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This guy seems to have great taste:

http://whatculture.com/film/pacific-rim-extended-footage-review-5-ways-it-will-rule-this-summer.php

If Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are a perfect example of shallow and cynical filmmaking, Pacific Rim aims to be a bit more cerebral. You can enjoy the spectacle of the massive action scenes while still engage the parts of the brains that these films don’t normally try to appeal to. Anyone who has read Joe Haldeman’s Forever War series should find a similar tone in Pacific Rim.

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Had Pacific Rim been in the hands of director like Michael Bay or JJ Abrams, this would have been juvenile rubbish with nothing but the Special effects going for it. If it had been a film directed by James Cameron or Steven Spielberg, it might have had too much cheese or ‘’heart’’ and had the eyes rolling as you watched. But with Del Toro at the helm, the story will hopefully be told with much more originality. The bits I saw reminded me of Platinum Games’ 2010 awesome third person shooter Vanquish, a game everybody should try to play.

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The trailer for this was shown before Man of Steel, in amongst a bunch of others (including the Wolverine which looked meh). The whole cinema went quiet when it was shown. I really want to see this, probably more so than I wanted to see Man of Steel.

Pleasebegoodpleasebegoodpleasebegood.

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#PacificRim: Charlie Day’s performance is like 75% Rick Moranis from Ghostbusters and 25% Doc Brown.

This has me more excited than any amount of trailers! I imagine it's something like this, only with a giant robot instead of a rape van, and Stringer Bell instead of Mac:

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I have to say that this film is doing nothing for me, in large part for a really trivial reason - I just can't get my head to accept any reasonable explanation as to why creating robots to have a fist-fight would be the most practical solution to fighting the creatures from the deep. Like, I genuinely can't get passed how stupid a conceit that is. And I don't know why that's bugging me so much; it's odd.

I've no doubt it'll be a spectacle though.

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Every year, there's always one bloody film that gets released right at the start of Ramadan that I'm left waiting almost a month to go and see in the cinema. This year, it's only the film that I've been looking forward to for ages.

<_<

By the time I can go and watch it, I doubt they'll still be showing it in IMAX screens.

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I have to say that this film is doing nothing for me, in large part for a really trivial reason - I just can't get my head to accept any reasonable explanation as to why creating robots to have a fist-fight would be the most practical solution to fighting the creatures from the deep. Like, I genuinely can't get passed how stupid a conceit that is. And I don't know why that's bugging me so much; it's odd.

I've no doubt it'll be a spectacle though.

You can't really bomb a city to kill a monster - think of the citizens! You have to fight hand to hand. Or tentacle to rocket-powered fist.

Can't wait for this film, it looks magnificent.

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You can't really bomb a city to kill a monster - think of the citizens! You have to fight hand to hand. Or tentacle to rocket-powered fist.

Can't wait for this film, it looks magnificent.

You'd use missiles, not bombs. And unless the big stompy robots and angry monsters agree to fight in a nice open space away from the city (which they don't) then that's going to cause a lot of damage too (as is seen in the trailers).

But yeah, I recognise that my issue with it is silly, but the fact is, it *is* bugging me enough to really kill any enthusiasm for the film.

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Man, you must really dislike Indiana Jones (send an archaeologist to thwart the Nazis? Preposterous!) and Robocop (have a police officer killed in order to create a cyborg cop? Madness!) ;)

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Proper science fiction should never be bollocks. But this isn't proper science fiction , this is turn your brain off , sit back and watch massive robots smash massive monsters in the face with oil tankers.

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I seriously doubt Guillermo del Toro is approaching this in the same way Michael Bay approaches his films. Del Toro is all about imagination - you need your brain for that.

I fully expect this to have some really interesting and weird stuff going on alongside all the robot action. The whole 'neuro-link' stuff for piloting the robots seems ripe for interesting character and plot developments. I'm not someone who's into animu or mango, I don't 'get' giant robots but this film intrigues and excites me because of who is making it. Even in Mimic you got the sense he was trying to make something engaging and interesting in spite of everyone else trying to make a generic creature feature.

As for 'why robots'?

I think they could explain it away relatively easily. Monsters invade, fighting them conventionally was proving too destructive/costly/ineffective. Giant robots are reusable and don't leave unwanted side effects like nuclear fallout! They're the environmentally awesome way to battle beasts from another realm!

They're also awe inspiring and probably good for morale back home - being cast in a human form only reinforces that. That's even the given reason for bringing 'Gipsy Danger' out of retirement. It was in one of the trailers or something.

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Proper science fiction should never be bollocks. But this isn't proper science fiction , this is turn your brain off , sit back and watch massive robots smash massive monsters in the face with oil tankers.

Good sci-fi often takes reality, changes one thing, and then creates a world propagated from that one change. This is a world in which humanity has constructed giant robots, to save themselves from similarly gigantic beasts of an unknown origin. This is not something that could ever happen, but as long as its implications are intelligently explored and the film is internally consistent, I expect I will be able to suspend my disbelief long enough to enjoy them film for its duration.

This is Del Toro, so I am expecting the film to be more than just a visual spectacle.

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I really wish they'd stop using that 'today we are caaaancellin' the apocalypse, cor blimey gov'ner!' line, it's really shit. Between that and his cigar smoking, christmas tree assembling appearance in Prometheus I'm not convinced by ole Stringer Bell's acting choices of late.

Also, every trailer they put out is just the same, I couldn't tell you if there were different robots or monsters in any of them, or if there's more than 5minutes of footage in the film that isn't just battle scenes.

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