So I just watched Pacific Rim…. my god what silly show. What follows is gonna be my rants about the movie, so if you haven’t watched it yet there’s a lot of spoilers incoming! Note to self, I should probably double check against this rant once CinemaSins actually makes a video about this movie.
The Mark 3 Jaeger Cockpit Drop Tube :- Can someone tell me what the whole point of making the cockpit section drop a couple of dozen stories down into the body? Doesn’t seem to have any reason why they couldn’t just fix the cockpit in the body!
The Whole Double Brain, Mind Linked, Neuro Link, Deep Dive, Mcguffin Robot Control :- The center premise of the movie, that everyone forgot about. First of all? How is the giant robot controlled via a neuro interface? See them clamping their feet down, and holding the hand actuators? That’s your typical power suit style movement translation control interface, you don’t need a neuro interface for that! Whenever two pilots enter the drift, their minds are linked, they know what each other think, share experiences… and yet they still have to constantly tell each other what to do, so WHAT kind of mind link is going on then? And for those who still say the robot is controlled via a neuro interface? What do they need to push so many buttons then? I thought I’d see some synchronized attacking or what not, but instead they keep alternating between both people having to do the thing in sync, and one person controlling either side. In toku terms they’re either piloting the robot Sentai cockpitless style, or they’re Kamen Rider W style!
The Kaiju : When my friends first enthusiastically told me to watch the Pacific Rim trailer, and I grudgingly obliged I had one BIG question “Why do they think the best way to deal with the Kaiju is to punch it really REALLY HARD IN THE FACE??!?!” And now that I saw the movie… there really isn’t! At the start of the movie they mention the whole blue cloud thing as if there some sort of poison or chemical reaction the Kaiju blood would cause, but through out the movie you see people touching organs without hazmat suits, rummaging around freshly killed body parts, picking up their ticks. The Kaijus aren’t even presented to have extra strong armour plating or any thing, they can be punched, cut, chopped, shot simply enough. Fighter jets should be quite effective in delivering ordinance at them if they didn’t all try to be Maverick and fly between the Kaiju’s limbs instead of doing fly by attacks!
The Walls : When I first heard about this whole wall thing on the Internet, I thought they were going to try and seal off the rift to prevent them from coming through ala StarGate’s iris shield, then when I actually watched the movie and the words “Costal Wall” were heard, me and my brother face palmed simultaneously! You build a wall when you need to keep out Monguls, Zombies, and other human sized invaders. You would need some special materials for a giant Kaiju repeling wall (Spoilers for Attack Of Titan watchers.. those walls ARE special!) And even then, to think you could build a COSTAL WALL which could surround your country and protecting you against Kaijus who would either spend all day and night chipping down bit by bit, or just WALKING around it? You SERIOUSLY think building a wall was more cost effective than funding better Jaegers? (Remember.. COST was the main issue for them shutting down the Jaeger project) Got a strangely appropraite video about the whole shutdown scene.
The Rift : So it’s a dimensional portal which the Kaiju come through from, and you can’t send things through it until they discovered the whole embedded RFID tag door opener thingy (That’s a Walking Dead game reference there!) at the end of the movie. But the problem here is that this is the ONLY place the Kaiju are coming out from, and they DO have technology to detect approaching Kaiju, so why after so many YEARS of fighting them, they still haven’t figured out how to SPAWN CAMP the buggers then? It’s a pretty obvious tactic, preparing and manufacturing enough weaponary to severely maim anything that comes through the gate. So that the Jaegers could have an easier time taking them out, would be more cost effective than building that bloody costal wall!
I guess it’s a nice pop corn movie to watch, enjoyable enough if you want to see giant robots and monsters beat each other up. As a game player I’m seen way too much spectacle already to be affected by simple special effects, and as a toku viewer I see monsters being punched on a weekly basis so that doesn’t actually excite me much either.
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