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Plot
An alien rift opens up in the pacific ocean and giant monsters start pouring out. After failing to stop them with our usual tanks and planes, the world unites to make giant mech robots punch the monsters to death. Because the robots are so big and complex, controlling them alone is too intense for a single human brain to comprehend. So mech robots are piloted by two crew members who mind meld with each other to share the power load. The better in-synch the pilots are with each other, the better the robots perform. The movie follows the events as monster outbreaks increase and a last ditch effort to close the portal is put into motion.

The Bad
There is a LOT to get through in the movie in terms of world building. Sometimes so much so that you don't get a chance to absorb it all in. Likewise, since there's so much going on the characters don't get very developed either. Outside the 3 main characters, the rest of the characters are simplified stereotypes. There's the Russians. The asian martial artists. The bickering scientists who are too stubborn to appreciate each other's work. The drug dealer harvesting monster organs for the black market. The temperamental rookie and the stoic vet who also happen to be father and son. Etc.

The Good
Everything else is fantastic. The action is amazing. The cinematography always gives you a clear idea of what's going on while still keeping you in the heat of the action. The special effects are awesome. And even as thinly sketched and generic the other characters are, you can tell they're all having a lot of fun in their roles and they're genuinely entertaining to watch. It borderlines on campy but never quite dives off the deep end and goes full blown stupid the way some other action films (like The Mummy franchise) do. This is definitely the American Godzilla movie we never got.

I think during the scene where the giant mech robot was using an oil tanker ship as a sword is what made me just throw up my hands and go "fuck it, this is just awesome!" Every time you go "that was an awesome fight scene" it just keeps building up the next and the next and the next. I saw it in IMAX 3-D and while I could tell that it was post-converted in some places, the 3D did help to give everything a sense of scale and power. Several times during the film I heard the audience "ooh" and "aah" as monsters were torn apart and punched. This is a very... visceral film.

Conclusion
See it. Seriously, just go see it. It's a damn entertaining movie and I haven't been this energized for an action film in ages. Sure, it does have a few problems, mostly in the character department, but it's still leaps and bounds above other action films that we remember as cult classics today so... don't let that stop you.

Think of it like a Jackie Chan film. You don't go see a Jackie Chan film for his brilliant acting and character portrayal. You see a Jackie Chan film to see him perform insane stunts and kick ass. Likewise here, you KNOW going in that you're not seeing it for the character development or the plot. You're going in to see giant robots fighting sea monsters. And boy, does this film deliver!
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samuelskanvis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
For a film with such a generic theme though, it has more character development than a lot of other film sin the genre :) Saw it today and loved the hell out of it!
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Midyin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really enjoyed the movie. I would have liked there to be more story and Character development, and hell, even more Kaiju fighting, but this movie had to build the world, explain it to us, introduce the characters, and lastly(but most importantly) Entertain us all crammed into about 2 hours, So considering the time restraints it was pretty damn impressive...


