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Pacific Rim [2013] (2 discs)

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Director:Guillermo del Toro
Writer:Guillermo del Toro
Travis Beacham
Composer:Ramin Djawadi
Length:131 minutes
(2 hours 11 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:72%
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Synopsis: As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.


Reaction: Much better than Transformers vs. Godzilla has any right to be. It's not Shakespeare, but it's fun. The story mostly realizes what it is and gives you what you want, but there are times where it sees to want to be more than it is and tries to add a lot more depth. It's just that that's not what we want from this kind of show.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Guillermo del Toro => Director / Writer
Travis Beacham => Writer
Ramin Djawadi => Composer
Brad William Henke => Construction Foreman
Burn Gorman => Gottlieb
Charlie Day => Dr. Newton Geiszler
Charlie Hunnam => Raleigh Becket
Clifton Collins Jr. => Ops Tendo Choi
David Fox => Old Man on Beach
David Richmond-Peck => Canadian UN Representative (as David Richmond Peck)
Diego Klattenhoff => Yancy Becket
Ellen McLain => Gipsy Danger AI (voice)
Heather Doerksen => Lt. A. Kaidanovsky
Idris Elba => Stacker Pentecost
Julian Barnes => British UN Representative
Larry Joe Campbell => Construction Worker
Matthew G. Taylor => Saltchuck Crew
Max Martini => Herc Hansen
Peter Hewitt => Marine (uncredited)
Rinko Kikuchi => Mako Mori
Robert Kazinsky => Chuck Hansen (as Rob Kazinsky)
Robert Maillet => Lt. S. Kaidanovsky
Robin Thomas => American UN Representative
Ron Perlman => Hannibal Chau
Santiago Segura => Wizened Man

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • When little Mako is in the alleyway, every object on the set was rigged to the same hydraulic system. Whenever the giant monster was to take a step, everything bounced or shook in unison, including the puddles.
  • Drew Pearce did an uncredited re-write of the script.
  • Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Aaron Paul, Luke Bracey, and Henry Cavill were considered for the role of Raleigh Becket.
  • [?] Neil Cross, [?] Patrick Melton and [?] Marcus Dunstan did some uncredited rewrites of the screenplay.
  • Tom Cruise was considered for the Idris Elba role.
  • Ron Perlman's character, Hannibal Chau, could be named after James Hong's character, Hannibal Chew, in Blade Runner (1982), as Guillermo del Toro has named the film as a huge inspiration for him as a director.
  • The title screen does not appear until seventeen minutes into the film.
  • Stellan Skarsgård was considered for the role of Herc Hansen.
  • Ron Perlman kept the shoes he wore on this film. Later on, his wife had them melted down and converted into a pair of heels for herself.
  • This was the first Guillermo del Toro film to feature Ron Perlman as a human character, since Cronos (1993).
  • The computer is voiced by Ellen McLain, who also voiced GLaDOS, the A.I. from Portal (2007) and Portal 2 (2011). This is in fact a cameo by GLaDOS, as Guillermo del Toro was such a fan of the games that he approached the game's developers, Valve, who approved. Del Toro said in an interview for the Toronto Sun, "I wanted very much to have her, because I'm a big Portal fan. But just as a wink. She's not cake-obsessed. She's not out to destroy humanity." He further explained, "Look, there's no A.I. I'd rather have than GlaDOS, but McLain's voice in the movie, due in theaters July 12th, has been modulated a bit to be less similar to the distinctive tone of Portal's unforgettable antagonist. The filter we're using is slightly less GLaDOS. Slightly. The one in the trailer I wanted to be full-on GlaDOS." The GLaDOS voice itself is inspired by the computer in The Thirteenth Floor (1999).
  • Though the giant monsters were always intended to be computer generated, all of their designs were expanded from the notion that they could be "worn as suits," like in traditional kaiju films.
  • Kaiju is a Japanese word that literally translates to "strange beast." It is usually used to refer to giant monsters from Japanese science-fiction films, such as Godzilla (1954).
  • According to Travis Beacham, in an earlier version of the script Mako and Raleigh spoke two different languages for a majority of the film. After connecting as pilots, they slowly began to understand one another, and before the end they heard each other speaking in their own respective languages. The only remnant of a language barrier is when Raleigh speaks to Mako in Japanese, and she is surprised he knows her home language.
  • Approximately a hundred Kaijus and a hundred Jaegers were designed, but only a fraction of them appeared in the film. Every week, the filmmakers held a vote for their favorites.
  • When Mako falls into her memory of being attacked as a little girl, the transition from the cockpit of the Jaeger to the Japanese street was all done on set.