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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

makes me long for Michael Bay-esque coherence (Pacific Rim trailer)


Two thousand five hundred tons of Tonka toys.

Shorter this trailer: Monsters! But we are awesome.Then we suck. Surprise! We get awesome again.

Actually, that’s somewhat more logical and orderly than the trailer.

But sure. Go ahead and pick up a container freighter and see what happens.


US/Canada release date: Jul 12 2013 | UK release date: Jul 12 2013
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  • *channels 16 year old me* Holy shit, this looks amazing!
    My 12 year old son and I are going to be all over this one.
    I’m super picky about the movies I like, but this just looks like stupid fun. Like watching Godzilla or Gamera movies when I was a kid.

  • Looks a lot more coherent than any of Bay’s “Transformers” movies, in terms of action. But yeah, not getting a full grasp of the story here.

  • Michael in Seattle

    I’ll give del Toro a heck of a lot more benefit of the doubt at this point than I will Michael Bay (not that Bay gets any at all, of course, but…)

    …And I HAVE picked up a container freighter! It worked just like that! ;)

  • Karl Morton IV

    I wish Douglas Adams was still with us so he could write the inevitable sequel about the equally inevitable congressional hearings to determine who was gonna pay for all the damage.

  • Hank Graham

    I dunno MaryAnn–giant robots!

  • Jurgan

    GLaDOS!

  • RogerBW

    What human being would say “your orders are to protect the city of two million people”? Who would not say “the city of San Francisco” or wherever? (The sound’s a bit weird, though; perhaps it’s been edited together.)

    But really, all I get from this is “robot on monster beat-em-up action”. Which I already knew. So…

  • bracyman

    Screw this noise. They had an opportunity here, an opportunity to make a sequel to the greatest movie ever made. This could have been “The Iron Giant 2” where we learn the iron giants were sent here to defend us against this incursion. I have my spec script around here somewhere…

  • If a Guillermo del Toro picture makes you long for ‘Michael Bay-esque coherence’, you are clearly doing something wrong. It’s obvious even from a poorly edited trailer that we are dealing with an artist of a higher caliber.

  • Mary Ann, there is something that speaks to the Inner Geek in all of us when there’s a F-cking Giant Robots vs. F-cking Kaiju movie. Outside of the comic book movies and Trek: It’s NOT Mudd?, Pacific Rim is on my to-do list.

    If there is a remake I would support it would be a “Destroy All Monsters” update – GODZILLA! MOTHRA! KONG! RODAN! ANGURIUS! THAT OTHER ONE! The FLAMING TURTLE contractually obligated to another film studio! and let’s throw in CLOVERFIELD and that Korean Tadpole Thingee!

  • Jan_Willem

    Having co-translated this movie’s novelization into Dutch (no spoilers from me), I believe I can safely say you might be in for a pleasant surprise.

  • Jan_Willem

    Actually – mild spoiler based on inside information – there’s a very good reason: a ship with a few dozen sailors on board near the site of a Kaiju-Jaeger confrontation. Robot pilots must get their priorities right.

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