I'm definitely a fan of the first movie (I haven't seen the sequel), because it basically delivered exactly what it promised: a solid action movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters. The acting was decent, we had some interesting character bits, the plot made sense for an action-sci-fi film, the humor wasn't juvenile, it was just a solid, fun action film.Jabroniville wrote: ↑Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:54 amPACIFIC RIM:
-Pacific Rim was a pretty kick-ass movie. While I wasn't in love with it like many others were, and I found the fight scenes a little too same-y and easily-won, it contained a lot of memorable scenes- more than you usually get in Big Dumb Action Movies. Featuring very few stars (Idris Elba was then just off of The Wire, and was really more for Cinema Snobs to recognize), it didn't do overly well in the West, but proved popular enough overseas that it got a sequel. I liked the platonic relationship between the main guy and the Japanese girl, the interpersonal stuff, Elba showing so much charisma he overwhelmed the other actors, and the general plot thread about how Raleigh piloted a Jaeger by himself- a near-impossibility that nearly killed him, lost his brother ("I felt his pain. His FEAR..."), and more. It kept it from being Just Another Dumb Action Movie, even though it's basically "Aliens are sending monsters to kill us, so we built giant robots to fight them". Man, I got a stiffy just from TYPING that...
It was basically what I felt the Transformers movies should have been, and it shows the power a franchise name can have, because the Transformers films are pretty much worse across the board in most categories, and then include thing like really low brow sex/dick jokes, gratuitous T&A, racist stereotypes, etc. Yet the Transformers films all made more money than Pacific Rim. There's no justice, I'm telling you.
But the movie pretty much had me hooked from that first "suiting up" scene with the main them playing. It just made the robot feel epic and big, I was practically punching the air by the time the robot took its first steps out into the ocean.
Eh, I'd say their durability wasn't that bad, or at least, it was only slightly lower than the kaiju they were fighting. Gipsy went up against two kaiju, ripped out one's EMP generator, blew off one kaiju's arm and then shot it enough to reduce it to an corpse with an exposed, empty chest cavity. Likewise, tore out another kaiju's acid sack, froze off its tail, and then sliced it up with their sword.Jabroniville wrote: ↑Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:05 am
GIPSY DANGER (Class-3 Jaeger)
Role: Super-Heroic Kaiju-Fighter
Size: 79 meters (260 feet)
PL 15 (173)
-Here's Gipsy Danger- the "hero" of the film and central Jaeger. I made it PL 15, similar to the Showa-Era Kaiju of the Godzilla franchise, as it's powerful, but still limited. The durability is noticeably not that great, as Kaiju routinely rip limbs off. It's almost a finesse fighter compared to the other things in the series, though. I find the name of the Jaeger rather strange, though- "Gipsy" isn't an inherently impressive-sounding word, and is an outdated term sometimes (but not always) used as a pejorative slur. Like... ANY OTHER NAME could have worked just as well. It's named after a kind of WWII jet engine.
Gipsy vs Leatherback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74-dYu0CqFA
Gipsy vs Otachi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_GXFPn6dWU
Ah, the Boat Sword. I'm so happy.
It is clear that the human's big advantage is using skill over brute force though.
Here's some other Jaeger names from this website: http://pacificrim.wikia.com/wiki/Jaeger
There was an old Jaeger Name Generator I found a while back: http://jaegernamegenerator.tumblr.com/ (It still works!) But back in the day I tried it out and came up with some names that were cool enough that I entered them into a word document: