Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pacific Rim a brilliant beast of a film

My Paper, Friday, July 12, 2013, Page A14, Showbiz, Movie Preview
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By Prabu Krishna Moorthy, myp@sph.com.sg, Published on Jul 12, 2013


CLASH OF THE TITANS: In Pacific Rim, humans create machines called Jaegers to defend themselves against beasts called Kaiju. Director Guillermo del Toro delivers a visually-arresting, if sentimental, blockbuster.
PHOTO: CLASH OF THE TITANS: In Pacific Rim, humans create machines called Jaegers to defend themselves against beasts called Kaiju. Director Guillermo del Toro delivers a visually-arresting, if sentimental, blockbuster.
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THERE are some films that seem to meld logic and incredible action sequences so effortlessly that you immerse yourself in their worlds, forgetting their imperfections and shortcomings. Pacific Rim is definitely one of those films.

It is so easy to dismiss this film as a paean
(joyful praise) to director Guillermo del Toro's fans; but the Mexican digs deep and delivers a visual spectacle that not only looks meticulously produced, but is also one that does not sacrifice plot for senseless explosions.


Monsters called Kaiju emerge from the depths of the sea to wreak havoc.
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Pacific Rim takes place in a world where monsters called Kaiju emerge from the depths of the sea to wreak havoc.

Forced to adapt or die, humans choose the former and create machines called Jaegers that operate using the physical and mental prowess of two to three pilots in exoskeletons.



Humans create machines called Jaegers that operate using the physical and mental prowess of two to three pilots in exoskeletons. Jaegers are not superheroes, but tools for survival against an impending apocalypse.
Humans create machines called Jaegers that operate using the physical and mental prowess of two to three pilots in exoskeletons. Jaegers are not superheroes, but tools for survival against an impending apocalypse.
PHOTO: Humans create machines called Jaegers that operate using the physical and mental prowess of two to three pilots in exoskeletons. Jaegers are not superheroes, but tools for survival against an impending apocalypse.
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Enter Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), a talented but traumatised pilot, who teams up with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) under the tutelage of commanding officer Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) to try to destroy the "bridge" between the Kaijus' world and Earth.



Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), a talented but traumatised pilot in Warner Bros. Pictures' Pacific Rim (2013)
PHOTO: Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) who teams up with Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), under the tutelage of commanding officer Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) to try to destroy the "bridge" between the Kaijus' world and Earth.
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Cool gadgetry and bada** Jaegers aside, the film deserves the most credit for its screenplay by del Toro and writer Travis Beacham.



Kaiju wreaking havoc at Jaegers' pilots
PHOTO: Kaiju wreaking havoc at Jaegers' pilots, deserves credit for its screenplay by del Toro and writer Travis Beacham  
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While the film seems to draw inspiration from the likes of Godzilla and the Power Rangers, it sets itself apart by providing a concrete reason for the Kaiju invasions.



Rinko Kikuchi stars as Mako Mori in the film that elevates these moments of suspends, by Warner Bros. Pictures' Pacific Rim (2013)
PHOTO: Rinko Kikuchi stars as Mako Mori in the film that elevates these moments of suspends, by Warner Bros. Pictures' Pacific Rim (2013)
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This is a smart move, considering that most of the monster-alien films we have seen only give possible theories for these beings' invasion of Earth.

Without giving too much away, the Kaijus' intention is explained in an ingenious manner.



Charlie Hunnam stars as Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket reporting for duty in Warner Bros. Pictures' Pacific Rim (2013)
PHOTO: Charlie Hunnam stars as Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket reporting for duty in Warner Bros. Pictures' Pacific Rim (2013)
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What is perhaps the coolest aspect of the film is its realism, despite its fantastical elements. The heroic Jaegers are fallible and, yes, there are imperfections in the system.

What the movie has going for it is an element of suspense that is perhaps absent from similar films, because the Jaegers are not superheroes, but tools for survival against an impending apocalypse.

The ensemble of actors in the film elevates these moments, with Elba nailing his stereotypically-authoritarian role with gravitas. Hunnam and Kikuchi excel in their roles as two pilots with emotional baggage.



Jaeger pilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) shows us she's no pushover in Pacific Rim.
PHOTO: Jaeger pilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) shows us she's no pushover in Pacific Rim.
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The true standout, however, is Ron Perlman, who hilariously showboats as Hannibal Chau, a black-market trader with whom the Jaeger programme crosses paths with.

Del Toro does action brilliantly and, in this film, his flair for visually-arresting sequences is on full display.



Poster of the Jaegers in Warner Bros. Pictures' Pacific Rim (2013)
PHOTO: Poster of the Jaegers in Warner Bros. Pictures' Pacific Rim (2013)
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Although Pacific Rim wears its heart on its sleeve too often, this impressive beast of a film - with a groovy yet majestic score by Ramin Djawadi - towers over its blockbuster counterparts this summer.
By PRABU KRISHNA MOORTHY, myp@sph.com.sg, Published on Jul 12, 2013

 

Impressive Robot of a film - with a groovy & majestic score
PHOTO: An element of suspense persists because the Jaegers are not superheroes, fallible and, are imperfect
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