had they spent any more time explaining things and building story/characters it would have suffered from the same thing that "Robot Jocks" did. A movie about Giant Robot fights with only two actual Robot fights in it.
Don't get me wrong, Robot Jocks was a good movie, with a strong story, but anyone that seen it to watch Robots fight were disappointed...
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Stitchpunk0 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just saw the movie, freaking love the hell out of it.
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I liked how the Kuji ended up being Jaegers of their world, that was a cool twist.
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blueeyes1345 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i can't wait to watch it.
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Muscle-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
You said "This is definitely the American Godzilla movie we never got." It's thought that this is a testing ground for next year's Legendary Pictures Godzilla movie. Producers are gaging reaction for giant monster movies and to see if there are any bugs to work out for Godzy's appearance.
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Mmkaay Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
-sigh- I probably shouldn't have said to my dad and brothers when they invited me the other night; "Nah, I don't wanna see it." and stayed home and browsed the internet.
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TrueDesknight Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Basically.
Kinda wonder if they'll do a prequel to this though to get that background story in and really explain how it all started.
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Muffin-Smasher99 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really? it looks like a Transformers know-off.
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kalashnikovmarine Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not even slightly, Bay cannot create awesome of this magnitude, nor would he know what to do with Kaiju Eiga as a film genre if it bit him on the ass.
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888poke Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yet as amazing as it was, Grown Ups 2 beat it...
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elitadream Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I couldn't agree more with you on this! :D Great review, and indeed, the movie was fantastic. :dummy:
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LadyKartoffel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Thank you for making me not feel crazy. I kept reading and viewing reviews that talked about how AWESOME the DEEP the character development was, and that was the one part of the movie I was kind of disappointed in. I was like, did MovieBob and I see the same movie, or am I just nuts? I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one kind of overwhelmed by too much info. In my opinion, I think the introductory exposition should have been movie 1, and this movie should have been a sequel. It would have taken care of a lot of the thinly developed characters and way too much world to absorb at once.
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TheComicBookGuy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Conclusion - I must see this movie o,o 
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AlexORio Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I need to see this, too bad I don't have many money. XD
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joshanne Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I was told that this is like a live action anime film.  I can't wait to see it.
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dimestoremagic Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Just for the record, they ARE making a godzilla movie here, lol.
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The movie was surprisingly deep in the character department. As was the plot, I guess, if you're into minimalistic approaches to worldbuilding.

I mean, the dog that Herc and Chuck shared was their middleman for fatherly/son love. They couldn't show it to each other, so they showed it to the dog. They even let the dog do most of their socializing. And let's not get into just how great a character Stacker Pentecost was. Huge scene-chewing ham, sure, but holy fuck he had presence, authority, flaws, strengths, epic lines, and a backstory that wasn't just tacked on. He was the real deal.
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Genesis-Omega Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
As a fan of Megas XLR, I feel I must say this: I dig giant robots. Having read this, I think it deserves a look and I will indeed try to see it (I may have to rent it because buyer's remorse adds up). Just seeing the commercials I knew there was something to look forward to, and reading this tells me that it might be right up my alley. That said, I have odd taste in movies and enjoyed a lot of movies that even the actors hated being a part of (The live action Super Mario Bros. movie being a great example).
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someguynobodyknows Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So it's a film that accepts the silliness of its own basis and just revels in the amount of awesome that modern special effects can bring to it? Sounds a lot like Cowboys & Aliens. Since I enjoyed that immensely and was already looking forward to Pacific Rim . . . damn.
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Kerrigore Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To be fair, I rather liked the stereotype characters.  I have a feeling some of that (the scientists and Ron Pearlman's character) was done intentionally since you can't have a good kaiju movie without some corny characters.  The story was good enough that it rose above the average B-movie camp for the genre, at least for me.

But yes, this movie was pretty damn awesome and I'd recommend it to anyone who just wants to have an awesome time at a summer movie.  It's a passionate film really, a modern homage to the old kaiju films.
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Genisay Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hhhmmmm....sounds a lot like Evangelion meets Aquarius.  Not a bad combo XD

Agggh!  I /wanna/ go see it, but thanks to the break at the beginning of summer, I don't know if I'm gonna have the spare funds while it is still in theaters....*sniff*
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Parchisi2004 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I think it was supposed to be Evangelion at first but it didn't get enough attention. So they had to change some things. Least that's what it looks like to me.
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Genisay Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah...been really busy with stuff lately, so I haven't done a lot of digging into it just yet. But it's possible.
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KidSapiens Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
My only complaint is that there wasn't MORE of it.

I wanted to see ALL the Jaegers!
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Amgeo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I thought that the characters were actually quite good.  In hindsight they were very flat, but the script was good enough that I wasn't sitting there annoyed.  And when Not-Stephen Hawking and Charlie Day agreed to team up, I found myself grinning like an idiot.
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NinjaiDiablo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the review... I'm excited to go see it sometime this week.
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vindurza Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I really really want to see it my roommate came home and he was extremely excited and happy about the film
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
Four words: ROCKET POWERED ROBOT PUNCH!!
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pinestater234 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Photographer
But I liked The Mummy movies,  well at least the first two.  They never seemed to take themselves too seriously,  had a lot of action and character development seemed acceptable enough.  
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DEADZ0RS Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
made me just throw up my hands and go "fuck it, this is just awesome!"

