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 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I'm surprised there's no thread here talking about the movie, one of the few modern movie I've seen in a theater....

Anyway, the technicians on these films keep getting more and more awesome, don't they?

I'm just sorry that every battle was at night or underwater. I wanted to get a better look at those monsters.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I'm waiting for Pay Per View. Its' obviously a "big screen" type of film, but I just don't enjoy going to the theater much.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I'm going to get out to see it tomorrow in 2D.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2013 - 1:08 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I'm just sorry that every battle was at night or underwater. I wanted to get a better look at those monsters.


I get that the underwater stuff was story-driven, and the city battles at night were probably done to show off the urban illumination, which is quite colorful. But why have so many of those battles in the rain? I can't figure out whether it indicates that the filmmakers didn't have enough confidence in their effects to show them clearly, or that they had too much confidence in their ability to put multiple elements into the frame ("Look how convincingly we can do CGI rain!").

I saw the film in 2D. Perhaps 3D would have made things more clear by putting things on different planes, but maybe not.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2013 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Hmm. I ended up seeing this in 3D after reading how the CG elements were rendered in true 3D rather than post-converted, and I didn't have any trouble seeing the monsters or discerning what was going on.

Come to think of it, this was the best summer flick of the year.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2013 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

I thought it was very very average. The designs were ok but the script was absolutely awful and the characters stereotyped and one dimensional. Del Toro has never been a great action director and that showed here big time. And The fights were very repetitive.

I'm also getting very very tired of watching buildings get knocked over.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2013 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

I enjoyed the living geeky heck out it. Yeah, the dialogue was off and the lead struggled gamely with his accent. But I'll take this robot smash up CGI fest any day over the hyperactive stupidity of the Transformer Trilogy of Trash.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2013 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

...and the characters... one dimensional.

Aw, c'mon, Mike, Charlie Hunnam is 6' 1" and Idris Elba was 6' 2"!

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2013 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I'm waiting for Pay Per View. Its' obviously a "big screen" type of film, but I just don't enjoy going to the theater much.

I'm getting close to taking this stance. When I saw Pacific Rim there were noisy children behind me crying and talking throughout (I don't blame them, it would be scary to sit through. I blame the parents for bringing them to this movie). There was also a guy in front of me who insisted on checking his texts on his phone during the bloody climax of the movie.

I enjoy movies too much to wait though, and I don't have the budget for a proper home theater setup yet. Once I get that going I will probably get closer to skipping the theaters entirely.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

This movie is a cinematic tampon inserted into the wrong orifice.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 4:55 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

This movie is a cinematic tampon inserted into the wrong orifice.

What does that even mean?

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I thought it was very very average. The designs were ok but the script was absolutely awful and the characters stereotyped and one dimensional.

Yeah, the script could definitely have been better. There was a lot of technical stupidity, too -- but then, there has to be in a monsters vs mechas film: there's just no unstupid way to believe that punching monsters with giant humaniform robots is the most efficient way to deal with them. That said, as a number of viewers have observed, this movie's smart other than scriptwise:

http://stormingtheivorytower.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-visual-intelligence-of-pacific-rim.html
http://raptorific.tumblr.com/post/57184329007/pacific-rim-is-a-proof-of-concept

And I'm sure you can find more if you're interested. But there are reasons I still stick with del Toro despite his often clumsy scripts and pacing: his worlds are full of visual rather than textual wonder and intelligence, and I'll forgive a lot in a movie for that.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

This movie is a cinematic tampon inserted into the wrong orifice.

What does that even mean?


lmao!

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 5:39 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

This movie is a cinematic tampon inserted into the wrong orifice.

What does that even mean?


lmao!


It's a bloody good analogy, Period. Best one of the month. Nice to see some original humour rather than going with the flow by trying to pad the thread out with the usual cycle of jokes.

(sorry)

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Just a thought for those folk who defend Pacific Rim Job;

As I recall (and I appreciate i might have drifted off - see what I did there?) the vast majority of the Kaiju were dispatched by the ion cannons that the Jaegers had on them. Erm.... forgive me for pointing this out but if that technology was enough to turn the Kaiju into sushi, wouldnt it have been sensible to forget about builidng silly giant robots and walls and instead plough the budget into making some really huge fuck-off ion cannons that sit along the coast line and blow the shot out of the Kaiju as soon as they approach?

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Agreed. It's difficult to suspend disbelief when you're told that it took aircraft a week to take down one monster, so the more efficient option humanity came up with was to build giant mechas to punch them a lot. Would have been much more efficient, I think, simply to equip fleets of aircraft with those cannon. But then there wouldn't have been a movie, because the whole elevator pitch here is monsters vs mechas.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I'm just sorry that every battle was at night or underwater. I wanted to get a better look at those monsters.


I get that the underwater stuff was story-driven, and the city battles at night were probably done to show off the urban illumination, which is quite colorful. But why have so many of those battles in the rain?


I am now wondering if they were trying to create a distinction between them and the (and I realize I'm going to cause an trans-generational groan of disgust at my lack of knowledge about these franchises smile ) Transformers movies.

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2013 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

I thought it was very very average. The designs were ok but the script was absolutely awful and the characters stereotyped and one dimensional.

Yeah, the script could definitely have been better. There was a lot of technical stupidity, too -- but then, there has to be in a monsters vs mechas film: there's just no unstupid way to believe that punching monsters with giant humaniform robots is the most efficient way to deal with them. That said, as a number of viewers have observed, this movie's smart other than scriptwise:

http://stormingtheivorytower.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-visual-intelligence-of-pacific-rim.html
http://raptorific.tumblr.com/post/57184329007/pacific-rim-is-a-proof-of-concept

And I'm sure you can find more if you're interested. But there are reasons I still stick with del Toro despite his often clumsy scripts and pacing: his worlds are full of visual rather than textual wonder and intelligence, and I'll forgive a lot in a movie for that.


I enjoyed the heck out of the movie, and went a second time within a week. Sure the dialogue is corny, but del Toro makes it so you even care for the side characters, and the action is pretty amazing (not to mention the fights evolve - it isn't Man of Steel, where it's basically an invincible god brawl in a city for the last hour).
I also read the first link article a few days ago and found it compelling how visually intelligent the film is. A lot of that stuff I didn't even notice the first time around. Makes me appreciate what this movie does have, even if it isn't perfect.

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2013 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

Just a thought for those folk who defend Pacific Rim Job;

As I recall (and I appreciate i might have drifted off - see what I did there?) the vast majority of the Kaiju were dispatched by the ion cannons that the Jaegers had on them. Erm.... forgive me for pointing this out but if that technology was enough to turn the Kaiju into sushi, wouldnt it have been sensible to forget about builidng silly giant robots and walls and instead plough the budget into making some really huge fuck-off ion cannons that sit along the coast line and blow the shot out of the Kaiju as soon as they approach?


Because the kaiju would eventually figure out how to beat that, too.

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2013 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I haven't seen the film yet, but why try to bring logic into a Giant Robots VS Giant Monsters movie?
Just noticed one of the robots heads is very similar to Gigantor's. I was trying to figure out why the robot struck a cord with me when I saw publicity images.

 
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