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PACIFIC RIM: BIG, BAD AND BRUTAL…

So right now there are only literally days before we regular mortal folk get to sit in a cinema and finally see what is one of the most eagerly awaited huge budget blockbusters of 2013. There are teaser trailers all over televison and the internet, and over time this movie has come to look, at least so fantastically epic and action-packed in scale it is almost unbelievable on sight.

Even many months ago when there were only just a few stills and some artwork from the film to get us excited for a while it was a very exciting prospect, mostly due to it being directed by the huge cult fantasy legend Guillermo del Toro. This was the guy of never-ending artistic talent who has given us cult hits such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Cronos, then more mainstream but still distinctly his own Hellboy and Blade films besides others.

As great as Pacific Rim does appear right now, just what does it tell us about the kind of action FX movies that are greeting us regularly these days?

Are these movies too many, far too often? Are we happy with the amount of crash-bang explosive mega budget CG smooth genre movies we get, not really considering if there might be too much narrative repetition or lack of enough originality?

In fairness, it is summertime right now, and these movies are all over the place until around September, and almost unavoidable in magazines, on tv and in shops most of the time. What we can probably relax a little more about this time is Pacific Rim comes from a film director who always finds a way to be able to add his own visual and story style into things, which we all love about him and is great to see in crossover between smaller budget indie films projects and the enormous Hollywood spectacles he often alternates between.

It can regularly seem like a conscious struggle and effort to seek out more original and creative films, be they science fiction/horror/fantasy or just plain weird and arty, and in very recent times some of the biggest directors including Speilberg and Lucas have commented on the ever increasing cinema ticket prices soon possibly almost blocking out lower budget, more inventive movies over the most certain mainstream blockbuster movies, which can now seem at times highly predictable and depressingly lacking in good scriptwriting.

This time, at least with Pacific Rim we can very likely expect a good level of inventive and quirky creative input with our monolithic shiny giant robots as they smack the life out of the oncoming monster attacks.

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About JAMES E PARSONS

Author of science fiction novels Orbital Kin and Minerva Century-also horror, literary fiction, many short stories and screenplays. Always reading, writing, watching films, playing guitar/bass, and am a husband with a coffee addiction. New horror novel due for 2017. This is my blog, offshoot from my website. It will be where I post current thoughts, opinions, views, reviews, or discussions about contemporary film, movies, books, video games, television series mostly in the horror, science fiction, fantasy and their sub-genre offshoots. The entertainment not in the mainstream (for the most part) and proud of it. Also follow me on twitter- @ParsonsFiction, and facebook - James E Parsons

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