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Pacific Rim Review

So here we are with one of the biggest films of the summer and of the year, Pacific Rim. Honestly I thought to myself that this film can’t be bad right? I mean it has monsters and robots fighting each other, plus it has Idris Elba in it and it’s directed by Guillermo del Toro, this can’t suck right? Well I’ve been cautiously optimistic up until now and I with the recent reviews I wasn’t sure what kind of film I was going to get in the end. Again I just wanted the film to be good, so I went to see it with my sister yesterday and you know what? The film’s FRIGGIN’ BADASS and I’m gonna tell you why in this review.

So the story is set in the near future where giant monsters from another dimension known as “Kaiju” have risen from the depths of the Pacific Ocean via a portal and started causing mass destruction in several key areas of the world. So the humans, not wanting to go down without a fight create massive robots, known as Jaegers to combat the monsters. These robots are controlled simultaneously by two or more pilots whose minds are connected because it would be too much for a single pilot. However as the years go on, the monster get smarter and Jaegers struggle to win the war against the Kaiju. So at the darkest point in time when the planet looks like its going under, the last remaining forces of mankind make a final stand to take out the Kaiju once and for all.

I thought the story in this film was pretty cool. You get an idea of what’s going on from all the marketing for the film, but I feel like there was so much more going on in the film than what the trailers let on, and to me that’s a damn good thing. There’s elements of drama, epicness and humour all sprinkled around this film and it makes for a great viewing experience. The story feels very straightforward but at the same time very well thought out, there is layers and substance, and that’s not something come across too often in this genre of film. Most monster films don’t have much in the way of story or at the very least a story you care about, but here I liked what I saw. I liked the human element to the film and how there a great focus on mankind’s struggle to survive and the individual stories going on with the main cast members. There’s drama, emotion and good back stories which I was invested in throughout.

As for the cast I think they all bring a little something special to the characters that play in the film. Let’s start with Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket, I thought he was great in the film. He’s a guy who knows what the deal when it comes to these monster and piloting the robots, but he’s experienced some epic and emotional times. Even in the face of his tough experiences he still has a lot of great and righteous qualities that makes him a great main character: Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori was lovely, besides being very beautiful I liked her character. She was very reserved but when it came to anything involving piloting the Jaegers she became very focused and we got to see more of her character which was nice. I liked Mako’s backstory and I thought that Kikuchi played her role nicely.

Now let’s talk about the man of the hour and my personal favourite person in the film which was Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost. Elba simply put was such a badass! There just some roles this man lands himself in and when he commits to it all of his talent can be seen shining through and that was clearly apparent in this film. Stacker is a man who is focused on the matter at hand, he’s very focused and determined. I thought that Elba was very charismatic, cool and just badass. Also Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geizler was pretty funny, even though he was meant to a scientist studying the Kaiju. Geizler is just this crazy nutcase who can be kind of annoying at times but ultimately is funny and definitely has his great moments in the film. along with him is Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb who is another scientist studying the Kaiju alongside Geizler. Gorman’s performance is very expressive and strange, but it made for some brilliant moments of humour especially when he was squabbling with his partner.

And there’s Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau, honestly Perlman was great in this role. Hannibal Chau is this dodgy black market dealer who is such an unpredictable guy. He’s very intimidating, but also quite funny because he’s very badass and cold mannerisms. This role feels like it was meant for him as it gives him room to be is cool and humorous self like we’ve seen in his previous films. And lastly Robert Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen was pretty good, he was a bit of douche but he played a douche very well and I was surprised to see Sean from Eastenders in a big film like this, but yeah Kazinsky was good.

As for the presentation, my god, the frigging presentation was BEYOND POWER, WAS BEYOND EPIC, IT WAS GODLY! Maybe I’m sounding a bit over-the-top but in truth the film looked fabulous, the scale was so big and large and there were some great camera angles used to emphasize the giant creatures. This was also thanks the incredible CGI work from Industrial Light & Magic whose work in this film is apparent in every shot in the film. My only issue with the visuals in that in some of the night fight scenes it was hard to make out what certain things were on the monster’s bodies or faces. As for the soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi I thought it was great, Djawadi’s score was varied and had a lot of layers, it was dramatic, epic and loud and emotional at times too.

