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What is Guardians of the Galaxy?

Who the superhero team is and what they do

Marvel Studios is rolling out with plenty of superhero films in the next several years, but none is more unique than Guardians of the Galaxy. The film has only been shooting for a few weeks now, but it already looks like Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be something very different. But what exactly is Guardians of the Galaxy about?

Guardians of the Galaxy is the name of two superhero teams published by Marvel Comics. The first team was created in 1969 by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. The Guardians of the Galaxy that the upcoming film refers to was created in 2008 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.

This team of pre-existing Marvel Comics characters was formed as a proactive effort to battle threats to galaxy. Here’s a brief description of some of the characters that will be appearing in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie:

  • Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and is more or less an average human. He wears a suit that enhances his strength and allows him to travel through space. Star-Lord also uses a weapon known as an “Element Gun,” which has the ability to project the four elements of air, earth, fire and water….kind of like Captain Planet.
  • Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is a green-skinned alien who is the last of her kind. In the comic books Gamora receives her powers from Thanos (the villain revealed at the end of The Avengers.) She is a skilled martial artist with super strength and enhanced healing. She is also shamelessly scantily-dressed.
  • Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) is a human who was resurrected as a powerful warrior to destroy Thanos. Drax has superhuman strength and speed and has the ability to sense Thanos’ location. Convenient power, that.
  • Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) is an alien warrior has super strength and agility, which is further enhanced by his set of armor. Ronan also has the ability to fly, which must be nice.
  • Groot (unannounced) is an alien plant monster who is pretty much a walking, talking tree. I don’t think I need to tell you anything more about him, you know you’re interested in seeing this.
  • Rocket Raccoon (unannounced) is a gun-toting alien raccoon…that’s right, a raccoon that packs heat. The idea may seem ridiculous, but director James Gunn says that Rocket, his favorite character, is not too much of a stretch for the superhero movie genre.

Guardians of the Galaxy will also feature Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker.

Just from reading the character description it is very clear that this will be one of the most ambitious and unique film adaptations from Marvel to date.

So does all of this pique your interest in Guardians of the Galaxy? Or would you rather stick to the traditional capes and tights superhero flicks?

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters August 1, 2014. 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer

Comic-con screens new trailer

Comic-Con is certainly the place for big comic book movie news, but yesterday also marked the debut of a new Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer.

The Catching Fire trailer was screened in front of the Comic-con audience along with some of the cast members from the next Hunger Games film including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Lenny Kravitz.

The Catching Fire trailer shows us what happens to the victors of the Hunger Games in this particularly dystopian future. Jennifer Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen has become a symbol of hope and strength for the working class people of the districts. Donald Sutherland returns in his role as President Snow to stomp out this growing flame of hope by corrupting and/or killing Katniss.

Like many sequels, the Catching Fire trailer shows us that the stakes will be raised, as Katniss must face off against other past winners in the next year’s edition of the Hunger Games. We see Katniss train for the games among some vicious blade-wielding females and probably the quarterback of your high school football team.

Another thing that’s featured in the Catching Fire trailer is the sad sack-ness of pint-sized Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson. While Peeta and Katniss are all lovey-dovey in front of the cameras like any good celebrity couple, behind closed doors it doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact it looks like Liam Hemsworth’s character Gale is getting the real face time with Katniss; as Donald Sutherland watches (the President is ALWAYS watching us!)

As I mentioned earlier, it’d be a safe bet that President Snow is going to be putting Katniss through as much pain as he possibly can, as we see her loverboy Gale getting whipped in a later clip.

The Catching Fire trailer shows the return of Stanley Tucci as Hair-do Dolly, or whatever his character is. He announces Katniss by her moniker “The Girl on Fire,” and once again her dress goes aflame due to Lenny Kravitz’s magic sewing machine, or something. And don’t feel too bad for Peeta, he gets a flaming dress too!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes out November 22. Check out the Catching Fire trailer link below:

The Hunger Games:Catching Fire trailer

Marvel reveals The Avengers: The Age of Ultron

But they don’t say how old Ultron actually is

Marvel Studios had quite the showing at Comic-Con 2013, punctuated by the announcement of The Avengers sequel entitled The Avengers: The Age of Ultron.

