From left: Despicable Me 2, Grown Ups 2, Pacific Rim. (From Illumination | Sony | Warner Bros.)Adam Sandler has another hit movie on his hands, Despicable Me 2 is number one for a second week in a row, and Pacific Rim opens in third, but that might not be as bad as it sounds. It was a complicated weekend at the box office, with Kevin Hart's stand-up continuing to overperform, and The Lone Ranger showing all the signs of being a loss-leader for Disney.First, Adam Sandler and his gang of...Read Full Story
(Jaeger blueprint from Warner Bros. | Illustration by JJ Duncan/Zimbio.com)The scale of Pacific Rim is overwhelming. Giant monsters fight giant robots while being slammed with waves that appear to be hundreds of feet high. The combatants trample their way through major cities, while doing things like using an oil tanker as a baseball bat! When you see something like that, your brain tells you two things. First, this is awesome. Second, there's no way that's possible.Confronted with these two...Read Full Story
The Bottom Line
Should you see it?
It's a summer popcorn flick from a premiere directorial talent that falls flat in the brain and heart departments.
Pacific Rim stars toys doing the same thing the toys in Real Steel and Transformers do. Director Guillermo del Toro's toys are eight stories high, they club each other mercilessly, and the wide shots from breathless angles are spectacular, but that's all Pacific Rim's got. The film fails to paint a truly...Read Full Story