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The Castle of Dr. FettersteinPacific Rim (2013)
POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, July 15, 2013    Share

Every once in a while comes a big budget Summer Hollywood movie that I donít hate. I love my indies movies and retro horror goodness because Iím convinced no one is making quality movies for people like me who stayed up on Friday nights to catch the late showing horror movie with the killer horror host and who grew up on Godzilla, Rodan, Gamera and all the rest of the Kaiju gang. Guillermo del Toro does justice to a genre loved by movie goers on an international level, he has produced one hell of a Kaiju movie that will stand the test of time.

Somewhere in the Pacific on the ocean floor, the ground breaks apart as a giant monster swims upward with great speed and strength to wreak vengeance on humanity. No one is safe as the kaiju destroy various cities throughout the world. Mere military tanks, cannons, and jets are not powerful enough to take on something this gigantic. We all need something bigger. Enter the Jaeger, a giant mech that comes straight out of Mobile Suit Gundam and Robotech and is the only defense against the kaiju. Controlling a Jaeger isnít easy and you need two people who are able to drift, form a mental connection, and operate as one, to get the job done. This is not a new concept and is found throughout Science Fiction and more specifically anime such as Mobile Suit Gundam that had Newtypes, which are people who have the ability to adapt to their mechs that allow for greater control, better in combat, and a supreme awareness of their surroundings.

However, del Toro throws a twist by having two people connecting together to be able to control a giant robotís movements from both left and right sides. It takes teamwork to walk and engage in combat. The first battle between a Jaeger and a kaiju is amazing and breathtaking. The CGI is top notch.

It appears that the kaiju keep coming and destroying whatever is in the way. They use a portal to enter our world and this is del Toroís nod to the great H. P. Lovecraft. He really wants to make At the Mountain of Madness and after viewing Pacific Rim he is probably the only director out there who can do it justice.

The cast in Pacific Rim is perfect with likeable yet flawed people who bring a level of realism to this fantastic world. My personal favorite is Stacker Pentecost, the commanding officer, played greatly by Idris Elba. Charlie Day is funny as Dr. Newton Geiszler a scientist who seems to love kaiju a little too much. However the real star is Ron Perlman, as Hannibal Chau, a renegade who sells kaiju organs on the black market in Hong Kong. He just has such wonderful lines that you just canít help falling in love with his character. Also Rinko Kikuchi does a fantastic job playing the sexy but deadly Mako Mori.

Ok Pacific Rim has a lot going well for it, cool characters, killer CGI, a good storyline, and intense battle sequences that are necessary for any kaiju movie worth a damn. I just have a couple of minor pet peeves.

First, while the kaiju are amazing to look at, there is little variation between one kaiju and the next. Part of what made Ultraman such a Tokusatsu success is the monster of the week concept. You never knew what Ultraman would be fighting.

Second, the combat sequences are impressive but looking back there are only a few moves that are recycled over and over. Del Toro should have learned from Hong Kong cinema how to show off action choreography. Even Ultraman had more than two or three moves and sometimes used interesting wrestling moves. Plus Ultraman had great poses.

These are just minor grievances and hopefully in the sequel the kaiju will be different and the action sequences varied.
The only other complaint I have is the cheese factor is gone. Thanks to CGI you donít see the zipper on the back of the guy wearing the rubber suit. You donít see the word Tonka written on a truck that gets knocked over by the giant Praying Mantis in Deadly Mantis. All the wires are gone. Plus you donít have Godzilla hamming it up with monster dancing and just showing what a party guy he truly is.

All kidding aside, if you grew up like I did with a passionate love for Science Fiction and monster movies then you need to support Pacific Rim. Go out and see it.

4 out of 5 Stars


"The Castle of Dr. Fetterstein" is ©2013 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2013 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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