Issue 53

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12 FILM Issue 53 / 2013 Pacific Rim Even the most ardent supporters of Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' expressed disappointment at its CGI-heavy finale, so can 'Pacific Rim' fare any better? August 12th You'll find no spoilers here, but when the latest Superman movie 'Man Of Steel' came out a few months back, the general consensus was that while everything leading up to the release had been hugely exciting, in the end the film just ended up being a soulless piece of destruction porn. Fortunately however, 'Pacific Rim' arrives a little quieter but exclipses 'Man Of Steel' in pretty much every single way. With director Guillermo del Toro at the helm, the film sponges off his previous success with the twisted fairytale Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, del Toro has a talented foundation to build this film upon. With this attitude in mind, 'Pacific Rim' is an absolute blast. The plot may be as ridiculous as they come; earthlings thwart alien attackers by piloting giant robots, but del Toro sells it to hell and back through some brilliant visuals and an indomitable commitment to the material. His eye for detail is as sharp as ever with the bodysuits the soldiers don in order to control their avatar are almost as fascinating to behold as the metallic beasts themselves. The aliens, meanwhile, are from the Cloverfield School of Creature Design, but have a stockier, more wrestleready build to show-off. There's a vague stab at sentimentality with the proposition that the best fighters form a bond with their robot, but that's about as deep as the script gets. Headliners Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam give game performances, but with effects like this, plot and character development can afford to take a backseat. This is a big, bold sci-fi spectacle that wears its desire to entertain on its shiny robotic sleeve.

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