I took myself to see “Pacific Rim” today. As a result, my hearing is pretty well shot, and I’m thinking about a marathon viewing of old Transformers movies. The Jaeger (hunter), clumsy-looking fighting robots, made me think of the drink Jaegermeister—probably not what Director/Producer Guillermo del Toro intended.
There were a lot of action sequences and also some nice lines in the improbable story of man’s attempt to fight back against Godzilla-like creatures crawling up from a crack beneath the ocean floor, monsters called Kaijus. The film opened with the Kaiju War, year 7, in Alaska in 2020. When the creatures began ravaging American cities (San Francisco, first), “To fight monsters, we created monsters of our own.”
Maybe if Anthony Weiner had not just used the name “Carlos Danger” for lewd texting to Sydney Leather I would have giggled less at the name “Gipsy Danger” for one of the ridiculously clumsy-looking robots mankind built to fight the monsters from beneath the sea. [I can hardly wait for the “Saturday Night Live” skit depicting one of these bulky robots trying to regain its feet after being knocked down.]
As the script would have it, “We’re losing Jaegers faster than we can build them.” But, remember, “When you’re in a Jaeger, you can fight the hurricane and you can win.” Or, at least, that’s what is supposed to happen. [Personally, I would not want to be stuck inside one of these clumsy-looking robot suits that depend on a mind-meld from its operators to function, even if I looked as athletic and capable as Marshall Idris Elba.]
Did anyone else notice that the human operators of these gigantic robots look nearly identical? I could barely tell the blonde hero Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) apart from his chief adversary Chuck Hansen (Robert Kazinsky). However, the special effects, especially the many and varied monsters, were convincingly creepy.
A list of some of my favorite lines from the script:
“Numbers are as close as we get to the handwriting of God.”
“Vengeance is like an open wound.”
“Don’t chase the rabbit. Stay in the drift. The drift is silence.”
“All I need is your compliance and your respect.”
“We either sit and wait, or we take these flare guns and do something really stupid.”
“You’re an egotistical jerk with Daddy issues.”
“One way or another we’re getting this thing done.”
“Today, we are canceling the Apocalypse.”
I’m sure there will be another film in this series scripted by Travis Beacham and Guillermo del Toro, and it will (also) involve a small, imperiled child, as most of del Toro’s movies do. [Stay to the end to hear Guillermo del Toro’s good friend Ron Perlman crawl out from the innards of one of the monsters and growl, “Where’s my g.d. shoe?”]