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Pilot News Movie Review: Pacific Rim

July 13, 2013

AHHHH! IT'S GODZILLA! No, no ladies and gentlemen it's just Director Guillermo del Toro's latest creation.

The film Pacific Rim is based on a futuristic world where enormous monsters surfacing from the depths of the ocean emerge to threaten all of mankind. The monsters- appearing to be dinosaurs on steroids- are grandiose creatures as del Toro illustrates Travis Beachman's story on the big screen.

Del Toro's attention to detail is impeccable as monster and machine clash to destroy and demolish only to again destroy and demolish with bigger creatures. The monsters referred to as Kaiju bear del Toro's touch as they resemble previous work in other films such as Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth.

The hope of humanity rests in the hands of a select group of pilots capable of syncing their brain functions together with a copilot to function one equally monstrous machine. Del Toro transitions effortlessly through dream-like scenes of the "neural bridging" of two pilots with their machine blending flesh and blood with cold steel.

The protagonist is a young pilot of a Jaeger, as the defensive war machines are called, who after mourning the lose of his brother and copilot for 5 years returns on the request of his Marshall Stacker Pentecost. Pentecost is the father-figure in this film as del Toro is well known for his protagonist being influenced by father figures. The young pilot returns try to postpone the end of the world.

There are several many distinctions making del Toro's aesthetic prevalent using industrial scenes and several city sequences with vibrant, contrasting colors throughout. Also included as one of the director's markers is the casting of Ron Perlman.

The cast is relatively unknown with the exception of Perlman and Charlie Day of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Idris Elba of The Wire.

Destruction dominates the film but del Toro's subtle emotional undertones allows viewers not to be overwhelmed by the mass amount of destruction throughout.

It is a must see for del Toro fans but also for those who enjoy the size and destruction brought about by massive machines like Transformers, Voltron and the anime classic Gundam Wing or over-sized beasts as in the Jurassic Park movies, Cloverfield, Godzilla and King Kong.

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