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Ever since I saw a monster get hit with a boat by a robot, I was down for Pacific Rim. I don’t care about the story and I don’t care about the characters, just give me more of that awesomeness. So I guess you can say I didn’t have high expectations for Pacific Rim (well from the screenplay side of things) as the trailers just showed robot on monster action. The movie couldn’t have been two hours of straight action (although how cool would that have been) and had to have some sort of story, so the trailers not showing a whole lot of that got me worried that between all the awesome fights, we would get a lackluster story. After seeing the film, I’m happy to say that’s not true. Not only does Pacific Rim actually have a pretty solid screenplay but it has GIANT MONSTERS SMASHING ROBOTS INTO BUILDINGS!!!

After a portal opens in a crevasse in the Pacific Ocean, giant monsters called Kaiju rise up and start tearing apart the country. To battle these giant monsters we create giant robots called Jaegers which is commanded by two pilots whose minds are locked together so no single pilot can overwhelm another pilot (kind of hard to explain but just go with it). After years and years of ass-kicking from both parties, it’s time to end this once and for all.

The story might be pretty straightforward but works well for the film. A complex story with twists and turns would only seem unnecessary and convoluted as the purpose of this movie’s existence isn’t to win an Oscar (well it will probably take home a Visual Effects one, more on that later), but to have monsters and aliens beat the living piss out of each other. Nothing makes too much sense but it’s a sci-fi movie so you can’t overthink it.

The dialogue scenes are kept entertaining with some laughs and some great speeches from Idris Elba. Speaking of Idris, the performances in the movie are pretty good for the most part. People are complaining about Charlie Hunnam (who plays the main character) but he was perfectly fine in the film. It actually worked better having a mostly unknown actor (he does star in Sons of Anarchy so fans of that show might recognize him) as there was no “distraction” when he was kicking some monster butt. Idris, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, GLaDOS, and Burn Gorman were all great in their roles though. Nobody was phenomenal but those were the standouts.

The real standout in the movie isn’t any actor or line of dialogue, it’s the giant monster rampaging through Hong Kong. Assuming most people came to the movie expecting some sweet action (if you didn’t then….what?), you will be very pleased. Unsurprisingly, the fight scenes in this movie are absolutely fantastic and some of the most fun I’ve had at the movies in a long time. Every punch and building demolished brought a huge smile to my face with quite a few “holy sh*t this is awesome” moments in the film. Action fans will be in paradise.

The special effects in the movie are outstanding and really some of the best visual effects I’ve ever seen. Your jaw will drop constantly where even the dialogue scenes will impress you as there’s a giant robot being constructed behind the actors (don’t worry, it’s never a distraction). We knew Guillermo del Toro can direct great sci-fi action with the Hellboy films but nothing near as cool as this. Guillermo is slowly becoming one of my favorite directors working today as it seems everything he directs is pretty damn good. Everybody behind the scenes (including the genius who added rock music to the boat smacking scene) should be commended and better take home some of them Oscars.

I saw the film in IMAX 3D. For a movie like this, absolutely go IMAX. Not only did the film take up the whole screen (while most movies are letterboxed for most or all of the film) but the sound is absolutely phenomenal. The 3D, while better then most movies out there, didn’t add a whole lot to the film. If you go IMAX then the 3D is forced but those not willing to travel to an IMAX theater (SHAME ON YOU), just stick to the 2D.

THE VERDICT

Pacific Rim was exactly what it needed to be. Robots and monsters were kicking some ass and its story and screenplay, while nothing phenomenal, worked perfectly fine for the movie. You’re not going to walk out of the film a changed man, you’re going to walk out of the film saying to your friend “that was fu*king awesome.”

9 out of 10

For reviews and more from me, Petey Oneto, you can check out my blog but be sure to check back with Resident Entertainment for more of my posts in the future.

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  1. Bryan Weatherall

    July 13, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I’ve been interested in seeing this movie for a while, i’m glad to hear it was good, it looks like a fun movie!

    • Petey Oneto

      July 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Oh yes it is.

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Need For Speed Heat Australian release date Is November 8

The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed  fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”

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Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.

Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.

The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.

Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.

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Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?

Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!

Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.

The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.

As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.

The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.

The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.

Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!

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