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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).

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