First Reactions To PACIFIC RIM Screening

First Reactions To PACIFIC RIM Screening

Reactions from the first Pacific Rim test screening are now online! Hit the jump to see what the first lucky viewers thought of the Guillermo del Toro's monsters versus robots film.

The first screening of the Guillermo del Toro directed film has happened hours ago in sunny Burbank California. The lucky few in attendance gave their thoughts on what happened in this screening on the internet(twitter, etc).

Here’s some non-spoilery information from their experience:

Rian Johnson @rianjohnson (Twitter)
Go into Pacific Rim prepared to be transmogrified into a 12 year old. And then to pee your pants with joy. I love it so much.

Bryan Chojnowski @BryanInSpace (Twitter)
Just saw an early cut of Pacific Rim and it is pretttttty cool.

Eric Church @HoursOfWealth (Twitter)
Saw a pre-screening of Pacific Rim… it is amazing.

Alex Irvine @alexirvine (Twitter)
So, yeah. You’re going to want to see Pacific Rim.

IMDb user OriginsOfRuin:
I just got back from the screening (though I’m not this guy’s friend, haha), and I freaking loved it. That’s all I can really say, but the FX are flat out incredible (the ones that were done) and the story is solid. I didn’t know Charlie Day was in it, and being a big fan of It’s Always Sunny, that was a pleasant surprise (he fits his role perfectly).

Overall, it’s probably the best summer monster movie I’ve seen, and out of summer movies in general, falls behind the new Batman series, but that’s about it. I wrote on their response form that they should be proud of the movie and that I’m glad it’s not another Transformers clone (re: Battleship). They killed it!

Let’s be honest, it’s not meant to be a complex, character-driven movie like the Batman franchise. There are huge monsters, humans fight them with big machines, and that’s your basic story. Beyond that, it’s easy to root for the characters and the action set pieces and monsters are incredible and awesome. It’s the summer action movie Transformers should’ve been, but failed epically at.

I don’t think you can expect that out of him because Avatar took place on another planet. Del Toro can only world build in the sense of envisioning a future on planet earth with crazy, big ass robots defending cities around the globe from giant, alien monsters. He can’t deviate too much from how we know and understand the world already.

1. The movie in its current form was around 2:00-2:15-ish. We weren’t allowed to have phones, so I’m not sure of the exact time..

2. I thought the performances were very good, considering the subject matter and the script. Idris Elba was great as the older commanding officer, and Charlie and Rinko both did well in their roles. Charlie Day and Ron Perlman were both awesome. It’s not going to win any SAG awards by any means, but the acting and direction were solid, and above average for a big monster movie.

3. It was hard to tell at points, to be honest. There was a good mixture between the two and they blended it really well. The set pieces with the jaegers were amazing and absolutely monstrous. It felt like a good combination between visual FX, models, and practical effects.

There were a good amount of kaijus (monsters), but they vary in size. Can’t really give the details on them.

If IMDb were to allow me to rated the movie, I’d give it a 10/10. I generally rate movies pretty highly, but that goes with understanding the identity of the movie for me. This particular film wasn’t meant to be anything more than giant robots fighting giant monsters. In that sense, it succeeded big time, and it had a lotta heart to go with it. I was thoroughly impressed and smiling throughout the film.

1. I think getting a maquette of anything from this movie would be pretty sweet. The designs of the jaegers and kaijus were very cool.

2. Yes, more than likely. I’d love to see it myself.

3. Umm… I honestly don’t remember the color that well. Black/gray/purple sounds about right. Somewhere in there, but mostly gray.

PACIFIC RIM SYNOPSIS - When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Pacific Rim was directed by Guillermo del Toro, from a script written by Travis Beacham. The cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke. In theaters July 12, 2013!
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CavEl - 2/3/2013, 3:07 AM
Meh..looks mama, but Idris Elba is from Tottenham like me, so I always support his movies.
LEEE777 - 2/3/2013, 3:31 AM
Hows about that DR STRANGE or HELLBOY 3 Del Toro?

ManofSteel23 - 2/3/2013, 5:43 AM
To be fair,none of them is going to say its shit are they
jazzman - 2/3/2013, 7:26 AM

hes from Hackney not Tottenham
jazzman - 2/3/2013, 7:28 AM
i cant really support the twitter reviews on movie cause who remember their was positive feedback for Green Lantern on twitter and look what happen when the movie comes out.

