Top 5 Reasons to see Pacific Rim (2013)
1# I’m convinced that there is nothing too large or wildly imaginative in scale for Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro to be able to handle: always there is a deeply human resonance to his films. His characters rage and fear and bristle against constraints. and then there is that child-like humor (child-like not child-ish). You’ll get the scientific explanations in this science fiction, and you will most definitely amp up on the action in this action film, but, dammit, this is a family drama, too–and del Toro will make you understand just what is at stake–in the film…and outside it. Never underestimate human ingenuity.
a cool article about del Toro at “Film School Rejects“
#2 Idris Elba as Marshall Stacker Pentecost delivers a inimitable presence. That calm demeanor, indeed, should not be taken for granted, nor should the suit and desk work relegate to him mere locker-room-coach speeches in the viewer’s mind. He does inspire, but he is also capable of alternating between tender and kick-ass–and well sometimes tenderness is an ass-kicking. I really dig his camaraderie with Herc(ules) Hansen (Max Martini); which is also vital to that particular twist there.
#3 I would love to see Mana Ashida’s performance as the child Mako Mori earn her a best supporting actress award, maybe three or four. Her terror was palpable, her physical expression utterly convincing.
#4 The scale is particular to the reason why you should experience this in theater: the sound and fury, the lighting and the sheer spectacle. I was a bit worried about the film being too Rock’em Sock’em for me, and with ticket prices as they are…but I was more than charmed. Sean: “Pacific Rim has the most successful rendering of mechs in American film.” Guillermo Navarro directing photography is a gifted collaborator of del Toro and del Toro fans should recognize his work. Movie-goers have begun to tire of film-making’s seeming reliance upon computer generated imagery (cgi)–like auto-tune is to music industry consumers. Del Toro and his usual suspects have some practice here and it shows; the image above is a good example a sequence where cgi meets real in ways that will not test the viewers already willing suspension of disbelief.
#5: Raleigh Beckett (Charlie Hunnam) confronting a paternalistic Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) regarding Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) permission to go into combat with him: “You think you are protecting her, but what you are doing is holding her back.” This is one action flick with more than a few viable heroes that : do not dispense the typical one-liners. & let’s say any “romance” is tempered.