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‘Pacific Rim’ Borrows From Others, Goes Its Own Way [Op-Ed]

'Pacific Rim' borrows from other films, but goes its own way

Pacific Rim borrows from other films, but goes its own way.

My first impressions of Pacific Rim weren’t really awe. That’s not saying it’s a bad film, but I’ve seen too many awesome films already. After films like Wrath of the Titans, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Yes, I liked it), and The Avengers, there is really little room left for that sense of awe. That said, Guillermo del Toro certainly set about doing this film with that attitude of “go big or go home,” and I admire that in a director.

As Michael Bay discovered eventually, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, Pacific Rim borrows a little from Transformers, but not enough to justify calling it a clone. Giant robots have been done before, and that’s as far as his earlier claim can go while still holding water.

The only show that Pacific Rim seems to have the most in common with is Neon Genesis Evangelion, with the story of a child saved by a giant piloted robot and then put in control of one later in life. Also the whole “giant robot vs giant alien” thing can only be compared with those classic anime shows.

Early on when I saw the first Kaiju attack, I couldn’t help thinking how much it reminded me of what Godzilla should try to be. Of course, I’ll be disappointed if Godzilla ends up basically a giant CG-powered copycat.

Another film Pacific Rim seems to borrow from is The Matrix, where people plug their minds into a machine to battle a menace. Again, that’s about as far as it goes.

Hellboy and Blade II veteran Guillermo del Toro has come a long way since Alien: Resurrection. Yes, del Toro and Joss Whedon were both behind that travesty, though it seems they walked away from it having learned something.

Yes, Pacific Rim had a healthy dose of cliché thrown in, but one thing about the story that bugged me was the fact that Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) was vehemently against letting Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) pilot a Jaeger (the giant robots), and then at the last minute she ends up being a pilot alongside the hero. I saw it coming a mile away, but I heard no explanation given as to why he changed his mind literally in the span of two minutes. Then after she nearly destroys the whole Tokyo facility in front of hundreds of spectators in a seriously ill-timed case of PTSD, he lets her in one again. That’s mighty fickle and borderline insane for a man given control of Earth’s final defenses.

In general, Pacific Rim borrows a lot from other films, but goes its own way enough that I can’t say it directly copied anything. It won’t win many awards, but a summer action film doesn’t have to.

What did you think of Pacific Rim? Did you agree with my review?

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5 Responses to “‘Pacific Rim’ Borrows From Others, Goes Its Own Way [Op-Ed]”

  1. Steven Kulick

    It didn't take from Evangelion. It took from Gun Buster (which is where the idea of Evangelion came from). Guess I couldn't really expect 'THE INQUISITR' to get things right.
    I thought the film was fine if you're not expecting anything along the lines of a good movie. Yes, the effects were nice but the rest of the film was not. C'mon, a F*cking sea wall as a defense! If I can think of a far better way to stop monsters in less than ten (10) minutes that would cost significantly less, then the people that are in change of our world's defense shouldn't be.
    Why weren't there any submarines around the rift? Why did it take so many years for them to figure out that it only opened for Kaiju (or Kaiju DNA)? I have so many more questions about holes in this movie, but I'll hold off for now.

  2. Steven Kulick

    It didn't take from Evangelion. It took from Gun Buster (which is where the idea of Evangelion came from). Guess I couldn't really expect 'THE INQUISITR' to get things right.
    I thought the film was fine if you're not expecting anything along the lines of a good movie. Yes, the effects were nice but the rest of the film was not. C'mon, a F*cking sea wall as a defense! If I can think of a far better way to stop monsters in less than ten (10) minutes that would cost significantly less, then the people that are in change of our world's defense shouldn't be.
    Why weren't there any submarines around the rift? Why did it take so many years for them to figure out that it only opened for Kaiju (or Kaiju DNA)? I have so many more questions about holes in this movie, but I'll hold off for now.

  3. Jerry Teets

    I just watched Pacific Rim and was awed. I agree with much of your review, except this paragraph:

    (O)ne thing about the story that bugged me was the fact that Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) was vehemently against letting Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) pilot a Jaeger (the giant robots), and then at the last minute she ends up being a pilot alongside the hero. I saw it coming a mile away, but I heard no explanation given as to why he changed his mind literally in the span of two minutes. Then after she nearly destroys the whole Tokyo facility in front of hundreds of spectators in a seriously ill-timed case of PTSD, he lets her in one again. That’s mighty fickle and borderline insane for a man given control of Earth’s final defenses.
    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/859783/pacific-rim-borrows-from-others-goes-its-own-way-op-ed/#18f40mmcQMbUYSZu.99.

    Let me help you not being bugged. Remember Raleigh told him in words like "You are trying to protect her but really you are holding her back." The moment showed why he changed his mind was when he handed her the a little girls red shoe before telling her to suit up. There is a history between them that is hinted at by the shoe. Next…remember after Mako nearly destroys the Tokyo facility, Stacker get into the elevator…as it is moving, he opens a metal tin and puts a pill in his mouth. He feels a tickle and touches his finger under his nose. When he looks at his finger he sees a spot of blood. A realization registers on his face that time..for him and humanity is running out. This moment changes his mind…and he teams Mako and Raleigh in Gipsy Danger against his previous order. It was a nuance moment…but I picked up on it, knowing that the meaning of Sacker's nose bleed was going to be explained.