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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Everyone's a Critic: Pacific Rim

Oooooo yeah.  Pacific Rim is exactly my kind of preferred brain-melting cinematic escapism.

Ridiculous, impossible monsters?

Hot, but rebellious/tortured hero?

Loud, beat-heavy soundtrack?

Assisted or inherent more-than-man abilities?

Hilarious, unlikely, happy ending?

Check, check, check, check aaaaaaaand check.

SPOILERS, my lovelies.

Pacific Rim is about the eventual apocalypse, but not at the hands of humans, demons or aliens off-planet, rather, dimensional aliens entering Earth via a portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.  Boom!  There's a new one.

These aliens take the form of gigantic bull-rhino-like monsters with fluorescent blue snot/spit/blood/bodily fluids, commonly called Kaiju.  The film is actually quite interesting in its time line.  It gives a quick recap of how the 'war' started - the first monster came, it took 6 days to take it out, and all of our tech was hopelessly over-matched.  Eventually the Jaeger fighter system was developed by world-wide collaboration - megatech (or mecha); giant humanoid robots piloted by two mind-linked drivers (because the neural load of piloting the things was too much for one...right.  So one person is using their left brain, the other their right...right.  Sharing memories and thoughts.  Yep.).  Obviously getting two humans who are capable of working in such a...close, intimate manner is difficult and the ones successful - become like rock stars.
This cocky, hero-worship aspect of society leads to its downfall (morally? metaphorically?) and the Jaeger forces are overwhelmed by the increasing number and ferocity of the Kaiju emerging from the portal.  The worlds ruling forces decide a huge wall shall be built and the remainder of humanity shall hide behind it.  The Jaeger program is decommissioned.  Fun fact - powdered Kaiju bone is a black market 'male potency' drug.

Of course - this happens:
The wall was just a means of keeping the people occupied and with-hope (and employment).

The dude in command of the Jaeger program is trying to run things in the dark and has devised a plan where the last 4 remaining Jaegers will fight through to drop an atomic bomb in the portal, hopefully closing it for good.
Of course - nothing goes to plan.  You really need to watch this movie to see the sweet, sweet things that happen as a result.  Like fighting at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and not being crushed into scrap by the pressure, or detonating the bomb and splitting the ocean like Moses (yes, yes the fish do fall down out of the 'air'), or determining mind-melding compatibility by a martial arts session, or the things in the portal itself, or how the guy sacrifices himself to save the damsel, doesn't breathe, and still miraculously survives so they can enjoy the 'perks' of a post-apocalyptic world...together.

Seriously - he manages to get into an escape pod after fighting to manually arm the power core of his Jaeger to blow, whilst through the portal, in the alien world, without oxygen, AND manages to have his pod shoot all the way through the portal before it closes, get all the way up through the water from the bottom of the pacific ocean, all still whilst having nothing to breathe, pops up within swimming distance of her pod, and wakes up within a minute, in time to kiss the girl, who supposedly only popped up moments before him.

Yeah.  The ending lost me, but the post-credits scene saved it again - the black market dude cuts his way out of a Kaiju foetus (which has previously eaten him) and asks where his shoe is.  Good stuff.

All this and I didn't even mention the punk scientist and their escapades.

Oooo yeah.  It was one of those movies where I giggled and had the urge to clap, in parts.  Heh - like Die Hard, only more sci-fi.

4 out of 5 (where: 1=actively burning it, 2=waste of time, 3=don't regret having seen it, but... 4=good movie, recommended, 5=blewmymindwhyhaven'tyouseenityetI'vegottoseeitagaintalktoyoulater).

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