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Watching "Pacific Rim"
Published on August 7, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review the new Guillermo del Toro film "Pacific Rim."

Here's an excerpt:

"The other night I watched the 1989 movie 'Godzilla vs. Biollante,' and was extremely entertained.

The 17th film in the Godzilla series, 'Godzilla vs. Biollante' has its share of cheesy B-movie moments, and the plot sometimes lapses into complete incoherence, but overall it’s a fun, thought-provoking ride, with spectacular fight scenes between Godzilla and Biollante, a killer plant created by combining the DNA from Godzilla with the DNA from roses. This is the sort of go-for-broke lunacy that I find irresistible.

I was hoping for a similar level of go-for-broke lunacy from the new Guillermo del Toro film 'Pacific Rim,' a science-fiction spectacle that pays tribute to classic Japanese giant monsters, known as kaiju, such as Gamera, Mothra and, of course, Godzilla. And at first I thought the film would live up to my expectations. It opens with breathless scenes showing Earth besieged by an alien threat from beneath the sea, and countries joining forces to battle the creatures that emerge from the oceans using Jaegers — transformer-like machines controlled by two pilots whose minds fuse together in battle, allowing them to share memories and thoughts. I loved this prologue, with its combination of battle imagery, sensationalistic news reports and human drama. But then the rest of the film gets under way, and it can’t quite match the dizzy joy of the first 10 or 15 minutes."

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