Pacific Rim

Posted: November 21, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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Just a heads up before we get started, this isn’t a part of the “Movies We’re Thankful For” series.

I will admit, I went into this film with a healthy, and justified in my opinion, bit of skepticism.  I mean let’s be honest, giant robots fighting giant aliens to save the world? Sounds a bit ridiculous especially for a director as respected as Guillermo Del Toro. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised. Dont get me wrong, this is total B-Movie fodder but with a huge budget and solid actors thrown behind it which makes for a totally different experience.

Long story short, a giant rift opens beneath the ocean in the…you guessed it, Pacific Rim. The rift acts as a bridge between our world and that of a race of aliens evidently trying to destroy our world. There is no shortage of ridiculous concept here and large amounts of robot vs. alien action isnt doing much to help that fact. That’s not to say this film isn’t a ton of fun though. Del Toro helps to bring it back down to earth and keep it from being too wacky.

It’s not quite high concept, but sometimes it is nice to have some mindless fun. This film provides plenty of that and then some. Not the best acting, script, or most original concept but I loved it. It was a just over two hour escape from reality that kept me entertained. Give it a shot if you want to watch a film that you don’t have to think too much about.

-Heath

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