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View Poll Results: How do you rate Pacific Rim?
A+ 31 24.80%
A 35 28.00%
A- 15 12.00%
B+ 25 20.00%
B 7 5.60%
B- 2 1.60%
C+ 2 1.60%
C 1 0.80%
C- 1 0.80%
D+ 1 0.80%
D 1 0.80%
D- 3 2.40%
F+ 0 0%
F 1 0.80%
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Old July 13 2013, 08:19 PM   #46
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I guess they marketed the movie wrong. I have no desire to see the movie myself. The trailers alone just smelled of "battleship" type lame movie.

Word of mouth - even on the good "fanwank" reviews -- movie too long, plot holes, etc.

So why bother.

Grown ups 2 sucks as well... looks like a weekend to skip the movies.

Despicable Me 2 was funny at least.

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Old July 13 2013, 08:28 PM   #47
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I enjoyed this film. The story wasn't the most original and the humor was mostly flat for me, however the film delivered on the promise of giant robots versus giant monsters. This is the film Transformers should've been IMO.

Mild spoilers below...







In an earlier post someone felt that the kaiju looked too similar, but I thought that was something of an explanation for that in the film. I did like how the film gave something of a reason for why the kaiju were invading Earth. It sets him a potential sequel. Hopefully the film will make enough to warrant one.
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Old July 13 2013, 10:04 PM   #48
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Sigh. Looks like Grown Ups 2 is going to win the weekend after all. PR will be lucky to get $40 million.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3701&p=.htm

What a shame, no one is going to see it, and it's the best summer movie in years.

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It is a shame that people aren't going to see it. I think it's a bigger shame that people are going to see Grown Ups 2, though.
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Old July 13 2013, 10:18 PM   #49
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I gave it an A, cause there was just buttloads of awesome in this movie. This is the live action movie for everybody who's ever actually liked a giant robo anime...this was the live-action giant robo anime!!!

Those of you who hate anime won't understand or care.
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Old July 13 2013, 10:37 PM   #50
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In an earlier post someone felt that the kaiju looked too similar, but I thought that was something of an explanation for that in the film. I did like how the film gave something of a reason for why the kaiju were invading Earth. It sets him a potential sequel. Hopefully the film will make enough to warrant one.
Yeah I understood the reasoning they gave, but I still think there was room in that explanation for more variety in design than we got.

Besides, it's the kind of movie where you kinda expect them to break a few rules for the sake of having something really cool on screen.
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Old July 13 2013, 11:06 PM   #51
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If you just want an EXTREMELY fun night at the cinema, without all the emo hand-wringing and annoying self-importance of Nolan's films where very clear good battle very clear evil...
It appears that's not what people want. This one looks to finish behind both Sandler's movie and the second week of Despicable Me 2.
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Old July 13 2013, 11:14 PM   #52
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What a shame.
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Old July 14 2013, 12:11 AM   #53
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^^^It's not too depressing for me. I really liked Despicable Me 2.

However, even if no one even considers a sequel for this movie, I'm extremely happy to have gotten even one like it.
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Old July 14 2013, 12:13 AM   #54
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I think the marketing for this movie was terrible. Only geeks who got excited about the very concept of "mechs" fighting monsters and knew about the director, had any enthusiasm. I got absolutely no vibe or buzz from this from the non-geek casual audience. Watching the trailers, I see nothing that distinguishes this from Battleship or any other generic action flop, it comes across as a movie trying to cash in on Transformers with giant robots. It needed either better marketing/trailers, or a big name actor.
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Old July 14 2013, 12:13 AM   #55
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RAMA wrote: View Post
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Sigh. Looks like Grown Ups 2 is going to win the weekend after all. PR will be lucky to get $40 million.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3701&p=.htm

What a shame, no one is going to see it, and it's the best summer movie in years.

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It's a sad state of affairs when Adam fucking Sandler and "Grown Ups 2" beats this film.
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Old July 14 2013, 12:16 AM   #56
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I gave it an A, cause there was just buttloads of awesome in this movie. This is the live action movie for everybody who's ever actually liked a giant robo anime...this was the live-action giant robo anime!!!

Those of you who hate anime won't understand or care.
I have no love for animé(hate is too strong a word), yet I LOVED PR, so your point is kind of nullified.
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Old July 14 2013, 12:23 AM   #57
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Stone_Cold_Sisko wrote: View Post
I think the marketing for this movie was terrible. Only geeks who got excited about the very concept of "mechs" fighting monsters and knew about the director, had any enthusiasm. I got absolutely no vibe or buzz from this from the non-geek casual audience. Watching the trailers, I see nothing that distinguishes this from Battleship or any other generic action flop. It needed either better marketing/trailers, or a big name actor.
Seriously?