I think this is the overall consensus for this movie. It goes to show that sometimes a movie doesn't have to be taken so seriously to still be enjoyable and fun.
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Jonas72 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
"You see a Jackie Chan film to see him perform insane stunts and kick ass." And the end-credits bloopers, which are always hysterical. ;)
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taiyou-burst Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The only reason I actual went to see the movie was because of two reasons; 1) It is a Western Tokusatsu movie (essentially a Power Rangers esque movie) that had hardly any influence from Japan. Sure they had their moments but as far as I can tell the story, filming, effects, were all western originated, where as Power Rangers is just a redub of Super Sentai with their own spin on the story. 2) My lecturer recommended it to me when we were discussing Giant Mech shows a while back.

All in all, even though the 3D did have slight gimmicky elements to it (Pop-up instead of depth), and the thing with the pacing of the story, IT WAS AWESOME!!! I still haven't gotten any sleep due to being so pumped up about it
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Didn't Del Toro say that he drew heavily on the animes he watched as a kid and the movie was a giant love letter to all the Japanese monster movies of his youth? Because I'm pretty sure that's exactly what he said in an interview. :P

Either way, the movie ROCKED. OUR. FACES.
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taiyou-burst Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never said it wasn't influenced, nor that it wasn't inspired by anime, but I am saying that, according to my knowledge (which isn't much) the main creation team for the movie was predominately western. Also while it my have been inspired by other anime (I'm guessing Giant Mech) there are a lot of Tokusatsu elements. Specifically the armor, the multi-piloted mechs, and the fact that the Kaiju are a combination of monster and alien (the two main things that Toku Warriors fight against), and yeah you can see where I'm going here.

But yeah your right, my face was ROCKED! TO! THE! MMMMMAAAAAAXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!
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estuaree Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like your journals because you're not afraid to get excited about something you like.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why should I be afraid? Life is short, like what you like. :)
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LadyStarwing Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe the screenwriter (the man behind Pan's Labyrinth, his name escapes me at the moment) said that "Pacific Rim" was a love-letter to the traditional Kaiju films; your review just makes it seem every bit as awesome of a love letter to kaiju films as I was hoping. 

Now to save up money to go see it
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I definitely agree.

Take a look at what Mega Man creator Hideo Kojima tweeted about the movie as he was watching it. I think he sums up the love and affection the movie had for giant monster movies from Japan quite nicely: kotaku.com/hideo-kojima-review...
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CanadianVampireSpino Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I think you meant Metal Gear creator.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah you're right. My bad.
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ferriore Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Guillermo del Toro ;)
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LadyStarwing Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)

I'm bad at remembering names
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ferriore Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, it's my pleasure :peace:
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MetalGear65 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Something Del Tolor(Sp?)
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ferriore Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Guillermo del Toro ;)
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MetalGear65 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Thank you kindlly
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ferriore Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :peace:
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Bjarru Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I gotta disagree with your opinion about character development. It is one of my favourite part of the film. Yeah, some character are stereotyped, but not in the bad way. I only wish they had more screen time, the Russian and the Chinese were awesome.
The best part is that every character has a purpose, a reason to be there. No needless fanservice, or stupid sex scene out of nowhere. No super busty super sexy women in metal bikini. This film was politically correct without it being forced. The crew is international and has both genders because it makes sense.
Mako is one of the best female character in a Hollywood film Ive ever seen. She is a Character. Not because they had to add a girl or wanted some sexy scenes, but because she is important to the plot and the crew.
Dad and his Son were damn good characters as well. They were not The Mean Team. Son may be an asshole, but he does love his father and has a sense of honour.
Marshall is badass. Not perfect, but he does care, he makes change because he wants and he can. A real hero and his care for Mako is touching.
I can go on forever. But to sum it up, the character development was my favourite part. Fighting was fun, monsters fantastic. But characters were the best part, imho
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Sounds interesting.
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