[Movie] Pacific Rim

IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663662/

To be honest, I wasn’t attracted to the genre of the movie. Giant monsters battling giant robots? Sounds like a bad rehash of Godzilla and Transformers. But this is no Transformers. We are talking about building-size machines. The kinematics is totally different when you are dealing with such gargantuan scale. So I’m glad to see effort made to portray both the physics and the physical aspects properly.

Ultimately, this is an alien invasion movie. But unlike standard alien invasion storylines which place a lot of emphasis on the build-up before invasion, Pacific Rim cuts to the chase and neatly summarizes all that in the first 5 minutes of the show. That leaves a lot of room for character development and plot development post-invasion. Within the bigger plot there are a number of subplots that helps to flesh out the story and gives more depth to the characters.

The cast is made up of relatively lesser-known actors. The lead actor played by Charlie Hunnam is a deadringer for Heath Ledger. Other than budget reasons, I’m glad to see this trend ‘cos it removes pre-conceived bias from the viewer and helps to raise the visibility of more obscure actors.

Overall rating: 4/5

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[Movie] HK: Forbidden Super Hero


IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2708764/

I have no idea how to review this movie. It’s just so.. unique. Anyway, it was early on in the show and we were late for about 5-10 minutes, but the audience were clearly all tickled already. The movie is in a way poking fun at superhero stereotypes that are all the rage in recent times. The protaganist (Kyosuke Shikijo) is a typical Japanese high-school student who is incredibly weak. But he ends up joining the judo(?) club ‘cos the girl of his dreams (Aiko Himeno) is the new club manager. One day he encounters a bank robbery and Aiko is taken hostage. After mistakening putting on a used panty as a mask he discovers that he has superpowers and uses it to defeat the bad guys. How he uses the “superpowers” and the range of superpowers of course, is where the fun is.

Somehow I am reminded of those wacky Japanese variety show when I’m watching the movie. If you understand Japanese wackiness some things might make sense. Even if you don’t, the physical comedy will still have you rotfl. Not for those who are easily offended by crude humour, but highly recommended for a buddies night.

Overall ratings: 4/5