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On a special Fright Bites episode of Terror Obscura, Fear Fan takes a bite out of Pacific Rim, the latest from director Guillermo del Toro!

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  • albert

    Saw it, as a life long godzilla fan it was a great movie. Very engaging and it put you on the edge of your seat. Even my girlfriend who came in not really wanting to see it came out liking it a lot.

  • Barb

    Saw it a week ago with my 16 year old nephew, who had a big grin on his face throughout the film. I loved it, and plan on seeing it again.

  • Zorha

    Absolutely right, Fear Fan, you can tell this was a labor of love for Del Toro and crew. They skillfully used the PG-13 rating, implying off-screen death and wholesale destruction of evacuated city blocks. This keeps the action light hearted without being overly dour. We saw this in 80’s cartoon series, such as Voltron, and it echoes with fun nostalgia in Pacific Rim.

    Del Toro also has an otaku like obsession for fine details, something that is very apparent in the Mecha and Kaiju designs. Behind armored plates and scales, we see interlocking servos and glowing acid sacs. Each of the mecha and kaiju have unique designs and stand out not only within the context of the movie, but even against Toho and Daiei film studios.

    I can’t wait to see what makes it into the BLU-RAY from the cutting room flow, which could be up to an hour! Need more Cherno Alpha and Coyote Tango …

    • fearfanforever

      Well said!
      I’ve always loved the attention to detail del Toro has for his sets, and special effects, and seeing him cut loose with a big budget was a real treat. Actually, despite all the comparisons to transformers, I found the Jaegers to be far more visually appealing since they seemed more ‘solid’ not to mention visually distinct. Actually, it’s what I would have hoped for from a Transformers film in the first place…
      Also, I’d be very interested in seeing if the Russian and Chinese crews got more character development.

  • Alexa

    I was sold when it came to Del Toro’s name being mentioned. And I was not disappointed. Not only was I excited and engaged but I cried, while watching. Yeah cried, not out of agony from the movie being awful, but out of sympathy for one of its characters. Its been awhile since that has happened. And hopefully people will go see it and it will become a sleeper hit.

    • fearfanforever

      Well, despite the initially disappointing box office, I’m hoping that it’ll keep up a steady trickle of viewers drawn in by word of mouth. Fingers crossed, and don’t forget to spread the word!

  • Randolph Quazalpene

    Based on the sales Its becoming painfully clear that the general public just doesn’t want a fun, fast pace blockbuster that leaves you with a warm kid-like glow of “that was Awesome”. Clearly there was a lack of urinary jokes that could have boosted sales >_<

    Certainly I adore Pacific Rim for all its glorious fun cheese. I finally got my $200M Godzilla and Jet Jaguar cross over that was in my head since I was kid. Little did I know as a kid I would get my dream…in glorious Imax. It's weird that a giant robot movie made me feel giddy and just plain happy, like watching an old Disney movie as a kid. Is it just brain candy, yes. But its sweet all the way through, with very little sour parts (though there is a few here an there, booo). Pacific Rim, while not complex, filled with deep characters or meaning, is really well executed overall. I eagerly await for my directors cut….maybe buy two just in case.

    While is it failing? As detailed on other reviews perhaps there's a little bit of John Carter marketing problems and issues behind the scenes. Perhaps its fatigue over giant spectacles and people just seeing trailers as this as being just another battleship or transformers. It could also be that its release and showings are limited, as grown ups 2 is shown at least triple the number of theatres. I hope dearly that is international numbers pick up a lot, and are not "fudged" in the name of Hollywood accounting to make Pacific Rim a bust.

    Pacific Rim deserves a bit of love… but sadly again maybe we just don't deserve nice things anymore, or our tastes have really become that base.

    • fearfanforever

      Yeah, I blame the marketing for the most part, especially that crappy ad they did where the screen got smaller and smaller to illustrate that people should see it on the big screen. Whoever came up with that one deserves to not only be fired, but shot as well…
      Also, now thinking of starting the next Fright Bites by pointing to a poster of this movie with its opening weekend BO figures written beneath and screaming, “THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS ANYMORE!”