Ultron, the presumed villain of the film, is a super-intelligent robot created by Hank Pym AKA Ant-Man (whose film is rumored to be a part of Marvel’s “Phase 3” line of films). The subtitle The Age of Ultron could potentially refer to a very recent crossover event in Marvel Comics of the same name penned by Brian Michael Bendis.

The announcement of The Avengers: The Age of Ultron was made at the end of the panel by writer/director Joss Whedon. Whedon told fans that they can expect to see The Age of Ultron in theaters May 1, 2015.

The Age of Ultron was not the only big Marvel Studios film featured at the panel however. Clips from Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the first footage from Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Avengers and Thor villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) appeared onstage in-character, demanding the audiences praises before they see what Marvel Studios had planned for their upcoming films. Clips from Thor: The Dark World highlighted Thor’s home world of Asgard, Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster and a larger role for Thor’s ally and unrequited love Lady Sif.

The entire cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier was present at the Comic-Con panel to discuss their upcoming film, which will hit theaters next summer. Footage from the Captain America sequel included Cap taking on a large group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, newcomer Anthony Mackie flying in action as The Falcon and the first footage of Sebastian Stan as the film’s titular villain The Winter Soldier.

The last film Marvel featured before they unveiled Age of Ultron was Guardians of the Galaxy. Producer Kevin Feige and director James Gunn featured some of the footage from the quirky Marvel flick that had only just begun filming a few weeks ago. The clip featured the characters who will become the Guardians: Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Dave Bautista’s Drax and CGI characters Rocket Raccoon and tree-man Groot. One little piece of information that may have accidentally slipped out is that Thanos, the villain revealed at the end of The Avengers, will be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel Studios certainly has a lot on their plate, and from the audience response to what was shown at Comic-Con, they will likely be just as successful as their past film outings. It looks like Summer 2015 will be a hell of a showdown between Marvel’s The Avengers: The Age of Ultron and DC Comics’ Batman/Superman film.

Roller coaster accidents at Six Flags and Cedar Point

Woman falls to her death at Six Flags, seven injured at Cedar Point

On Friday evening around 6:30PM at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, a woman tragically fell to her death while riding one of the theme park’s roller coasters. Yesterday, investigators were still trying to conclude how the roller coaster accident occurred the night before.

Six Flags’ Texas Giant is the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world, and the site of the unfortunate accident. The Star-Telegram in Fort Worth recounted a witnesses’ description following the disastrous ride. John Putnam was waiting in line for the next car to arrive when the daughter of the victim got out of the car and was frantically screaming about her mother’s fall.

Another witness of the Six Flags accident, Carmen Brown of Arlington told The Dallas Morning News that the victim involved in the accident seemed concerned about being properly secured in her seat, and informed a Six Flags employee.

“He was basically nonchalant,” Brown told The Dallas Morning News. “He was, like, ‘As long as you heard it click, you’re fine.’ Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn’t feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride.”

After the accident, worried passengers had to wait to leave the train which stopped short of the load-in platform. Six Flags closed The Texas Giant, but the rest of the park remained open for the rest of the night. The part of the park where the accident occurred has since been closed off.

Here is an excerpt from Six Flags’ official statement to The Associated Press:

“We are deeply saddened to share that earlier this evening an adult woman died in the park while on the Texas Giant. Park medical staff and local paramedics responded immediately. Since the safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time.”

Another theme park accident, though non-fatal, occurred at Cedar Point Friday night as well. The accident took place on Cedar Point’s water ride Shoot the Rapids, leaving seven people injured.

The Cedar Point accident took place as the boat made its incline ascent up the hill. Midway through, the boat began to roll backwards down the hill and flipped over in the process. Cedar Point employees and medical staff rushed to the scene to help the injured passengers out of the water, including one who was reportedly trapped under the capsized boat for several minutes.

In the aftermath Cedar Point has close the Shoot the Rapids ride until park officials can determine what lead to the accident.

Warner Bros. announces Batman/Superman film

Dear God don’t screw this up

The big news at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday was the announcement of a Batman/Superman film. Though not much has been revealed about the film, it will be the first time in history for a Batman/Superman team-up to appear on the big screen.