In conclusion Pacific Rim was AWESOME! End of. I wasn’t sure what to expect, I just wanted the film to be good and it was better than good, it was kick ass! There was so much to love, the story was nice, the visuals were insane, I liked the cast and the monster designs were so unique and incredible to look at. Some people are hating on this film but don’t let it detour you, this film is a good time at the cinema, if you want to see a great modern monster film in the cinema, then look no further than Pacific Rim.

Rating: 8.5/10 (Such a beast of a film, ultimate fun time!)

So what did you lot think of Pacific Rim? Did it meet or exceed your expectations or were you disappointed? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and give me your thoughts yo, I won’t judge you, much haha. Until the next review people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #13 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Now we’re gonna continue the adventures of Hellboy with the 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

So after the success of Hellboy, there had to be sequel made. I thought the first film created an interesting world  with a likable hero and at the end of the film there’s was room for these characters to grow and this crazy supernatural world to expand. So then Hellboy 2 comes out in 2008 and to be honest I was hyped and was hoping for something better than the last film, unfortunately at the time I was left disappointed and haven’t watched it since that time in the cinema. So now having seen again has my opinion changed? Read on and find out.

In terms of the plot here’s a small summary:

“In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. He is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines that can destroy the human race. As Hell on Earth is ready to erupt, Hellboy and his crew set out to defeat the evil prince before The Golden Army can destroy humanity’s existence.”

I thought the story in this film was pretty good, while it missed the more serious nature and isn’t as heavy as the previous film, the story here is different, swifter in pace and still good enough to hold your interest throughout. There’s a lot more humour to be found in this film and in some areas it works really well and in others it is a bit weird to watch. I liked seeing more of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, it really has a Men In Black feel to it in terms of having this secret organization that handles creatures that us humans need protecting from, except it’s a little more fantasy/supernatural than it is sci-fi. I liked the continuation of the characters from the last film though I am gutted to see that John Myers is gone completely and dismissed after his character was given a lot of purpose in the last film from  Trevor Bruttenholm.

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Now let’s talk about the cast because they were pretty cool for the most part. Ron Perlman still continues to kick ass as Hellboy, you honestly can’t imagine anyone else in the role and Perlman is still as perfect as ever. I love how he doesn’t give a monkeys about anyone but himself and how funny he is even in the face of danger and his constant use of the word “crap” is hilarious. Selma Blair continues to be good as Liz Sherman, while I wasn’t crazy about her and Hellboy’s relationship issues, I like how much hotter she was with her new haircut and work uniform. Doug Jones is wonderful as Abe Sapien, he has a bigger role in this film and I liked seeing more him in his typical logical/funny mannerisms. Also Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning is still a bit of an asshole but its in that way where he’s still funny and the subject of Hellboy’s jokes, Manning I feel is slightly funnier in this film and I welcomed that.

And then there’s Luke Goss as Prince Nuada who I liked a lot. I’m always more of a fan of villains who can fight and take on his enemies with strength and style and Nuada had that. Goss was great, as a villain he had lovely screen presence and was a constant threat. And lastly there’s Anna Walton as Princess Nuala is very pretty, had nice relevance to the plot and I liked how she spoke too (I’m not sure why haha).

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is great, the CGI is pretty nice, there’s some wonderfully choreographed fight scenes with Luke Goss and the creature designs, make-up and amount of violence in the film was very much appreciated. As for the soundtrack, I didn’t know it was handled by Danny Elfman, no wonder it sounded better than the last film. It didn’t have that typical Elfman sound that I can easily recognize but it didn’t have an emotional sound to it which was nice.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well as I said before I’m not familiar with the comics so I can’t talk about that it again (I’m become pretty useless in this department haven’t I?)

