22nd July 2013
You don’t like FX-only movies, right? You can guess the plot from the trailer, and it then falls apart from the very first minutes – you just find it fairly hard to believe, without first turning off your brain – either willfully, if you are well-trained in mental/djedi techniques, or with the help of beer/other alcohol. Then, all you get are the special effects thrown in your face in the post-processing-added, ugly and eye-hurting 3D. There are a few “wow” moments, but that’s it – you leave the cinema with the mixed feelings of emptiness, lost time and money, and disappointment.
If that sounds familiar – go watch Pacific Rim. Go with the above-described expectations. Do watch the HD trailer. Try not to read anything revealing the plot – that could be a serious spoiler. Just one hint: you may want to sit through the 3D credits (about 2 minutes) for one final movie scene. I’ve heard there’s also something after the non-3D credits, but wasn’t patient enough to verify that.
Pacific Rim leaves a pleasant double-sided impression. On the one hand, it seems painted with juicy, crude and colorful paintbrush strokes; on the other, details get a sometimes unexpected extreme attention. Overall balance – not only in terms of details/overall rigidity – is good. Cliches are used with the tiniest hint of a burlesque feature, helping mitigate distasteful impressions.
This movie, just like most others in the Sci-Fi-tangential sphere, will not survive detailed critical analysis. However, it will not fall apart while you are still watching it. Even when you start analyzing it afterward – you may recollect some details you haven’t paid attention to initially, but now – after you try disassembling the plot points – they will start making more sense.
Obviously, this one should be watched at the movies and in IMAX or RealD. I found 3D quality to be good. I wonder if they filmed it in 3D… too lazy to search for that