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Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim (2013)

Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Starring Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and Robert Kazinsky



The planet is being attacked by huge monsters that are coming through a portal beneath the sea and it’s time for the human race to fight back by creating robot fighting machines.


My first thoughts when seeing the trailer for this film was it seems like a bigger budget Syfy channel TV film much like a Giant Shark vs. Giant Octopus and I wasn’t interested in seeing it. However with Del Toro as director I thought I would give it a go. As usual with his films it looks spectacular, the effects and the fight scenes between monster and robot are stunning. However the film lacks any other interesting points and in the middle of all this destruction a love story develops of which I had no interest in.



Apart from the fight scenes and the stunning effects I found this film boring. I felt the film didn’t really know what it wanted to be. I wouldn’t recommend it but at the end of the day it’s up to you if this is something you want to waste your time with.

TheFriedGold rating – 2/10 – TV movie with great effects



Film Fact


There is a post credit scene involving a character who makes a reappearance and once all the credits have rolled there is a roaring noise which suggests a hint at a possible sequel.


Monsters (2010)

Directed by Gareth Edwards

Starring Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able



With a title of Monsters you expect action, adventure, scary moments and monsters themselves. What you get from this is a fantastically shot film with wonderful landscapes intertwined with a story of two people trying to get across an infected zone back to America.

A photographer, Andrew Kaulder, is tasked with getting his bosses daughter, Samantha Wynden, back to America to her fiancé by going across the infected zone in Mexico. This infected zone is inhabited by aliens or as the title says Monsters since a space shuttle crashed there 6 years previously. The film follows the relationship that the two main characters strike up while trying to get home along with the fantastic locations that the film is shot in.

The lack of action, blood and guts for a monster film as compared to recent big budget monster films does not matter one bit and in a way makes this film so much better because you are not being brainwashed with needless and usually rubbish CGI.

If you’re expecting a big budget monster film then this is not the film for you. If you want to see a journey through some fantastic landscapes and see some excellent camera work then this is the film. It does not fall in to the trap of being a big budget Sci-fi film and is very well put together  as a monster indie film that does not concentrate on the aliens.


Film Fact

Gareth Edwards didn’t just direct the film he also claims the Writing, Cinematography, Production Design and Visual Effects credits heightening the indie status of the film.