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So to conclude Hellboy II: The Golden Army is good follow-up to the last film. While not as serious as its predecessor, it has a lot of new story and character elements that make it work in a different way. It’s still not an amazing film but its a lot better than I remembered and I think I like it slightly better than the last film. I really hope that there’s a Hellboy 3 eventually, this serious needs to have at least one more instalment!

Rating: 7.5/10 (Just as good as the last film if not a little better)

So there’s my review people, only 17 more to go. So have you seen Hellboy II: The Golden Army and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Hellboy

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #12 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Now we’re gonna return to 2004 with the film adaptation of Hellboy.

Ah Hellboy, I remember seeing this in the cinema when it came out, I remembered it being pretty cool. Then over the years the more I watched it, the more unremarkable it became. I’ve actually only seen this film about 4 or 5 times but I’ve never really considered it a necessary buy for DVD because it’s on TV every so often. So now I’ve watched it again, has my opinion changed? Well read on and find out.

In terms of the plot here’s a small summary:

“In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon – Hellboy – has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil.”

What I liked about the story was how different it was, you had ties to the past linking to WWII, dark magic and supernatural happenings and gateways to other dimensions. It wasn’t your typical material. After seeing a lot of superhero films that follow the basic formula of having an origin story and then becoming a hero not long after, Hellboy’s story is totally different. His situation is different and he’s not your true blue superhero but he does have connections to villains in the film and it makes for an interesting story.

Now let’s talk about the cast because they were pretty cool for the most part. Ron Perlman as Hellboy was the best part of the cast hands down. Perlman has a great screen presence and was pretty funny throughout with his dialogue and actions. Also John Hurt as Trevor Bruttenholm was nice, he had some great lines in this film and I liked his character, not much to say really. Selma Blair as Liz Sherman was good, I like her character’s backstory and crazy powers. There was something mysteriously hot about Blair in this film and that point before she unleashed her powers near the end of the film was cool.

Rupert Evans as John Myers was nice, his character was sort of like the audience in the sense that he was being brought into this crazy new world after working with the FBI, so he’s experiencing all these new and unnatural things for the first time. As for Karel Roden as Grigori Efimovich Rasputin, he was very strange and mysterious and I liked that about him, though I don’t feel like he was that great of a villain as he didn’t feel a constant threat. Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning was decent, his character was a bit of a pain in the ass at first but he had moments of humour and eventually became a design character. And lastly Doug Jones as Abe Sapien was cool, his character had some really interesting powers and I liked his dialogue and strange yet funny scene and David Hyde Pierce who did the voice for the character should be given credit too.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is good, it is dark, kind of moody and has a good mix of practical and special effects. The CGI looks decent and it used to create some nice visuals and spectacle. I also really like the make-up and creature designs which are all wonderfully done in this film. This is another one of those film you can deal is directed by Guillermo del Toro, it has a nice level of violence, strangeness and has funky and interesting creature designs which is right up del Toro’s street if you’ve seen some of his other films. Also just wanted to point out that all the fight scenes with Karl Ruprecht Kroenen was awesome, the way he killed people in such a flashy fashion with such cool choreography was totally awesome. As for the soundtrack by Marco Beltrami is good, I like the way it composed and it seemed to work well for most scenes where music was involved. The score was mainly epic and loud, but found time to be softer and sometimes playful too which I appreciated.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well unfortunately I’ve never read any of the material from Dark Horse Comics, but according to the Wikipedia page on the origins of Hellboy the film seems to be pretty faithful to the story and characters involved just with a few modifications here and there.

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So to conclude Hellboy is decent film, it has an interesting premise, a likeable and unconventional hero and enough action to satisfy most needs. I guess the reason I don’t love it is due to that fact that it looks awesome but doesn’t do much that makes it truly state out from the Batman, Spider-Man or X-Men films that inhabited the superhero genre space at the time and compared to today’s superhero films the same rule applies, the film is good, just not amazing.

Rating: 7/10 (It’s fun little movie but its nothing spectacular)

So there’s my review people, only 18 more to go. So have you seen Hellboy and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Blade 2

blade-2-posterHowdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #5 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Today we’re gonna continue the Blade film series with Blade 2.

