Aside from the great deal of painting that I did today and some editing I did for Book II, I watched Pacific Rim. I actually just got back from watching it, so the experience is still very fresh inside of my mind. I have to say that it is one of the best alien type films since Independence Day. Based on the trailers I wasn't really certain going into it, but now I do have to say that I was greatly impressed. I shouldn't have even suspected disappointment as Guillermo del Toro was directing and helming the feature. So in essence, big bad alien monsters called Kaijus come to earth from underneath the ocean from a different dimension to wreak terror, and through the plot of the film you find out that there is more going on than just that. Large war machines called Jaegars are piloted by two melded minded individuals; think massive robots, almost like the zords from the Power Rangers (dreadful comparison, but you get the point). Anyways. The cast was virtually unknown, but chosen well. Charlie Hunnam (Raleigh), perhaps must well known for his role in the British version of Queer as Folk, but he has been in several things since then like Sons of Anarchy. I suppose you could say that he is the hero of the film, although I would say it is a lot more complex than that. His character was interesting, cool, and likable. Not too shabby for one's first major role in a major summer blockbuster. Idris Elba (Stacker Pentacost) was perhaps the most well known actor, aside from Ron Perlman, to be in the film and boy was he just plain awesome. That man has serious acting talent, and is always a pleasure to watch. The comic relief was Charlie Day and Burn Gorman; both eccentric and exuberant scientists who try to understand what the monsters are up to. A lot of good moments, and some awkward ones, but not too bad overall. Rinko Kikuchi (Mako Mori) played the...love interest? For lack of a different term, I'm not certain, but there was a lot of compassion and care between her and Charlie Hunnam's character. I would say that they had relatively good chemistry together. There were other excellent cast members as well, and they were just dandy. Now. The special effects, 3-D, and action sequences were astounding and worked oh so well together. Many action sequences are boring these days, but something about how everything was done made it seem so dynamic and interesting, and the 3-D just added such an incredible layer of depth to it, which made it appear that much cooler. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are the masters of fantastic action sequences, but I do have to say that Guillermo del Toro is making his way there. Try to see this film in IMAX 3-D if you can; I do not think you will be disappointed. The music by Rmain Djawadi was relatively negligible, although there were some moments of awesome musicality. I do have to say that I loved the concept of the story overall; it was new and different, with a kind of intimate and old take on something that was rather large scale. I highly recommend this film and give it a "Strong Ability," and I also believe it is the best summer blockbuster yet, beating out in my opinion Iron Man 3 and yes even Star Trek: Into Darkness. And be certain to stay past the initial credits after the film is over, you'll get a good kick out of it.