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Stephen Churay
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Posted: 25 March 2018 at 1:10pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

So, judging by the lack of thread for this
film, there isn't much interest. But, in
case there is, my Son and I went to see it
yesterday. It's not going to win any
awards for story, but for a two hour
popcorn film, it was a hell of a lot of
fun. If I have a complaint, it's that
there are plenty of places to explore
characters and they get left on the table
in favor of a fast paced action flick. It
still works, but an extra 10 to 15 minutes
could have help with character
development. That said, it's a fun ride.

Edited by Stephen Churay on 25 March 2018 at 1:12pm
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 26 March 2018 at 8:27am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I want to see it, but I don't know if I'll make time to do so during its theatrical run.  I quite enjoyed the first film which was a domestic dud but an international hit.  The sequel looks to be following the same trajectory.  While it opened at #1 domestically with $28 mil, that's down $9 mil from the original (not adjusted for inflation).  However, it's already grossed $122.5 mil international (up nearly $70 mil vs the original) against a $150 mil budget.  Classic case of a film made for an international audience.
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Steve De Young
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Posted: 26 March 2018 at 9:27am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

My adult brain thought the first one was kind of dopey.  But my inner 12 year old boy rejoiced at watching giant robots fight giant monsters, and thought it was the best thing ever.  Sound like the sequel hits the same notes.
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Stephen Churay
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Posted: 26 March 2018 at 10:36am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

This one is a little dopier. My 8 yr old
loved it. He's kind of showed me the way
to enjoy these. Don't go in looking for
the art of cinema. Just enjoy the goofy
ride of giant robots and giant monsters
and have fun. This one feels more like a
Japanese film than the first one.
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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 26 March 2018 at 10:48am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I really liked the first one, not sure I want to see an Idris Elba-less sequel.

If I change my mind, I'll probably catch it at the cheap theater.
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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 26 March 2018 at 1:06pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I plan on watching this one on the big screen. I have very low expectations for story and character development, but seeing giant robots and monsters beat the hell out of each other is hard to pass up. And we finally get daytime fights! The first movie avoided a natural light, daytime battle for some reason, but my favorite shot is the daytime clip of the Kaiju taking out the wall in Australia.
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 26 March 2018 at 1:47pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

 Stephen Churay wrote:
...This one is a little dopier. My 8 yr old
loved it. He's kind of showed me the way
to enjoy these. Don't go in looking for
the art of cinema. Just enjoy the goofy
ride of giant robots and giant monsters
and have fun...


...And a child shall lead them. ;-)

Sometimes it's OK to have goofy fun for its own sake.

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Bill Mimbu
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Posted: 26 March 2018 at 7:01pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Saw this over the weekend and found it entertaining. Compared to the first movie, this felt more like Independence Day Resurgence crossed with the 2017 Power Rangers movie, but it was goofy fun.

I did LOL at a pair of back-to-back Mobile Suit Gundam Easter Eggs, one very obvious, the other not so.
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Greg Nyman
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Posted: 26 March 2018 at 7:29pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Sometimes on Saturday afternoon you just want to watch a movie with giant robots fighting giant monsters. I did and I did.
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Doug Jones
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Posted: 27 March 2018 at 1:20am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I loved it.


Itís a multinational cast (which was awesome) and I didnít perfectly understand every single thing every actor said. I certainly didnít understand everything the actors said while running and diving from a slew of guided missle debris. But you damn well can believe I understood a flaming chainsaw the size of an industrial crane carving through a fully occupied office building. I speak that language fluently. And I understood one giant robot horsewhipping the shit out of another with a pile of traffic. I understand those things like a newborn understands its mama's milk. And I understood them in IMAX, with my 10-year old son equally enjoying every single frame.


There are some issues. Mako Mori, the original filmís brightest light, gets the short shrift here. Scott Eastwood is passable at best. But you know what? A giant robot bludgeons a Kaiju with a plasma-charged morningstar. So I can live with the flaws, because when I was a kid I didnít wake up early mornings to watch ULTRAMAN for the tender human drama.


I unabashedly give it four gigantic spinning electrically charged stars, each ripping through a different building in a different city until they finally converge into one giant star in space, opening a wormhole to another universe which sucks up every stick-up-their-ass critic who wrote some weaksauce review. 



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Trevor Smith
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" But you know what? A giant robot bludgeons a Kaiju
with a plasma-charged morningstar."

**

If I didn't already want to see the movie, that would
have done it.
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Stephen Churay
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Posted: 27 March 2018 at 10:48am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

My son has asked me to beg the forum to
get everybody to see the movie. He
desperately wants the third one.

If you have thoughts of seeing it. Go see
it in IMAX. 3D optional but IMAX really
makes a giant robot movie better.
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 27 March 2018 at 2:43pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I seen it with my son.

And like the first one it was unadulterated action. Exactly what we wanted. No less than 4 big fights. And yes Stephen, IMAX is the way to go, 2D for me, with recliners of course.
Tell your son not to worry, a third installment should be a no brainer.
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Fabrice Renault
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Posted: 29 March 2018 at 7:43am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

I saw it and found it to be a very enjoyable sequel. Big fights well done and in bright daylight. Some enjoyable new ideas, and a clever follow-up of the first movie. Starship Troopers 2 it ain't !
On the record, I often dislike "clever kids" but the character of Amara was amazingly well written in my opinion. (the russian girl acted very well too).
I suspect Scott Eastwood was trying too much sometimes to mimic his dad.
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 29 March 2018 at 10:30am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Don't go in looking for the art of cinema. Just enjoy the goofy ride of giant robots and giant monsters and have fun. 
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When I was a kid I didnít wake up early mornings to watch ULTRAMAN for the tender human drama.

This is how I approached the first PACIFIC RIM. And it was good fun. I'll likely end up checking out the sequel at some point. 


Edited by Brian Rhodes on 29 March 2018 at 10:32am
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 29 March 2018 at 12:01pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

I really love the original Pacific Rim, but it is Del Toro!!! Going by the commercial for this sequel the Kaiju are back thus undoing the great victory of the first one, and it's effects look kind of half price where they were sensational on the first. But, the big deal breaker for me is no Ron Perlman!?! I'll never know if he gets his shoe back... so I'm really thinking this is going to be a permanent 'doesn't exist for me' pass, sorry, but the BF will probably buy the blu-ray whenever that comes out. He buys stuff I frown somewhat disapprovingly at like that, such as a remake of the Magnificent Seven or the Peter Jackson King Kong (but not the Will Ferrell Land Of The Lost thankfully). But then I got him back by buying four Happy Tree Friends DVDs (those things really are deeply wrong, I know).


Edited by Rebecca Jansen on 29 March 2018 at 12:03pm
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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 01 April 2018 at 3:29am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

I saw PR2 last night and while I liked it....it really lacked the atmosphere of the original.   Itís as though the criticism of the first movie being dark and rainy forced this one into an overload of screaming daylight.  And the result was a feeling of more ĎPower Rangersí than ĎPacific Rimí.

This one really needed DelToro.


Edited by David Allen Perrin on 04 April 2018 at 6:33pm
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Craig Markley
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Posted: 04 April 2018 at 11:36am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

LOVED the first one but the second one is certainly lacking.
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Eric Russ
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Pacific Rim is on my list to see.
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