Batman/Superman was more or less a surprise that came out of the Warner Bros/Legendary panel. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder told the Comic-Con crowd that there would indeed be a sequel to his Superman film. Following this, Man of Steel co-star Harry Lennix came on stage and read the following passage from Frank Miller’s classic comic book tale, The Dark Knight Returns:

“I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”

Fans of the seminal Batman story will recognize that as lines of dialogue The Dark Knight said to Superman as he was beating him down at finale of The Dark Knight Returns. As Lennix finished his reading, an image of a new Bat-symbol superimposed with the Man of Steel logo was projected on the big screen, announcing the Batman/Superman project.

The Batman/Superman film will undoubtedly cause some confusion for the larger superhero movie audience, who may expect Christian Bale or even Joseph Gordon-Levitt to be back in the cape and cowl. Christian Bale is already a resounding “no” for future Batman films, and it’s highly unlikely that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake would be the caped crusader in Batman/Superman.

Batman/Superman is clearly DC Comics’ battle plan to try to be on par with Marvel. It is probably a safer bet to launch their universe off with a Batman/Superman film instead of plunging head-first into a Justice League film.

Here is the official press release from Warner Bros:

“On the heels of the worldwide success of Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder is bringing together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time —Batman and Superman —for the first time on the big screen.  The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The current hit, Man of Steel, has taken in more than $630 million at the worldwide box office to date, and climbing.  Along with its star, Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.  The new Batman has yet to be cast.

Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay.  Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in Summer 2015.”

The Conjuring opens strong at the box office

Ryan Reynolds…not so much

The Conjuring opened with an impressive $17 million last night, topping the box office charts. Distributed by Warner Bros and New Line Cinema, The Conjuring is a supernatural thriller about a husband and wife ghost detective team investigated the strange-goings on of an east coast farmhouse. It looks like movie-goers packed into theaters for The Conjuring to be scared, make out like teenagers or just enjoy some nice AC.

The Conjuring took the lead from two-week box office king Despicable Me 2, which made $7.5 million on its third weekend. It looks like people would rather see a creepy supernatural thriller like The Conjuring or give Steve Carrell a repeat viewing over than pay too much attention to Ryan Reynolds.

 Two films of Reynolds’ opened this weekend: Turbo, the animated tale of a snail in the Indy 500 (?), and R.I.P.D., the supernatural action film co-starring Jeff Bridges.

Turbo already gained $9.7 million on its Wednesday and Thursday showings, and an additional $6.5 million last night, placing it in third at the box office last night. R.I.P.D. on the other hand had a rather pitiful opening with $12.5 million; the budget of that film reportedly being $154 million.

Will The Conjuring continue to ghost ride the whip to the top of the box office this weekend? It’s pretty likely. Not only is The Conjuring the strongest open of the weekend thus far, it’s also received high critical praise. Rotten Tomatoes gives The Conjuring an 85% fresh rating as far as critics go; the audience rating is at 90%.

Here are the top 5 official box office rankings from last night:
 

  1. The Conjuring: $17 million (first week)
  2. Despicable Me 2: $7.5 million (third week)
  3. Turbo: $6.5 million (first week, third day)
  4. Grown Ups 2: $6.4 million (second week)
  5. Red 2: $6.3 million (first week)

Are you going to see The Conjuring this weekend? Or do you feel sorry for Ryan Reynolds?

Kate Middelton to give birth soon

Royal baby is withholding

OMG you guys, Kate Middleton is getting closer and closer to giving birth to the royal baby! YAAAAAY!

Kate Middleton left her parents’ house yesterday with her husband Prince William and police escort to head back to London. The report comes to us from reparable news outlet Us Weekly, rumored to be the brainchild of iconic newsman Walter Cronkite.

Of course Us Weekly can’t confirm whether or not Kate Middleton has returned to London to give birth to her royal baby; for all they know, Kate Middleton could be back in London to start a YouTube series based on energy-efficient waffle irons.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has of course been the talk of this nation, that nation and all other nations currently not starving or being torn apart by war. Insider experts say that Kate Middleton is getting more and more pregnant by the minute, and hypothetically will be the most pregnant she has ever been in her life at the moment of the royal baby’s birth.

The royal baby in question was rumored to arrive yesterday, July 19, but seems to have chosen to remain hidden. WTF ROYAL BABY?!?

