Excerpt: All [Guillermo del Toro’s] films share his vivid love of colour, his sense of wonder at the power of storytelling, and his giddy, enthusiastic imagination. He invests himself and makes even his grandest epics feel human, even when his characters aren’t.
Excerpt: Apparently, conventional military responses like bombs and missiles aren’t effective against the Kaiju, but beating the snot out of them with giant robots is. And yes, that’s the sort of logic you’re going to have to buy to get through this.
Excerpt: Though we may have seen bits of this and that in previous sci-fi adventures, the ingredients haven’t ever been steeped together quite like this particular briny bouillabaisse. Soup’s on … enjoy.
Excerpt: It’s an experience satisfactorily arranged to deliver laughs, spills and shrieks of mirth, and from where I was sitting at least, it evoked a staggeringly positive reaction from my bedazzled film-going companions
Excerpt: When the dust of any sci-fi/action/disaster film settles, the keys to success lie not necessarily in the quality of the narrative, but in the credibility of the setup and the execution of the material. Guillermo del Toro, if nothing else, is a master executor. Pacific Rim may have plenty of flaws, but it’s one of the most entertaining flawed films in some time.
Excerpt: “Style over substance” is an oft-used critical bon mot, but in the case of Pacific Rim, it truly feels as though so much energy was spent on the staggering, peerless craft that the story was merely an afterthought, trumped and quite literally belittled by its base concept.
Excerpt: Giant monsters and giant robots pummel each other into mountains of fleshy alien goo and metallic scrap heaps in director Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, a big, thunderous mashup of the Godzilla and Transformers film franchises that threatens to pound the viewer into submission but also manages to fulfill just about every desire a 10-year-old monster movie fan might have.
Excerpt: In a summer when all the major blockbusters either fully disappointed or could only be enjoyed with reservations and equivocations, Pacific Rim arrived in the nick of time to save the day. Much like its high-powered heroes, it is a well-oiled, high-tech machine designed to pummel the bloated monsters that would otherwise be its competitors for champion of the season.
Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Excerpt: Guillermo del Toro takes Michael Bay to school on the subject of giant robots.
Excerpt: Of its many failings, the biggest drawback to “Pacific Rim” is the sci-fi fantasy’s presentation as anything other than children’s movie. A PG rating would have been more appropriate than the PG-13 the movie touts.