  • Cristiona

    Cheese? No sir, not cheese. A touch of melodrama, perhaps, but this was a classic action movie. The kind that hasn’t been made in a long, long time. This is to action what Raiders of the Lost Ark was to the adventure movie.

    It’s a damn shame that this isn’t shattering box office records.

    • fearfanforever

      True, but the fans will always love it.
      Truth be told, the same thing happened last year with the brilliant Cabin in the Woods. Oh, well. Maybe some day people will actually support the originality they claim to crave.

  • TheScottCSmith

    Great review, Leslie. I guess I’m one of your dour and jaded viewers as I didn’t enjoy this movie. That said, though, I thought it delivered well on its premise and as you mentioned, it was clear that everyone involved enjoyed what they were doing. Just not my cup o’ tea, as the kids say. Do they actually say that?

    • fearfanforever

      Aw, that’s all right. :-)
      As a reviewer, it’s my job to be opinionated, and I understand that with anything I review, other people’s mileage may vary.
      Anyway, glad that you liked the review anyway, and I’m always happy to hear other people’s opinions.

  • James Elfers

    I saw the movie this afternoon. I am glad that I only paid matinee prices. I DID enjoy the movie but far less than I expected to. I found just about every character a cliché from the stern black commander to the All American hero with a wounded heart to the Japanese female nerd who just happens to be a wiz at martial arts. I expected more from Del Toro. I enjoyed this movie far less than I have any of his other films. I will recommend it to my giant monster fan friends but I will tell them to lower their expectations, turn off their brains, and definitely only pay matinee prices to go see it. Had I paid those three extra bucks I would have felt that I had been ripped off.

    • Cristiona

      See, I viewed the characters being archetypes as a good thing. It was part of the point of the whole thing. Just like the characters being archetypes was the point in Sky Captain.

      They were supposed to be a little cliche, it was a throwback action movie with modern effects. Yes, archetypes can be lazy shorthand, but they can also be used intentionally. Just like how Not All Tropes Are Bad, neither are archetypes. They do exist for a reason, after all.

      • James Elfers

        There’s throwback and there’s venturing into the palaeolithic. I understand that the movies and anime that Del Toro are referencing rely upon stock and cliché characters. HOWEVER I could plot the story arcs of EVERY character in this movie. There were NO surprises. In the original anime and kaiju there was at least one character who was a wild card and did not conform to trope and stereotype. Also by quoting Star Wars this movie violates one of the tenets of the MST3K crew namely “Don’t quote a superior film in your crappy one,” While Pacific Rim is far from crappy when I heard that line in this movie I wanted to watch Star Wars again, The tropes in Star Wars (also based on Japanese films) at least had a patina of originality. You left Star Wars recalling not just the space battles but things like the Force. I left this Pacific Rim with a smile on my face but I was mostly happy that I had only paid matinee prices to see it. Star wars is remembered decades later. Pacific Rim is as forgettable as yesterday’s headlines.

  • CthulhuBob

    This oneleft me giddy and grinning from ear-to-ear like The Avengers did. And yes it was exactly as you stated, the heart shone through in every frame. My main concern when it comes to making BO is that here in Vancouver it seems to be showing almost exclusively on IMAX and 3D screens. You would think that would limit viewings due to price concerns. But in my case that means that this was my very first 3D movie which is definitely not a bad thing.

  • nosoupforyou

    I’ll wait for this when they put it on demand (Comcast/xfinity). I’ve seen this story done a million times before. I don’t need cgi porn to enjoy giant robots and monsters.

  • JD

    My 14 year old inner child loved every moment of this.

  • Torgeaux

    I can truthfully say that no movie before this one has ever held me riveted to the screen for over two hours. Wow! Remembered all the Godzilla movies I loved and saw as a child in the theaters so long ago. Thank you everyone who was involved making this film.

    • $36060516

      “I can truthfully say that no movie before this one has ever held me riveted to the screen for over two hours”

      Not even “Manos: The Hands of Fate?” ;-)

      • fearfanforever

        I prefer the Director’s Cut, with another half hour of footage that really fleshes out Torgo.