Friday, 26 July 2013

Pacific Rim (in 3D)

In full Japanese style – i.e. Godzilla versus some other giant monster type thing, Pacific Rim is fun on a large scale. The monsters, known as Kaiju, are aliens who have found a way to travel to earth via a portal from deep within the ocean. The 3D works well for the technology in this movie as we are shown triple layer transparent computer screens that the actors are operating, but other than that 2D would be just as impressive. Whilst you might be thinking this film is all about Robots apparently the ‘Robots’ are really exoskeletons (called Jaeger) which take 2 humans to operate from the inside – I guess it’s like a form of puppetry. It is up to the talented Jaeger pilots to keep these immense aliens at bay whilst the aliens arriving on the planet are becoming bigger and stronger. Directed by Guillermo del Toro of Hellboy fame, it isn’t surprising to see Ron Perlman play a colourful character in this. What adds to this film is that it's been made in a way so you can see and in some ways feel how heavy and immense the Jaegers are, but if they lose the fight they are equally like giant tin cans that can easily be ripped open. Can the world be saved before it's destroyed? Well that’s the mission so you'll have to go and find out! An enjoyable movie with great robot effects for a summer evening’s entertainment.

[Extra scene: there's a 20 second scene during the credits, so you might want to stick around for that.]