Monday, July 15, 2013

Overthinking - Pacific Rim

"Today, at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we've chosen to not only to believe in ourselves but in each other. Today, there’s not a man nor woman in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them! Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!"
- Stacker Pentecost, Pacific Rim

They did cancel something alright, and no, I'm not talking about the Lovecraft film that del Toro can't sell to the studios.

In a nutshell, I think Pacific Rim is an awesome movie - especially since it conveniently ties up with two of my other favorite fictional universes (even if it's just my overactive imagination running the show again).

Spoilers ahead. You've been warned.

The start of the film shows the first monster, (dubbed kaiju from this point forward) taking humanity unaware and rampaging throughout the US for about a week before finally getting taken down by contemporary military technology. Codenamed Trespasser, I can't help to think that this was essentially the plot of Cloverfield - and this is highly reinforced by the scenes of ruined cities that showed a striking similarity with good old Clover's path of destruction. It's interesting to note that with the way that they filmed Cloverfield - found footage-style - they didn't really give clear shots of the creature. They did enough to leave an impression though, down to the multiple appendages that Clover had and the fact that it had parasites (although Clover's parasites were a lot more dangerous than the lice that the kaiju had). The kicker? Trespasser was killed with a nuke, just like Clover.

The film's conclusion showed the heroes setting off Gipsy Danger's nuclear reactor to detonate it on the other side of the breach. The audience is shown a quick look of the kaiju's masters and for some reason, they look like the Collectors. The alien homeworld's backdrop resemble the Collector homeworld - a decrepit space station orbiting a black hole. It is implied that they have the technology to construct the kaiju en masse, mimicking the Collector's efforts in constructing the Human-Reaper from their machinery. The Reaper fog horn was a nice touch (although the sound effect is so common nowadays).

So they didn't just cancel the apocalypse, they canceled Mass Effect 2 as well. 

In unrelated news, why would Wizkids do this? They should have released something to the scale of Cthulhu. I would have totally bought that.

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