OT: Pacific Rim Review

I’m not a big movie, but I do know a good movie when I see one, and Pacific Rim was not it. Aside from moderately impressive CGI, this movie had very little to offer.

In the first 15 minutes of the movie, I thought, “Okay, this is a little cheesy already, but the fight scenes are pretty entertaining.” Then it got worse from there.

Immediately in the movie, you’ll see how incredibly corny the characters are. Remember that old movie Agent Cody Banks with Frankie Muniz where he’s a teenage special agent? Yeah- Pacific Rim’s characters were like that. The epitome of corny.

After the movie’s opening action scene, you’ll see the main character and his brother walking down a hallway, with big jackets on (collars popped) and this big, overly-accentuated “swag-walk” (as my friend called it). You know those corny walks where the character is supposed to look cool, so he walks real fast and swings his arms abruptly, as he has some serious dialogue? This was one of those walks.

In addition to the terrible acting, there was very heavy foreshadowing. This movie was so predictable, I thought I had seen it before. It was that bad. As the lead male and lead female characters first met at the beginning of the movie, I knew right away, “they’re gonna fall in love.” (Spoiler alert: they do).

As if predictability and cliche characters weren’t enough, there was just such a weak story to it. It’s almost as if the writers sat at a table and said, “Alright, these monsters are going to attack and our characters will fight them off. Where do these monsters come from? Why are they here? Never mind that. What’s our CGI budget?”

I’m not going to act like there was no story or question-answering. There was a little bit of “this is why the monsters are here, this is where they come from” type development, but it came late in the movie, and it was VERY weak. But to be honest, there were other things wrong with the plot other than a lack of information. It was all just a poor attempt at justifying an already unrealistic monster-apocalypse, and an unlikely “small-world” scenario in which too many characters have an unrelated previous history.

Then, if bad acting, predictability, and enormous plot-holes aren’t enough to convince you that this movie was bad, it had yet another flaw: WAY too many fight scenes. You can tell this movie was written by and written for people who don’t give two shits about story, they just want to see robots fighting monsters. There was literally one point where another predictable and redundant fight scene commenced, and I rolled my eyes. “Is this movie over yet?” I thought. I mean- we get it. The robots can beat up the monsters. Get to the point.

I would take my 8-10 year-old child to see this (if I had one.) But if you’re an intelligent, world-pondering adult with a taste for realism and well-written stories, you’re not going to enjoy it. I’m not saying you’re a dumbass if you like this movie. All I’m saying is that you’re really not going to like this movie unless mindless fight scenes, explosions, and destruction are your thing.

Overall score: 2/10

(I would give it a 0, but the CGI was okay (1st point), and the movie at least provided some minimal entertainment sprouting from it’s action-filled scenes (2nd point).)

P.S. — Why is it called Pacific Rim? Yeah, the movie all takes place along coasts of the Pacific, but there’s a reason why Ferris Bueller’s Day Off isn’t called Lake Michigan.

July 19th, 2013
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mfw 2/10

July 19th, 2013

I’m not a big movie,

Damn. I meant to say “I’m not a big movie guy.”

Proofreading skills are woat

July 19th, 2013

its an ode to Godzilla monster movies of the past, its not supposed to have an amazing story and the terrible acting and bad voice overs of the old movies where something amazing to be loved, not judged based on average movie standards. Not every movie gotta be ground breaking, some fill a niche so a lot of your criticism is pretty much negated.

you went to a local circus and expected circus de soleil and thats all on you.

July 19th, 2013
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Guillermo del Toro directing, dude practically does nerd shit for fun so was not surprised to see him on this project & considered it homage to the Japanese mecha and Kaiju films, bit harsh but understandable I guess.

July 19th, 2013

July 19th, 2013
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Why is it called Pacific Rim?

Because the rip was made in the Pacific ?



you’re probably the only person I’ve heard to say the movie was bad

Avengers=8.3 = Movie Of 2012
Pacific Rim=7.9 = ?

Its right under arguably one of the highest grossing films of all time –___-
Also not rated to far behind that and thats Audience reviews the critics had it only 5 points below it on the metric

you my friend I don’t know what you were watching but it is a great watch, and it truly attest to why you must go to the theater to see movies such as this. This movie is what IMAX was made for

July 19th, 2013

I liked it alot but the main character was a horrible actor but other then that it was good.

July 19th, 2013
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Yeezy said it was good, I gotta see this.

July 19th, 2013

I’ve read a bunch of reviews for this movie (at least about 10 or so) and this is pretty much the only negative one I’ve seen. Sounds like OP just doesn’t like Godzilla movies

July 19th, 2013
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looks like something i’d hate.

July 19th, 2013
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July 19th, 2013
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Haven’t seen it, but would probably agree with OP. Godzilla is WOAT.

July 19th, 2013

Yeah, the characters were cory as fuck…I just loved the fight scenes though

July 19th, 2013

Why is it called Pacific Rim?
Because the rip was made in the Pacific ?

Like I said in my review:

but there’s a reason why Ferris Bueller’s Day Off isn’t called Lake Michigan.

July 19th, 2013