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Pacific Rim (2013)
A spectacularly mind-blowing movie that should go down in 3D film history
Okay, don't get me wrong. This movie was a thousand times better than any of the Transformers movies. I'll tell you why: the story was better, the effects were fantastic, and to be honest, the Gypsy Danger and Cherno Alpha truly made me feel small compared to Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.
The tagline of the movie sold me: To fight monsters we created monsters. If you don't know anything about the movie, just learning the tagline gives you a general idea.
What makes this film truly amazing to me is the fact that it was mesmerizing like other of my favorite visual effect movies like Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and James Cameron's Avatar. The acting was also great. The graced performances of Idris Elba (Golden Globe winner, Luther), Rinko Kikuchi (Oscar Best Supporting Actress, Babel), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), and Ron Perlman (Golden Globe winner, Beauty and the Beast) were seen as clever and entertaining.
Some before even seeing the film might have said that this movie was all visuals and has no real plot, but they were proved wrong. The story was solid and creative. And yes, the big robotic machines were awesome, but the story was too.
Now seeing this movie in IMAX 3D is the only way you can have fun at the theaters. Seeing it regularly at the movies isn't as "magical" as IMAX 3D is. Not only did the effects look great, but the sound was too. The heart-pounding stomp of the Jaeger's (German for "hunter", the gigantic robots created by the humans) monstrous feet treading through a destroyed city made you feel like you were standing right in front of it. The roar of the colossal Kaiju (Japanese for "strange creature", the monsters of the movie)coming out of the water made you tremble in fear.
What else is there to say? This was one of the best times I've had at the movie theater since seeing Man of Steel. When this comes out on Blu-ray, I am buying it and putting it in my favorite films collection.
Now if this movie isn't nominated for at least ONE Oscar, I will truly be disappointed with the Academy...
The best anime/animated movie on EARTH...and most underrated...
I'm not going to lie, I was a bit reluctant to watch this at first because I was afraid I would be bored. After watching it several times, I'm still not bored. After 25 years, it is still the best.
First let's talk about the story....Phenomenal and original. This story displays optimism in the face of real despair. Katsuhiro Ohtomo has a genius mind. A mind that might as well dominate the works of Hayao Miyazaki. Others might say that this story is confusing and boring, but they are dead wrong. What makes the story so interesting to me is how difficult it is. A complicated story line is always fascinating to those who like to watch movies and figure them out themselves.
Now, characters....Kaneda: the only animated character with real guts. Tetsuo: the only truly frightening force of any animated film. The relationship between Kaneda and Tetsuo (main characters) is so tragic and heartbreaking that it adds a different theme to the story: friendship. Kaneda is shown doing everything he can to snap his childhood Tetsuo back into reality. Others characters like Kei, the Espers, or the Colonel are absolutely works of art. Supporting characters may not be important to some, but to me they add a certain sense of depth to the plot. The fate of Kei's character was a surprise to me. I will not say anymore beyond that point...The Espers were so mesmerizing in personality. Their looks are certainly deceiving (some think they were creepy). They may come off as the "bad guys" but in the end they are just trying to re-balance what they've been born into. The Colonel, however, was one of my favorite characters. He is so determined and strong-willed which made me admire him. None the less, these characters are distinguished and definitely underrated.
Now, the animation....This movie was made and released in 1988. Now I know what you may be thinking, it probably sucks. Well, again, you are WRONG. The setting of 2019 Neo-Tokyo was a marvel to watch. The bikes of the gangs were gorgeous, and I must compare them to the light bikes of Tron. They add the same intensity to the gangs in Akira as they do to the programs in Tron. The music along with the setting was mind blowing. I think that the best time I saw the city was when it was in ruins after the destruction of Tetsuo's path on his way to find SPOILER***the great power of Akira***SPOILER.
Now that I am done ranting about the best animated film on earth, just letting you know, It's Mr. Kaneda to you punk.