Monday, 30 December 2013

Pacific Rim: Entertaining … !

28th December, 2013.
Blimey, THAT was entertaining … !

Really … !

No, really … !

Hmmm … 

I’d better slow down … and tell you why I seem to have proliferating ellipsis … 


You see, I’ve been over old friend, Kevin D’s, tonight: we both fancied company, and Kevin had something of a treat in store.

The 2013, Guillermo Del Toro directed, monster — and I do mean monster — movie that is Pacific Rim.

And it HAS to be said, it’s a film I found both spectacular … and entertaining … 

30th December, 2013.
AND something it’s taken me a long time in getting back to … !

I’ll be frank, since Saturday night, when myself and Kevin actually saw Pacific Rim, it’s been a touch busy: not least because on Sunday — yesterday, in other words — I was helping with my nephew, Jude’s birthday party.

You possibly wouldn’t believe — unless you’re a parent —exactly how mentally exhausting watching a bunch of three year olds can be … !

At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, I’m now happily back to the action.

Well, ok: back to the post … !

And to my point: of telling you about the film Kevin and I caught, Saturday night: the 2013, Guillermo del Toro directed, Pacific Rim.

Set in the late 2020s, the film tells us of the war being fought between the people of Earth and the Kaiju*: hideous — and huge — creatures who are invading Earth from an inter-dimensional portal, at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

And being fought by a UN military body that uses Jægers: huge fight mecha†, driven by two pilots, whose brains are linked together to spread the otherwise damaging mental load.

The trigger point for the film … ?

Is the fact that the organisation who controls the Rangers, the military unit that consists of the jægers and their pilots, is to be closed, and replaced by a BIG wall.

A big wall that fails to protect several cities, when especially large kaijus start attacking.

Leaving the unit’s commander, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) to call up the retired Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), along with several other pilots, in a last ditch Attempt to make sure the Kaijus — AND their portal — go out with a bang!


Now, where, I hear you ask, does that leave Kevin and myself, in regards to the film … ?

Well, mildly disagreeing.   I think we both saw it as entertaining, Kevin was somewhat underwhelmed, feeling it not to have lived up to the advertising, with me finding it — if not seriously high art — than certainly worth the money.

Hmmm … 

Either way, I think my best bet is to leave you seeing stars, isn’t it … ?
Pacific Rim
Paul ★★★☆
Kevin ★★☆☆
Average ★★½☆☆

*        The word, Kaiju is Japanese, and roughly translates as ‘strange creature’: in the past five decades or so, it’s been applied to the type of monster that appear in Japanese monster movies.   Things like Godzilla, in other words.

†         Mecha is another word of Japanese origins: and one that usually refers to giant humanoid, powered suits that, in the associated manga and films, are driven by humans, and used for all sorts of purposes.   The Jægers are one: the mecha in BattleTech are another, as are the loaders we see Ripley using in Aliens.

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