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Pacific Rim (***)
directed by Guillermo del Toro
written by Travis Beachem and Guillermo del Toro
Principal Cast
Charlie Hunnam -- Raleigh Becket
Diego Klattenhoff -- Yancy Becket
Idris Elba -- Stacker Pentecost
Rinko Kikuchi -- Mako Mori
Charlie Day -- Dr. Newton Geiszler
Burn Gorman -- Gottlieb
Max Martini -- Herc Hansen
Robert Kazinsky -- Chuck Hansen
Clifton Collins Jr. -- Ops Tendo Choi
Ron Perlman -- Hannibal Chau
Ratings are based on Rick's four star system.
One star - the commercials are more entertaining than the viewing.
Two stars - watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars - good solid entertainment.
Four stars - you never dreamed viewing could be this good.
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A review by Rick Norwood

Pacific Rim "We know that it's atomic in nature!"

Most of my friends enjoyed Pacific Rim more than I did, and they freely admit that what they enjoy is watching hours of giant robots fighting monsters. If that's what you like, Pacific Rim is the movie for you. It has a certain amount of characterization: two amusing squabbling scientists plus a fellow wearing a bow tie and suspenders. You want in-jokes? It has in-jokes. There is one bit of voice characterization that I won't spoil for you but, yes, she is who you think she is.

It doesn't make any sense, but nobody goes to a movie about giant robots fighting monsters expecting it to make sense. Rockets don't work against these monsters. Explosives don't work against these monsters. And then, our hero and heroine come up with the one weapon that can defeat them. Swords!

Thirteen years ago -- have I really been reviewing here that long? -- I made a prediction in these pages:

"One thing that I worry about a lot is the dumbing of America. If we don't stop it, the lack of intelligent films will be the most minor of the consequences. It is a crime to force our children to spend twelve years in the stultifying boredom that our classrooms have become. And when these bored, ignorant, aimless people take over the world, we will deserve every moment of the terrible retribution that will descend on us."

The popularity of big dumb movies like Pacific Rim is a minor blip compared to the celebration of stupidity on television news. And my state, Tennessee, has cut their education budget by 30% over the last five years.

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Copyright © 2013 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon. Visit his web site at

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