Movie Review: Pacific Rim
I saw Pacific Rim last night. It was a great summer movie. Monsters, explosions, battle, comrades in arms. Really pretty visual effects. Interesting character details to set most of the main characters apart (always nice in a movie with that much action). Some funny moments. Extra points for a heroine holding her own in the fights.
There were a few moments where I thought the movie was heading for an imminent end of the story, and then the plot swerved into another complication, which was both a plot surprise and a timing surprise. Although I sort of winced at how late the night had gotten when I emerged from the theater, I didn’t feel like the movie itself had been long.
But the thing that impressed me the most was having gone to a summer science fiction action movie… that originated with no media tie-in whatsoever. Entirely original world-building self-contained in the movie. I would have read a novel set in the Pacific Rim world. There were moments where the action was pelting along, with the bare bones of context explaining things, that I had some questions, and wished there’d been a book to read, so I could get some character exposition on this, or a little bit more of a methodical explanation on larger interior social context, or the specifics tech mechanics, on that. Overall, though, I’m impressed with how well the world explained itself through action, and even more impressed with the originality of some of the world’s key points.
Dear Movie Industry: Please make more science fiction movies with original concepts this interesting. Sincerely, Me.