Monthly Archives: December 2013

How Pacific Rim could have been so much better


On July 12, I was very disappointed.

Being an in-depth look at Pacific Rim, there will be numerous spoilers in this post. I’ll also make mention of Pacific Rim-specific terms like Kaiju, Jaegers, neural drifting, the Breach etc. What I’m trying to say is that this post will make a whole lot more sense if you’ve seen the film.

Pacific Rim is probably my biggest disappointment of the year. It was so disappointing that I wrote not one, but two separate reviews for it on my other blog.

I initially thought the disappointment was probably my fault. I saw a trailer about big robots fighting monsters while using a cargo ship as a makeshift sword and something inside me just flicked to “on.”

Although, to be completely honest, I actually had to work myself up to a state of excitement when the advertising campaign began. The first time I saw a trailer I said “I’m not see this movie – it looks like a dumb, dumb thing.” I call it my Terrible Movie Alarm and it’s usually pretty reliable. I should have trusted it.

But I didn’t. I kept seeing more and more trailers and promotional material and I let myself be sucked into the hype.

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