Thursday, July 11, 2013

Top 10 Reasons to Go See Pacific Rim this Weekend



1. Charlie Hunnam.
He's come a long way from his start on the UK Queer as Folk, and this star of FX's Sons of Anarchy deserves a big screen presence. And since he's not a "star,' there's no way that he's phoning it in as much as Brad Pitt in World War Z.

2. Giant robots without Michael Bay.
Right now, Michael Bay has a monopoly on the giant robot movie. That means that every giant robot movie has slightly too many explosions, lots of sweaty people, ridiculous lens filters, and stereotypes that are just a little close to being racist. I've watched all three Transformers movies more than twice each, but it's time to put those robots in a different cinematic context.

3. Charlie Day.
The best part of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia makes everything better. What part of giant robot maintenance is Charliework?

4. GLaDOS.
Recognize that robotic voice from the trailer? That's GLadOS, the AI from the beloved Portal games. Knowing Valve's turnaround time for new games, it'll be a while before you get another Portal.

5. It's not a superhero/Hasboro/videogame/reboot/YA novel movie.
There aren't that many blockbusters that are new ideas anymore. We'll keep getting retreads unless we demonstrate we pay for new IP.

6. Idris Elba.
Stringer Bell. Luther. Heimdall. He's canceling the apocalypse.

7. Nerd cred.
Movie studios need to see that the movies that get standing ovations at conventions can still bring in the dollars if they're going to keep making them. Nerds whine about the lack of good sci fi/fantasy/horror, but there's a direct line from their wallets to the studios' ears. Imagine what different movies we'd get if Upstream Color had made as much money as Twilight.

8. Hellboy 3.
Whether or not the third BPRD movie gets made may depend on the success of Pacific Rim.

9. Guillermo del Toro.
There aren't a whole lot of people you can trust to make a good genre flick. Del Toro is one of them. Sure he's had some missteps (Hellboy 2), and you might not like everything that he's produced. But Pan's Labyrinth redeems 99% of the bad things you might say about the director, and he knows his way around an action picture.

10. Giant robots vs giant monsters.
Did we really need the other 9 reasons?

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