Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


July 18, 2013

'Pacific Rim' misfires on all cylinders

Ryan here, headlining alone, with a look at Guillermo del Toro’s "Pacific Rim" (PG-13).

Set in a not-too-distant future where giant alien monsters (Kaiju) have surfaced out of an interdimensional portal way in the Pacific Ocean, "Pacific Rim" showcases how humans have built their own monsters (giant robots — Jaegers) to battle the menacing threat. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day costar in the film.

I really wanted to like "Pacific Rim." As a kid, I loved monster/Godzilla movies, and seeing giant robots battle giant monsters in an urban environment would definitely appeal to my inner child. Although I admire del Toro’s ambition to craft a movie that appeals to that child-like wonder, the fact remains that even though this movie is geared towards the eight-year-old in all of us, it also appears that the film was also written by eight-year-olds as well. To me "Pacific Rim" just about misfires on all cylinders. It was a film with grand ambitions but falls flat. A movie of this kind was always going to require a strong suspension-of-disbelief but "Pacific Rim," even within its own world, is just completely silly when it tries to explain itself. It’s just too absurd to buy into.

This wasn’t the case, but it seemed like "Pacific Rim" was a make-or-break moment for Hollywood.

In an ever-increasing Hollywood of remakes, sequels and films based on existing properties, "Pacific Rim" was supposed to be the welcome breath of fresh of air. And while the actual story is original the rest of the film is not. Besides being littered with action movie clichés and movie tropes the film borrows from so many other movies ("Top Gun," "Inception" and "The Avengers") that it feels like you’ve already watched this feature. (And that’s not even mentioning the influence from countless other Japanese monster movies and Anime).

Text Only
  • :Sex Tape" movie poster Movie preview: “Sex Tape”

    Plot: Though they’re still very much in love, ten years and two kids have cooled the passion for Jay and Annie. To spice up their relationship, they decide to make a home video of themselves.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • "Planes: Fire and Rescue" movie poster Movie preview: “Planes: Fire and Rescue”

    Plot: When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • "The Purge: Anarchy" movie poster Movie preview: “The Purge: Anarchy”

    Plot: A defenseless young couple find themselves stranded in the city on the one night of the year that all crime, including murder, is legal, in this self-contained sequel to the 2013 sleeper hit.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 'Apes' sequel best summer blockbuster thus far I promise Andy will be returning soon, but anyhow, I’ll be taking a solo look at one of the more anticipated blockbusters of the summer, Dawn of the Planet of Apes (PG-13).Taking place 10 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, “Daw

    July 17, 2014

  • New arrivals at library Translation to XTAGS failed

    July 17, 2014

  • New arrivals at library New items at the Greensburg-Decatur County Library can be found and reserved at Phantom of Fifth Avenue by Meryl GordonKitty Genovese by Kevin CookSidelined by Chuck PaganoFantasyThe High Druid’s Blade by Te

    July 12, 2014

  • "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" movie poster Movie preview: “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”

    Plot: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • "Snowpiercer" movie poster Movie preview: “Snowpiercer”

    Plot: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet, the few left alive have boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels non-stop around the globe while a class system evolves.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • ent-gb071014 Movie Boys review pic 'Tammy' one of the worst films of the year With Andy expected back next week, I’ll be taking a solo look this week at Melissa McCarthy’s latest vehicle, Tammy (R). In the movie, McCarthy plays a down-on-her-luck middle-aged person who goes on a road trip of sorts with her grandma (Susan Saran

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • ent-gb071014-special reflections pic 1 Art on the Square Gallery featuring 'Special Reflections' this month GREENSBURG – For the month of July, Art on the Square Gallery, 114 E. Washington Street, Greensburg, is pleased to present a show of photography and art work done by clients at Developmental Services, Inc. “Special Reflections” features oil paintings

    July 10, 2014 2 Photos