3-D Nerd Porn- Pacific Rim

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I barely washed off from attending last weekend’s comic book convention when I watched the new movie Pacific Rim. Fortunately the screening was a safe distance from the Florida SuperCon or nerd bodily fluid would be spewing all over the place.

Pacific Rim plays like a geek’s wet dream. Giant robots fighting giant monsters! A waifish Asian chick who can fight, yet is still vulnerable! Ron Perlman!

If you want to waste time thinking about it, the plot for the movie is very confusing, it involves cloning and telepathy and alien invasion. But if you want to turn your brain off this movie easily allows for that too. All you need to know is monsters emerge from the bowels of the Pacific Ocean destroying our world’s cities. To defend our planet soldiers housed in massive robots battle the beasts.

In other words it’s a big budget adaptation of a six year old finding a couple random toys and making up dialogue as they smash each other to bits. All in glorious 3-D.

I’m not a fan of the new 3-D technology for movies. The theaters charge you five dollars extra and then expect you to return the glasses, but if there ever was an excuse for the surcharge it was this movie. The non-stop slugfests will probably seem repetitive if you wait to see this at home, but in an all immersive setting the punches and debris falling at you keeps you engrossed (Though I could do without the occasional subtitles. Trying to read with these 3-D glasses gives me a migraine.).

The characters and the dialogue are as adequate as they need to be. They fit the proper archetypes and I’m certain the filmmakers hope is that you will learn more about them in comic book, cartoon, and sequel spin-offs. But all that matters for an audience seeking out Pacific Rim is that the movie brings the destruction, the special effects, and the cool looking robots, and on all those counts Pacific Rim delivers.

Just make sure you wipe down the theater’s seat before you sit down to watch it.

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