Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Spotlight: Pacific Rim (Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day)

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, 3, 2 , 1… Frankie Go Boom, Nicholas Nickleby) as Raleigh Becket
Idris Elba (The Losers, Thor, Prometheus) as Stacker Pentecost
Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, The Brothers Bloom, Norwegian Wood) as Mako Mori
Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Horrible Bosses, Going the Distance) as Dr. Newton Geiszler
Burn Gorman (Game of Thrones, The Dark Knight Rises, Torchwood) as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
Max Martini (Saving Private Ryan, Level 9, The Unit) as Herc Hansen
Robert Kazinsky (EastEnders, True Blood, Red Tails) as Chuck Hansen
Clifton Collins, Jr. (Scott Pligrim vs. the World, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, Star Trek) as Tendo Choi
Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy, Teen Titans, 1000 Ways to Die) as Hannibal Chau
Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland, Men in Trees, Mean Girls) as Yancy Becket
Ellen McLain (Half-Life 2, Portal, Team Fortress 2) as Jaeger AI

If there is one type of movie directors want to film, I am sure a large percentage of them would say they would want to do a movie with huge robots and if there was one man perfect for this, it would be the man behind Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro. This film is a new favourite of mine and may be one of the best of this year. It brought a good mix of action and emotion, with incredible fight scenes as well as character progression that touches your heart box. The Jaegers were awesome and the Kaiju always differentiated, as they always evolved each time you see them on screen. Charlie Hunnam is a great main character and fits this role nicely, all the character do. There is not one person on the cast who I didn’t think deserved to be there. The doctor duo of Charlie Day and Burn Gorman made for a very entertaining time, as Day usually does. I really want to give del Toro props, as he did gaming fans a huge service of getting voice of GLaDOS, Ellen McLain, to do the voice of the Jaeger computer systems, as well as not over doing it. If you have not seen this movie you definitely should, as you will be blown away with how phenomenal it is. Also down below is a great video made by Polaris (formerly The Game Station) with praise from Guillermo del Toro himself. I watched this video before I saw Pacific Rim and it made me so excited to watch the movie.


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