Saturday, 13 July 2013

#56 & 57 PACIFIC RIM (5.7.13 & 13.7.13)

Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Pearlman and the combined skill of artists at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).

Apparently it's 131 minutes, but that can't be right, it felt about 20 minutes top.

In the future, aliens from another dimension invade the Earth through a rift at the bottom of the Pacific ocean and unleash gigantic monsters called
Kaiju to destroy mankind. In response humanity unties and fight back thanks to humungous robots called Jaegers that need two, or more, humans mind-melded to fight them.

Luckily all this guff is dealt with pre-credits and then what follows is an utterly jaw-dropping and gorgeous series of astonishing fights between these beautifully designed monsters and robots, plus some behind the scenes dramas and emotional beats. The film is a triumph of design and style and the sheer glee and joy that Del Toro brings to the proceedings is palatable. This film deserves to be seen on the big screen, in fact the bigger the screen the better and even more surprisingly it also benefits from being seen in 3D.

This is everything that the three Transformers movies weren't. Free of Michael Bay's horrible shaky cam you get to see the action and feel the hugeness of everything, the scale is very impressive, perhaps not as impressive and believable as the wonderful series of Toho Godzilla films, but still an absolute treat. Go in expecting a huge, crazy, science-fiction punch-up and you'll leave happy, it even avoids having the baking equivalent of a soggy bottom by not having a sagging middle.

This is, hands down the most exhilarating and enjoyable science fiction action film I've seen in ages! Seen it while you can, where it deserves to be seen, on the big screen!

9/10

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