Like all prima donna royalty, it seems that the child of Kate Middleton and Prince William wants to make a dramatic entrance. The suspense is overwhelming those on the royal baby watch, both in London and abroad. As you may be aware, a heat wave has recently hit parts of Northeast America as well as London.

Though there is no scientific proof linking the current heat wave with the arrival of the royal baby, there is also no evidence disproving it. WTF ROYAL BABY?!?

When will the royal baby arrive? No one knows for sure. However you social media slores have nothing to worry about, it has been confirmed that Kate Middleton’s royal baby birth will be announced via Twitter.

 So if you really want to be in the loop you should refresh your Twitter feed right now!

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Emmy nominations 2013

Freaking Modern Family

Summertime is usually devoid of serious TV news, but behold, ye mortals: the announcement of the Primetime Emmy nominations!

Emmy nominations are a badge of honor that the TV elite add to their resumes; second to winning an Emmy itself of course. Before we go into the full list of nominees, here are some highlights:

  • Netflix makes its way into the Emmy nominations for the first time ever with multiple nominations for its original series House of Cards. Netflix’s new season of Arrested Development also landed an Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series nomination for Jason Bateman.
  • Despite it clearly being a regular season by season TV series, American Horror Story maintains its position as a “Mini-series.” I guess all you have to do is add a colon and a subtitle instead of calling it a second season.  (Therefore, I say Community Season 5 goes by the title Community: Retribution.)
  • Despite being completely over-the-top, Vera Farmiga scored an Emmy nomination for her role as Norma Bates on Bates Motel (a guilty pleasure of mine.)
  • Rob Lowe gets snubbed again for his LITERALLY fall-off-your-seat-laughing Parks and Recreation performance.
  • Somehow Bobby Cannavale got an Emmy nomination for his idiot character Gyp Rosetti on Boardwalk Empire.
  • Reality competition/reality program still has two categories. God. Damnit.

Here is a complete list of the Emmy nominations:

Outstanding Comedy Series:

  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS
  • Girls, HBO
  • Louie, FX
  • Modern Family, ABC
  • 30 Rock, NBC
  • Veep, HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix
  • Louis CK, Louie, FX
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime
  • Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS
  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO
  • Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO
  • Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Adam Driver, Girls, HBO
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC
  • Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC
  • Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC
  • Tony Hale, Veep, HBO

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS
  • Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC
  • Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
  • Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO

Outstanding Drama Series:

  • Breaking Bad, AMC
  • Downton Abbey, PBS
  • Homeland, Showtime
  • Game of Thrones, HBO
  • House of Cards, Netflix
  • Mad Men, AMC

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

  • Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC
  • Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime
  • Michele Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS
  • Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E
  • Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC
  • Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO
  • Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC
  • Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC
  • Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO
  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

  • Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, AMC
  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, CBS
  • Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

  • Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO
  • Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra, HBO
  • Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End, HBO
  • Al Pacino, Phil Spector, HBO

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:

  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX
  • Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime
  • Helen Mirren, Phil Spector, HBO
  • Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA
  • Elisabeth Moss, Top Of The Lake, Sundance Channel

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:

  • American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
  • Behind the Candelabra, HBO
  • Phil Spector, HBO
  • Political Animals, USA
  • The Bible, HISTORY
  • Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program:

  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol, Fox
  • Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, NBC
  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars, ABC
  • Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway, Bravo
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance, Fox
  • Anthony Bourdain, The Taste, ABC

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program:

  • The Amazing Race, CBS
  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC
  • Project Runway, Lifetime
  • So You Think You Can Dance, Fox
  • Top Chef, Bravo
  • The Voice, NBC
  • Top Of The Lake, Sundance Channel

Outstanding variety series

  • The Colbert Report
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
  • Real Time with Bill Maher
  • Saturday Night Live

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Sunday September 22 at 8 PM EST.

Claire Danes Vogue interview

Carrie Mathison: interior decorator

At one moment point, Claire Danes was a former “It girl” who seemed to be tail-spinning around the time of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Since 2010 however, she has been raking in every single award that she has been nominated for.  

Claire Danes will be gracing the cover of next month’s Vogue magazine. She will be featured alongside her Homeland co-star and fellow Emmy winner Damian Lewis, in anticipation for the Homeland season premiere.

