At 7/18/13 04:41 PM, TheMaster wrote:
I'd quite like to see Pacific Rim, always liked Del Toro's stuff, but my local cinema only does one "big" movie each month, and it's lost out to The World's End and they won't be showing it. Can't be fucked dealing with a shitty multiplex, so I'll wait for the blu-ray.
That's a shame. It really is quite good and I hope it's success introduces the mecha and kaiju genres to a new generation. The only major problem was that the first half of the film focused on the completely boring one-dimensional characters who are just stereotypes of their country anyway (each country has their own jaeger). The main protagonist in particular was a completely blank, stock american white male hero who never developed any characteristics.
The jaegers were a bit of a letdown too, since they introduce 4 or 5 and imply they're all going to have unique strengths and weaknesses, but (minor spoiler) all but Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka are destroyed before they kill any kaiju or show us any unique traits. We're told Striker is the fastest and most advanced but it doesn't behave any differently to the others. It just felt like a waste that they have all these cool mecha designs and do nothing with them, although they did manage to keep variety in the action by having them use different weapons every time.
We never actually get a clear look at the jaegers either, other than Gipsy Danger, since all of the action happens at night, usually in water with half their body covered, and in the pouring rain. Even in the cities they are always at least partially obscured. The action is well choreographed and edited but it would've been cool to maybe have more settings for the fights and some in daylight, even if the CG didn't look as good in plain view. By far the best action scene takes place in the middle of Hong Kong, with the rest being in the ocean.
So basically, if they cut out most of the uninteresting character interactions and instead used that time for another kaiju fight or two, specifically with Crimson Typhoon and the russian jaeger instead of the main two we see for the rest of the movie, then it would have been pretty flawless for what it was. As it is it's a cool movie but it could've been one of the best pure action movies of all time.