7 December 2015

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim 2013
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Based on novel: no
  • Cast: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Ron Perlman
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Idris Elba – Prometheus, Thor, The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Twenty-Eight Weeks Later, Crocodile Shoes, Absolutely Fabulous
    • Charlie Hunnam – Children of Men, Cold Mountain, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?
    • Rink Kikuchi – Norwegian Wood, Babel
    • Burn Gorman – The Dark Knight Rises, Bonekickers, Colour Me Kubrick
    • Ron Perlman – Hellboy, Happy Texas, Alien Resurrection, Romeo Is Bleeding
    • Yeardley Smith - The Big Bang Theory, Dead Like Me, Dharma and Greg
  • Why? Sci fi. It got 3 * in Maltin
  • Seen: 13 November 2015. 

After seven Fridays of watching the Harry Potter films for the fourth or fifth time we’re back to having to make a choice of what to watch. We choose this.
I have no idea what it’s about. Frankly the DVD cover doesn’t look promising.
In the first minute a very, very big monster arises from the Pacific Ocean. And then another. And another. Then there’s something about two macho brothers putting on a lot of high tech armour and going out there to fight a battle against the monsters.
Or something.
It’s awful. And pathetic.
And that’s just the seventeen-minute intro.
There’s a lot of hardware and technology and clichés. The nerdy geeky scientists add a drop or two of humour but the slobby dog negates the plus points. There is enough human interest and several of the characters are interesting enough – just barely – to hold the attention. It hovers on the borderline between ridiculous and exciting.
For a moment it doesn’t live up to my expectations of being the third or fourth worst film I’ve ever seen. I’ve grown quite fond of the Marshall (Idris Elba) and the little girl is terrific.
Then expectations start being lived up to. The silliness takes over. The destruction gets boring. I fall asleep during the final battle.
OK, not the fourth or fifth worst. But bad. Very bad.

1 ½ * of 5


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