I'd be surprised if most these suit sequences weren't practical effects. This shit is really lived in.
Huh. Knifehead. "You killed my brudder!"
Hell of a first fight. Surprised Knifehead died...or did he!? <He did.>
The jager could have IR or thermal vision, but they put floodlights on them. I wonder if there's a cutoff point for impractical mecha technology.
Effective setup for how bad things are in the world by fleshing out the conditions at the work site.
Our hero exists in this world. It's pretty great.
And he's still helping to fight the kaiju. Good stuff. Good guy.
I want to make this base in Minecraft, which I'm beginning to take as the sign of a good movie.
The introduction of this woman with this umbrella is fucking perfect.
Even though everyone is worn and used, all of it is incredibly impressive.
Marshall: "I can't tell you."
-Yeah, Marshall. Operational Security is important, what with all of those Kaiju spies. They could be anywhere.
-Just imagine a kaiju in a trenchcoat and fedora innocuously reading a fedora at a bus stop while Protagonist and Mako have a discussion at a bus stop. <No one was more surprised than I was when this actually became a thing.>
Wow This is a believable "kill them vs understated them" conflict.
Lovin' these crazy fashions of a unique sci-fi world.
Lovin' Ron Pearlman.
Marshall: "You take risks. You lead with your heart. I don' think you're the right man for this job."
Protagonist: "Really? That was a stock hero checklist to me."
The clock is a great way to mark the passage of time. Dark Knight Rises, are you paying attention? Give Batman a watch or something next time. <And the payoff at the end was fantastic.
Ah, the stock 80's douche character. Well done. Polite golf clap, Pacific Rim.
Protagonist is about to get his ass kicked by the deaf girl from Babel.
You CAN'T send two nerds to deal with black market dealers! <Oh, well they just sent one, but it was a great arc.
Jesus, this tiny Mako flashback shit is intense, even knowing it's a memory. It's just super-effective.
80's douche guy is 110% That Guy.
There is no way in hell Marshall has her other shoe in that jager.
God damn. This thing is great.
Wish that the text from the Russians had been 100% in Russian with English subtitles. At least then I could've understood them over the sound of their own thundering footsteps.
Took 'em by long to make an EMP.
Protagonist: "This is for real Mako."
Make: "No shiiiiit. I deduced that from the supplied context of A FUCKING KAIJU ATTACKING US, ASSHOLE!"
Cargo containers; like a roll of quarters for your mecha.
Took its left arm. Nice mirror.
Rule #2: Always double-tap. Mako and/or Protagonist evidently saw Zombieland. It was probably Mako.
This part <in the shelter> with the two bricks is great. It brazenly manipulates your expectations. You think something in this movie is going to be small, then it gets right back to everything being really big.
Melee boat. Boats are not structurally designed that way. It would never, ever work. It is physically impossible and that would be a problem, but this movie found a way to turn physical impossibility into pure awesome.
Just as they remembered they have the sword, some kid says "awesoooooome," and it's so perfectly timed and delivered I'm not 100% sure that isn't part of the movie's audio track.
Is there any fight left to fight after the fight in Hong Kong? What's your follow up to this?
Noooooo Ron Pearlman!
Finally, the scientist guy got to see one life and up close.
Marshall: "If I ever step into a jager again..."
Protagonist: "Dude, that was the sound of you being fated to ride a jager again."
Lots of Cultural stereotypes Owen is so British.
Mako's tear is too perfect. I'll believe just about everything else in this movie is practical, but I'm 100% sure that tear is CGI.
80's Douche: "How are we going to synch?"
Marshall: "I'm a badass."
Dude, Protagonist. You don't have to start thinking about the future 'til tomorrow.
MY OTHER ARM!
Swords can't sing like that underwater, but who the fuck cares!?
Critical damage: Hip. Gipsy Danger is reduced to 1MP.
Morbo says: Nuclear reactors do not work that way!
Morbo says: Nuclear weapons do not work that way!
Always add jump jets to your mech! Always!
Only one movie this summer goes where no man—no one—has gone before. It's Pacific Rim. Not Star Trek.
Why does your REACTOR HAVE A TIMER!?
C'mon guys?! You couldn't find a real ocean to shoot this final scene on? Or is the Pacific Ocean really this beautifully fake-looking?
Yeeeeeeeees, Ron Pearlman!