Pacific Rimming

PLEASE NOTE: This is a review of the Guillermo del Toro movie Pacific Rim and NOT the porn film of the same name. For a review of the porn film, please message me privately.

Del Toro throws us straight in at the deep end of his action spectacular, as a voice over explains that we’re currently losing a war with some gigantic monsters who emerged from the sea and did battle with our equally massive robots. It’s a relief to not have to sit through the tedious disaster-movie build-up we’ve seen time and time again, with all that faux news footage and people pointing at the sky. We get stuck right into the action; a positive feature that Pacific Rim shares with its X-rated namesake, but I digress.

That the film starts at the beginning and finishes at the end is itself something of a novelty. That’s where we are with blockbusters now – if they have a proper ending then they’re already better than average. By which I mean better than The Hobbit. And while del Toro and Travis Beacham’s script is hokey, at least it knows it’s hokey unlike the misplaced self-importance of Man of Steel.

Similarities to Michael Bay’s Transformers are purely superficial, and the differences many; Pacific Rim isn’t racist, sexist, or made by a money-grabbing moron. With its satire, its theme of man-and-machine and its superbly directed action, this is much more like a James Cameron film. One particular scene in which a young pilot nearly blows up her base while in the throws of a harrowing flashback is especially great filmmaking, as its an exploration of character that drives the increasingly tense action.

Pacific Rim is nothing special, held back chiefly by its cheesiness. But the robots are cool, the monsters weird and the whole thing a lot of fun. Sorry, that last sentence was actually from my review of the porn film.

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