The Final Cut: 'Pacific Rim'

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July 11, 2013, 10:37 pm
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(NECN: Erick Weber) - As a child who grew up on Godzilla flicks, word of a picture that pitted giantic monsters against 2,500 ton robots was just slightly appealing, and after years of eager anticipation, Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" drops this weekend. Does it live up to the humongous hype?

Arising from the bottom of the ocean via an interdimentional portal, the skyscrapper-sized monsters, Kaiju, wreak havoc on coastal cities across the globe. Our response to the attacks? Build really, really, really big robots called Jaegers, which then battle the beasts rock 'em, sock 'em robot-style.

After some initial success against the monsters, the tide begins to turn as those monsters morph into even larger forces of destruction, forcing the Jaegers to retreat and regroup as the film stalls out.

But with a fiery Idris Elba leading the charge in some of the most insane action sequences I've ever seen in a theater, "Pacific Rim" gathers the forces and unleashes utter awesomeness. This is what a summertime popcorn flick is supposed to be. "Pacific Rim" rocks a Final Cut score of 91 percent.

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Tags: Guillermo del Toro, Erick Weber, The Final Cut, Pacific Rim, Idris Elba
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It was many moons ago in a darkened theater that my love of cinema took root as I snuck in to see my first R-rated film, Blade Runner. The futuristic vision that Ridley Scott unleashed on the screen was simply soul-expanding — spiritual even. From that moment, my mission to have that kind of magic strike again began in earnest. My hope is to be able to shine a light on films that may just have that kind of effect on you — films that may be lesser known, but not lesser in impact. 
             
- Erick Weber

Final Cut Scoring System
99-95% Opening night
94-90% Opening weekend
89-86% In theaters
85-83% On Demand
82-80% Netflix/Redbox
79-75% If desperate
74-70% If dozing off
69-65% If intoxicated
64-60% If comatose
Below 60% If brain dead

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