In the Vogue interview Claire Danes discusses her trials and tribulations in the acting game:

“I always have the fear that I won’t be able to do it, because I am convinced that it left me and I don’t know how I managed it before. You just hold out for those rare moments when you feel a real fusion with this imagined person. It’s really like surfing. You get that wave and think, All right, I can be in freezing-cold water at 5:00 a.m. in the hopes that I will get one. And maybe you get three of those a year.”

In 2010 Claire Danes won scores of awards for her portrayal of autistic hero Temple Grandin in the HBO film of the same name. Despite the praise she received for Temple Grandin, her career was at a standstill. Claire Danes describes her slow moving career post-Temple Grandin with Vogue:

“It was confusing. I got a lot of plaudits, and it didn’t translate into more work. I was really, really struggling during that time…. It was grim. I was very hurt. Two years of not working was brutal. And a point came where I thought, I really like interior design. Someone suggested, ‘Maybe your real success is in your personal life.'”

It’s probably unthinkable for Homeland fans that Claire Danes may have even considered a career in interior design over taking the role of Carrie Mathison. She questioned taking the Homeland role:

“Do I want to play this toxic person for that long?” After having looked at the script Claire Danes decided that she couldn’t pass the opportunity up. “I was scared of it, and I thought, OK, right, that means I have to do it.”

You can see the full interview with Claire Danes in August’s edition of Vogue. Homeland returns to Showtime Sunday September 29.   

Pacific Rim review

Live action anime, if you’re into that

Pacific Rim is pretty much the epic rock ‘em sock ‘em smash-down that you’d expect it to be. From Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim is one parts monster movie, anime and Top Gun rolled into one.

Pacific Rim is set in the 2020s, in a world that is devoid of our current geo-political problems due to the fact that gargantuan alien beasts happen to arise from a portal in the Pacific Ocean every now and then to attack us.

Time for some sci-fi info dump:

The appearance of these monsters, known as Kaijus, unites the world to smack the big guys down. In an effort to better arm themselves against the Kaijus, humankind invents humanoid mechs known as Jaegers. The Jaegers are piloted by two-man teams whose minds are synched to operate the machine as one.

The emotional core of Pacific Rim feels like it was recycled from the Hollywood B-movie junkyard: our protagonist Maverick err, I mean Raleigh Becket, is the best of the best when it comes to Jaeger pilots. After losing his brother and partner, Maverick/Raleigh decides to leave the Jaeger program. Years later, he’s called back to duty for one last fight against the Kaiju. The resident Iceman tells Maverick that he is dangerous and inter-office rivalries go down and then they go fight the monsters a few times. That’s pretty much the gist of it.

Pacific Rim is nothing if not an entertaining view. It is probably the closest thing you will see to a live-action depiction of any number of mecha-anime programs that your friend Ronnie told you to watch on Adult Swim in high school. It has the ambitious escalated action of an anime show as well as stunted dialogue as if it actually was translated from Japanese. Added to that the fact that lead Charlie Hunnam’s voice sounds like a Solid Snake knock-off.

Cheesy character interaction and awkward dialogue aside, Pacific Rim is a pretty engaging sci-fi flick. One thing that is refreshing about the film is that the world of Pacific Rim is an already established one. This is not an “origin story” where we see mankind react to the first appearance of these monsters by building prototype mech-armor. This is a world where the advancecd technology is already a part of our characters’ lives, which helps the story move along more smoothly.

The visual effects of Pacific Rim are definitely a spectacle to behold. The battles between the Jaegers and the Kaijus are the cityscape throwdowns that you’d anticipate from a monster movie. The good thing is that they don’t overstay their welcome and become monotonous like other summer blockbusters (I’m looking at you Man of Steel!)

Another plus side of the visuals is the ever changing styles of the Kaijus and Jaegers. Pacific Rim would’ve been much less entertaining if the monsters popping out of the ocean were cookie-cutter copies. Instead, every new creature that showed up was bigger and better than the last.

Pacific Rim is a high-concept sci-fi film that suffers from its rather unremarkable character dynamics. It’s still worth a viewing if you want to see some good action this summer.