we just have to wait and see if the movie is good or not
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/3/2013, 8:30 AM
Idk about that. A lot of people said Green Lantern looked like shit with that screening.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/3/2013, 8:31 AM
I think this is going to be one hell of a summer
SAT - 2/3/2013, 8:36 AM
This is pretty random, but I think the audio/video sinc is off. I don't know, it looks like the audio is like less than a second off from the video...
astromerc - 2/3/2013, 8:38 AM
MAn I am soooo ready for this movie to come out!
MisterBabadook - 2/3/2013, 8:46 AM
Green Lantern was good, your expectations were too high. Same w/ GR:SoV
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/3/2013, 8:46 AM
jazzman - 2/3/2013, 8:54 AM

actually early screening of the green lantern movie was very positvie heres the sources
Ramiel - 2/3/2013, 8:58 AM
I love watching Del Toro's movies, but this doesn't grab my attention whatsoever.
darkbeefstakes - 2/3/2013, 9:24 AM
SOunds like it will be descent, but easily forgotten by the end of the summer.
RyGoR - 2/3/2013, 9:37 AM
I am so ready for this movie to come out.....
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 2/3/2013, 9:46 AM
originsofruins is funny, sneaky sneaky, praising the overlord's batman movies like that, lmbo. well played :P

pacific rim
into darkness
sin city

[frick] yeah!!!
ATrueHero1987 - 2/3/2013, 9:48 AM
I think this will be a great movie, I can't wait!

@Scabsallover That's your opinion. In general, GL & GR: SOV were awful movies. Here are the facts.
RT score from critics:
GR: SOV-17%
sarahsatire - 2/3/2013, 10:04 AM
This has the makings to be a truly badass film.

Talented, creative, over-all amazing director? Check.

Giant mecha reminiscent of Robotech and Neon Genesis Evangelion? Check.

Huge, monstrous creatures* to showcase what one can only imagine will be some highly memorable big scale fights? Check.

*(Big soft spot for creature features.. they're the best.)

The hotness of Charlie Hunnam? Bonus.

I'm stoked.
BlackIceJoe - 2/3/2013, 10:04 AM
Wow I am surprised it got so much hate :). I am happy to see that people enjoyed the movie. I really can't wait to be able to see the film. It should be pretty great.
ATrueHero1987 - 2/3/2013, 10:08 AM
I have a feeling this movie will hold me until Godzilla comes out(that is, if WB & Legendary get their shit together).
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 2/3/2013, 10:13 AM
Wtf!!! I'm 20 min from Burbank! How did I miss this!!:(
Facade - 2/3/2013, 10:20 AM
This will have to do until Robotech.
YoungThanos - 2/3/2013, 10:27 AM
This and "Despicable Me 2" are going to be the only relevant films in July.
Jollem - 2/3/2013, 10:32 AM
sweet. gdt's Dark Universe should happen. would be awesome
Ocelot - 2/3/2013, 10:40 AM
really looking foward to this movie but the trailer didn't impress me as much as I thought it would and the effects didn't look complete, hopefully it's good
Spideyguy94 - 2/3/2013, 10:46 AM
@PatriotsSuperguy Tottenham fan ey? Scared to lose bale?
Ocelot - 2/3/2013, 11:06 AM
@Spideyguy94 bale's overrated
MrYurMomm - 2/3/2013, 11:11 AM
Waiting time is too damn high Pictures, Images and Photos

beane2099 - 2/3/2013, 11:12 AM
Why did that one reviewer feel the need to keep making comparisons to Batman? They're not even close to the same kind of movie.

Also, someone said something about high expectations in relation to Green Lantern and the latest Ghost Rider. Pray, what exactly should expectations have been? All I wanted was a story that was coherent at the absolute minimum. That word describes neither of those films.
Spideyguy94 - 2/3/2013, 11:37 AM
@Ocelot as much as I hate Gareth bale, I have to admit he is a great player. Although I did hear someone say that bale is the best British player of the 2000's, sorry but that honour goes to Steven gerrard.
Kjo0212 - 2/3/2013, 11:40 AM
Idk last time I checked the critics weren't the end all be all especially in the comic book world .....
gaikinger - 2/3/2013, 11:41 AM
Dr. Strange for Del and Depp.
Kjo0212 - 2/3/2013, 11:41 AM
I'm worried about him getting anything done with all the commitments he is making
Ocelot - 2/3/2013, 12:06 PM
@Spideyguy94 he's a good player, but no where as good as he's made out to be
Maximus101 - 2/3/2013, 12:40 PM
Sounds promising! But definitely not near the top my most anticipated movies this year.
MarkV - 2/3/2013, 1:18 PM
The way the robots are controlled by two people dancing around in the cockpit side by side is so incredibly ill conceived and embarrassing to watch. Just ruins the movie for me. Plus there is more tension (as shown in many japanese anime) when ONE person controls one mech. The robot becomes the dramatic extension of the pilot.
Battabing - 2/3/2013, 3:31 PM
Not interested in this at all.
Digitaria51 - 2/3/2013, 5:12 PM
Well @Battabing that's because you're a f*cking douchbag.
Bandrews1 - 2/3/2013, 6:50 PM
That's all I needed to know. Can't wait :)
AmazingFantasy - 2/3/2013, 9:01 PM
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