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Pacific Rim  (2014 - English)

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Pacific Rim gives the much-maligned creature-feature genre a new lease of life

We may have seen it all before, gasped at the combats in outer and inner space, and yet Pacific Rim, with its mega-display of visual fireworks and a far more accessible plot about monsters versus mankind is frankly, quite irresistible. The Mexican-born filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) takes the end-of-the-world blockbusters to the next level. Located in the not-too-distant future, we are informed that millions of lives have been lostmore

It's so much fun, you'll feel like a 12-year-old

Pacific Rim pits robots against monsters in what may be a silly, preposterous premise, but it's so much fun, you'll feel like an excited 12-year-old all over again. Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies, wastes no time in setting up an elaborate back-story; he lays out the basics in a quick opening voice-over and hits the ground running. The year is 2020, and the world is at threat from giant monsters that have slippedmore

The visuals are undeniably great and so are the effects

Stripped down, this movie is essentially about giant robots and giant sea monsters bashing each other up. The Jaeger robots are so large that they require two human operators to form a 'drift' (or a 'neural bridge') with each other to act as the left-brain and right-brain hemispheres controlling the mecha-robots from within. The Jaegers are then airlifted out to sea for a supersized slugfest with the Kaiju. Raleigh Becket ( Charlie Hunnam)more

Pacific Rim sets a new benchmark in film making

Remember as kids how we would play with toy figurines weaving imaginary battle scenes in our head. Guillermo del Toro's trillion dollar budgeted sci-fi monsters v/s humans flick does the exact same using giant sea dragons named Kaiju battling super sized mechanical robots with human drivers (Jaegars). Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) is the man who gets a second chance at avenging his brothers death at the hands of a Kaiju early on in the filmmore

Pacific Rim is big-scale awesomeness!

How I wish 'whoawhoawhoawhoa' was a real word. A stream of exclamations would fittingly describe the sense of awe, exhilaration and bewilderment I experienced after watching Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. As kids, most of us create a dynamic, inaccessible universe in our head wherein a lot of that active imagination is manifested through toys/action figures with young minds manufacturing novel concepts of urgency, crisis, vehemence and heroicsmore

The film is a monster treat

It’s not often that we get to see a large-scale science fiction blockbuster movie that renders that sense of total admiration on your face. Somewhere in the mid 2000’s giant monsters and robots became a perfunctory, soulless aspect of modern cinema (thanks, Michael Bay). Every tentpole summer blockbuster became simply bigger in scale, but significantly smaller in energy. Del Toro understands that, and rocket punches the apocalypsemore

Del Toro’s exuberant nonsense comes as a relief

Viewed from one angle - from below, say, as you cower before the Imax screen, your 3-D glasses digging into the bridge of your nose, condensation from your Diet Coke dripping onto your leg - Pacific Rim looks a lot like other movies of its type. Dinosaurish creatures as big as skyscrapers do battle with equally gigantic robots on land and sea, pulverizing familiar cities and churning up geysers of spume. Human characters (some of whom aremore