam as the lead actor. I have seen him on Sons of Anarchy before and thought he did a great job as Raleigh Becket. The same goes to Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori who clearly kick ass. I have no complain on Ron Pearlman who played Hannbibal Chau, but I have a bone to pick with whoever cast Charlie Day as the neuroscientist guy and Burn Gorman as his sidekick because I find them a tad annoying.
A combination between crazy CGIs, awesome action sequence and entertaining characters, Pacific Rim is a yay for me!