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Old July 22 2013, 05:32 PM   #186
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Re: Pacific Rim - Grading and Discussion

DarthTom wrote: View Post
I finally saw this movie over the weekend and gave it a B-. I'm having a hard time understanding how and why so many picky Star Trek fans who disliked, Trek XI for its numerous plot holes and Khan's, 'magic blood,' as well as disliked World War Z because of plot holes and zombies who can smell sick people - and folks who disliked Superman for various reasons absolutely love this film?

It was fair IMO albiet the effects in movie were outstanding.

Of my many nitpicks of this film:

- aliens from another dimension who have mastered genetic minipulation elect to use giant monsters to exterminate the human race as opposed to maybe well - a airbone pathagen that would kill us off among numerous other more effective ways to get rid of us? WTF
Like any fantasy/sf story, the initial setup tends to be pretty silly. The test is how the film commits to its in-universe rules. I thought that 'Pacific Rim' was excellent at adhering to the world it created. It's no more ridiculous than Avengers, or Star Trek.

- The two nerdy scientists were so over the top IMO they were barely funny nor enjoyable. And their characters were riddled with cliches which I'm sure was the intent but it failed on many levels for me.
The scientific duo was hilarious. Burn Gorman was an absolute delight.

- Hannibal Chau - what a pointless and dumb character and without spoiling it for others the way he dies was completely predictable. Also IMO Pearlman's performance as Chau was less than stellar.
Someone like Hannibal would absolutely exist in that universe. And Ron Perlman was awesome.

- Yea - lets build a wall to fence off land masses from creatures that can destory metal robots easily. Oh, and that also can fly. Roll Eyes
1) It was clearly a move to placate the plebs while the people in power continued to fortify the central areas of their respective continents. There was dialog to that effect.

2) No one knew the kaiju could fly until Gypsy Danger went for a little ride.

- Lets use the Fujita scale that measures tornadoes and translate that into monster sizes and strength. Roll Eyes
Why the hell would that bother anyone? You're just making stuff up to be annoyed about now.

- We use high tech holograms to monitor the Yeagers but use a wall clock to announce when they might be coming back using old style numerical flip cards. Roll eyes
See above. There is literally no reason to be annoyed by the countdown clock.

- This is a general nitpick for films that should stay 2-d but were made in 3-d and the film makers needs to go to James Cameron school on how to make it an incredible use of the technology. Why do other film makers have such a hard time like in Pacific Rim in making high quality 3-d pictures. All of the scenes in Pacific Rim where 3-d could have made this film even more visually amazing were missed.
I can't speak to that because I saw it in 2D and it was amazing. The movie is quite dark as most of the fights occur at night or underwater, so I can see how 3D would be hard to take, as it really dims the picture.

I'll think of more - but this film as someone said above is not for everyone. For me it can be boiled down to the Transformers meet Godzilla. I see why its performing so badly.
You're so wrong on the Transformers reference it isn't even funny. And the movie isn't 'performing badly.' It's up to 180 million dollars worldwide. It'll be a break-even, at minimum, for the studio. Try not to be so US-centric.
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