Pacific Rim Review

Pacific Rim
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.

For those who are hardcore fans of Evangelion, no doubt a similar anime called RahXephon has angered a lot of Evangelion fans. Claiming that RahXephon was stolen from Evangelion, from mecha robot, to solo pilot and so on and so forth. But little do people actually realized that the directors of Evangelion and RahXephon are actually good friends, and the director of Evangelion actually gave his blessings to the director of RahXephon when the latter approached the former with his idea of RahXephon, as a homage and tribute to Evangelion. And I am sure naysayers who have watched Pacific Rim will probably be thinking pretty much the same way as Evangelion fans, since there seemed to be lots of similarities to Evangelion.

Pacific Rim

But note that even if there are similarities, Guillermo del Toro had actually intended it. And the reason is pretty much simple. He is paying homage to the mecha and godzilla creator greats of yesteryear. Seriously, when was the last time you ever watched a live action mecha against big alien monster invaders on the big screen? Probably yes, probably no, maybe not once. And instead of complaining on how there are so much similarities, why not look see the movie as it is supposed to be. It's a story being told to people who wants to listen to it. A movie is akin to a book, it brings you to another world, away from the current one you are in, without having to deal with real life problems for a good 1 hour and 30 minutes. Although I personally lamented that it should last a little longer than 1.5 hours in all.

Bear in mind that in anime and manga, handling a huge mecha robot might seem like it's just so easy to do. But if we were to take in mind what the movie had mentioned, just having 1 person to handle a Jaeger is too much for the human mind alone, unlike the anime and/or manga version. Therefore in the live-action Pacific Rim, 2 pilots are needed to pilot a Jaeger. And it's not even just simple piloting, both their left and right brain hemispheres are needed for a massive robot like the Jaeger. On top of that, their actions have to be 100% synchronized so that the Jaeger itself can perform as it should.

Pacific Rim
And as with all due respect to mecha versus giant monsters, be it in anime, manga or live-action, outrageous mathematical calculations are also much needed. Notice how the 2 research members are always poking in the remains of Kaijus that are harvested while at the same time, continuously calculating here and there. And since my Math has always been ungraded throughout my school days, I'll just leave this topic alone and let you carry on from here. I'll probably confuse both you and me if I attempt to talk about calculations on and on.

Pacific Rim
And with all things mecha and giant robots, I think Guillermo del Toro did a fabulous job with the main protagonists background story. Such as Raleigh's past experience of losing his brother to a Kaiju and Mako's trauma of losing her family to Kaiju. The flashbacks doesn't confuse me a wee bit throughout the entire movie. In fact, I am thankful for these "flashbacks" as it helps strengthen the storyline as to why the protagonists are more than eager to pilot the Jaeger.

As with all things action, there will be characters who do things cos of really simple but lame reasons, such as they get to kick butt, they want to kick butt, they were forced to kick butt, they have to kick butt. But Raleigh and Mako's directives were simple and easy to comprehend. It's for their families, and it's also because of this ultimate goal that they can accomplish what they had to set out to do. If you noticed, the Marshall of the Hong Kong Shutterdome was going on about Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon crews accomplishment, I think they probably lost sight of their goal midway and perished when they had such great accomplishments in the movie itself

All in all, what I can say is that, as soon as a close up of Gipsy Danger came up on the big screen in the cinema, I kinda went into fangirl overload mode. It was a little hard to not shout out in joy in the cinema hall itself. And speaking of which, I already can't wait for the sequel of Pacific Rim to come out already. Rumors has it that the sequel will feature a hybrid of Kaiju and Jaeger, and just how it will be, I guess I have to wait for the next installment to come out from Guillermo del Toro :)

But before I go off, here's a look at the Singapore Jaegers in their tongue-in-cheek glory.

Singapore Jaeger
Limpeh Kaligong a.k.a Your Father Says. In Singapore dialect, it is meant as a sarcastic retort within a line of sentence.

Singapore Jaeger
Urban Development. I kinda lost the joke on this one :D

Singapore Jaeger
Lin Lao Peh a.k.a Your Father. In Singapore dialect, this can be used as a sarcastic retort.

Singapore Jaeger
Kancheong Spider a.k.a Anxious Spider. It meant someone or something who is always anxious about something, whether it's major or minor.


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