Battleship was a movie about destroyers fighting giant alien robots, a scenario that had jack shit to do with the game it was supposed to be based on. This was a giant battlesuit fighting giant monster movie, following in a grand tradition of similar classic movies and animations.

A flop, sure, but hardly generic. Like you said, this film was always going to appeal only to a very small segment of the audience, and that small segment appreciated it.

Battleship was just badly written shit. That's the difference.
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Those of you who hate anime won't understand or care.
I have no love for animé(hate is too strong a word), yet I LOVED PR, so your point is kind of nullified.
Or, you're the exception to the rule. I'll wait for more responses that are similar before I abandon my hypothesis.
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Old July 14 2013, 12:30 AM   #58
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I think the marketing for this movie was terrible. Only geeks who got excited about the very concept of "mechs" fighting monsters and knew about the director, had any enthusiasm. I got absolutely no vibe or buzz from this from the non-geek casual audience. Watching the trailers, I see nothing that distinguishes this from Battleship or any other generic action flop. It needed either better marketing/trailers, or a big name actor.
Seriously?

Battleship was a movie about destroyers fighting giant alien robots, a scenario that had jack shit to do with the game it was supposed to be based on. This was a giant battlesuit fighting giant monster movie, following in a grand tradition of similar classic movies and animations.

A flop, sure, but hardly generic. Like you said, this film was always going to appeal only to a very small segment of the audience, and that small segment appreciated it.

Battleship was just badly written shit. That's the difference.
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A difference that's completely invisible when you just watch the trailers and other marketing material. Which is what I'm talking about.

I'm not talking about the actual quality of either film. I'm talking what the trailers and marketing project.

"Battleship was a movie about destroyers fighting giant alien robots, a scenario that had jack shit to do with the game it was supposed to be based on. This was a giant battlesuit fighting giant monster movie, following in a grand tradition of similar classic movies and animations."

To the casual audience, they're both generic-looking action movies about giant robots, which feel like "we're trying to be like Transformers".

(this is the part where someone jumps in to point out that they're not actually sentient robots in Pacific Rim and that humans are controlling them and that the robots in Battleship are aliens, and WHOOSH you just totally missed the point that these distinctions don't mean anything really to the non-geek audience when they're choosing what movie to see)
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Old July 14 2013, 12:41 AM   #59
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I think the marketing for this movie was terrible. Only geeks who got excited about the very concept of "mechs" fighting monsters and knew about the director, had any enthusiasm. I got absolutely no vibe or buzz from this from the non-geek casual audience. Watching the trailers, I see nothing that distinguishes this from Battleship or any other generic action flop. It needed either better marketing/trailers, or a big name actor.
Seriously?

Battleship was a movie about destroyers fighting giant alien robots, a scenario that had jack shit to do with the game it was supposed to be based on. This was a giant battlesuit fighting giant monster movie, following in a grand tradition of similar classic movies and animations.

A flop, sure, but hardly generic. Like you said, this film was always going to appeal only to a very small segment of the audience, and that small segment appreciated it.

Battleship was just badly written shit. That's the difference.
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A difference that's completely invisible when you just watch the trailers and other marketing material. Which is what I'm talking about.

I'm not talking about the actual quality of either film. I'm talking what the trailers and marketing project.

"Battleship was a movie about destroyers fighting giant alien robots, a scenario that had jack shit to do with the game it was supposed to be based on. This was a giant battlesuit fighting giant monster movie, following in a grand tradition of similar classic movies and animations."

To the casual audience, they're both generic-looking action movies about giant robots, which feel like "we're trying to be like Transformers".

(this is the part where someone jumps in to point out that they're not actually sentient robots in Pacific Rim and that humans are controlling them and that the robots in Battleship are aliens, and WHOOSH you just totally missed the point that these distinctions don't mean anything really to the non-geek audience when they're choosing what movie to see)
Fair enough, but what do you expect the studio to do about that? Having big names didn't actually help Battleship, did it? Neither did what marketing it got. Using that as an example, your only hope is to attract people who like to see big mechanical things stomping down the street (and Transformers' detractors always seem to forget that, drek storytelling or no, all three of those freaking movies made ridiculous bank).

Big names don't help. Broad marketing won't help. Giant robots make bajillions. You're the guy that has to promote PR. How the hell else would you do it?
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Old July 14 2013, 12:51 AM   #60
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Those of you who hate anime won't understand or care.
I have no love for animé(hate is too strong a word), yet I LOVED PR, so your point is kind of nullified.
Or, you're the exception to the rule. I'll wait for more responses that are similar before I abandon my hypothesis.
I am not really familiar with any anime. Other than "Spirited Away" (which I loved), I have no knowledge of it.

My love for this movies stems from the Ray Harryhausen and Godzilla movies that I loved as a child.

One more exception I guess!
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