Okay so now we have Blade 2, a film I’m sure I’ve watched at some point in the past but haven’t really watched in many years until earlier on today. I expected a lot from this film considering that it came from director Guillermo del Toro and was hyped up loads by a few of my mates. So after checking it out I now have a verdict for the film that I will discuss in this review.

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When it comes to the story Blade 2 this film takes place two years after the last film and we find Blade in his continuing effort to protect humans from vampires. However a new breed of vampire shows up in the form of as Reapers that feed off humans and vampires. With the odds not in his favour Blade must team with the Bloodpack, an elite team of vampire warriors specifically trained to hunt him, in order to defeat this new menace.

The story in this film is pretty good, it was a lot more interesting, unique and had a lot better pacing than the last film too. I like how the events of the last film are referenced here and how Blade and Whistler are integrated into this film while still being relevant with all the new cast members surrounding them.

In terms of the cast they are nice all offering good, cool and charismatic characters. But again the film’s main focus is always on Wesley Snipes as Blade! Snipes is still just as badass as he was the previous film, giving us te vampire hunter who defends the humans from the evil that attempts to kill them at night. Blade is near emotionless at points but there’s many moments where he does seem to have a sense of humor and does and says some really funny things. And of course Blade is a very adept fighter and this film really showcases that with some of these elaborate fight scene in hand-to-hand combat and the use of his special weaponry too. As for the other returning cast member, Kris Kristofferson as Abraham Whistler, he was still cool, had moments of action and was still humourous at points, also you could see that there was a little more depth to Blade and Whistler’s relationship in this film and that was a nice touch.

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Now let’s talk about the new cast members starting with Ron Perlman as Reinhardt. I frigging knew as soon as I saw Perlman I was gonna get a good performance out of him. Perlman plays a member of the Bloodpack and is a right asshole especially towards Blade. Perlman gives a really solid performance and really does well in this role because he can do cool and intimidating at the same time. Also Leonor Varela as Nyssa Damaskinos was nice, again it was good to have action-based role for a female character though I can’t say I cared for her character that much. Norman Reedus was pretty good as Josh/Scud, before Whistler comes back its interesting to have a younger weaponsmith who helps Blade out, at first he’s kind of annoying but then you grow to kind of like him and his little quirks. Thomas Kretschmann as Eli Damaskinos was a nice evil vampire who’s lust for power and total lack of care for anyone but himself made for a good villain character. And lastly we have Luke Goss as Jared Nomak, the carrier of the Reaper virus. Gross played his role well here and it was good to have him as the person who went up against Blade in this film.

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As for the presentation its petty good, again like the last film there’s some great camera work and quick cut editing use for action sequences and the fight scenes are choreographed very well. With this film there’s also the introduction of Reapers with their creepy creature designs and there’s a good mix of make-up used for those creatures in this film. Oh I just have to mention that seeing The Powerpuff Girls on TV in the workshop was just great, nostalgia reference, check! 😀

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This film is very nice in the sense that it doesn’t disappoint as a follow-up to Blade, but it also has a few new elements that make it standout from its predecessor. I think this is largely due to Guillermo del Toro, as soon as I started watching this film and saw the Reapers and the amount of violence and blood involved I knew this was del Toro’s style of film. It is hard to describe but there’s just little things about the film that just feel like the director’s style, almost like a precursor to Hellboy (a film I will review later on this month).

And lastly how does this film compare to the comics? Well besides Blade himself, everything else is all made for film and there aren’t really any new elements borrowed from the comics as far as I know.

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So to conclude Blade 2  is awesome though I can’t quite say it surpasses the original. In fact I’d say they’re on par with each other, now don’t get me wrong Guillermo del Toro adds some new elements into the series and you can see his influence in this film, but there’s nothing in this film that screams “better than Blade 1“. Again I have to state that this film is pretty cool and is definitely a worthy follow-up to the last film.

Rating: 8/10 (Just as badass as the last film just with a new style)

So there’s my review people, only 25 more to go. So have you seen Blade 2 and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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