Steen: This summer’s prime time for thin plots

Not giving Pacific Rim anything more than two reels, but then I’m an old baby boomer and likely not the demographic the film was made for.

Pacific Rim

So here’s the thing—a bunch of other worldly creatures start attacking Earth’s Pacific Rim cities. These guys don’t come from space, they come from the Earth’s core and access Earth via gaps in the Earth’s crust and they’re referred to as Kaiju, which means ‘strange beast’ in Japanese. Oh, and they make Godzilla look like a pussycat.

The only thing that can destroy these huge monsters are other huge monsters. These ones are man-made and are called Jaegers, which is the German word for ‘hunter.’ Getting the picture?

Yeah, well it’s not for everyone. Nerds will love it, action guys will love it and, truth be told, the visuals and staging are fabulous.

The plot is thin, the actors are B-list, the director is Guillermo del Toro of Pan’s Labyrinth and this is his biggest project to date.

The life-size versions of the robot cockpit was built on a sound stage in Toronto and was four storeys high and weighed in at 20 tons. This truly was a feat of construction as even the Jaeger head was several storeys high and completely mechanized.

Some folks might know the cast, I don’t: Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket, Diego Klattenhoff as Yancy Becket (he was Mike Faber in the TV Series Homeland), Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost, Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori and so it goes.  Actually, Tom Cruise was considered for the part of  Staker, but Elba was chosen.

At a cost of over $200 million, it only brought in $35 million for the weekend. Despicable Me 2 beat it out, so not sure how this film will fare in the long term.

It’s a film directed by a guy who loves monsters, and it shows, but I would hold out for more interesting stuff.

If you like sci-fi, then Elysium is coming soon, if you like silly, then my bet is R.I.P.D  (The Rest in Peace Department) and if  you’re nostalgic for the good old days, then Red 2 with Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren will be back as aging CIA agents—gritty stuff, that.

So not going to give Pacific Rim anything more than two reels, but then I’m an old baby boomer and likely not the demographic the film was made for.

Two reels—there’s better stuff to come.

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