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Five For The Diary: Smart Sci-Fi Movies | 5. Pacific Rim
5. Pacific Rim

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE We shouldn’t really need to say much more than “Guillermo del Toro’s first film in four years” to get you booking time out to see this one, but just in case, let us add this much: giant monsters vs. giant robots. We’re talking proper huge, 25-storeys high creatures battling in city streets. And while it's now going to be post-converted to 3D, apparently without Del Toro's enthusiastic approval, it should look spectacular whichever way you see it.

Typically, the Mexican multi-tasker (he’s also shot second unit and edited as he goes) has assembled a cast of great character actors with which to populate his beautifully designed world. Idris Elba, Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam and Oscar nominee Rinki Kikuchi lead the way, with Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and Del Toro regular Ron Perlman in support. But he’s also focused on creating a believable world for these titanic battles. Everything is battered and worn, much of the equipment on its last legs and humanity suffering the physical, moral and economic effects of regular monster attacks throughout every level of society (like, what is a giant monster attack on Hong Kong going to do to the Hang Seng? Del Toro actually thinks about stuff like this).

If all goes to plan, what we’re going to see is a monster mash of epic proportions that’s married to some interesting sci-fi ideas (where are the monsters coming from? Why? How?) and great characters. And after the frustrations of years of prep on The Hobbit and At The Mountains Of Madness, it will be great to see a Del Toro blockbuster finally on the big screen.

SEE ALSO Any of the Kaiju movies we list here and maybe Gamera as well.

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1 What joo say bout MK?
Hey, don't rag on Milton Keynes, I bet the Empire office toilets are far less hospitable! More

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2 HAHA I love empire sometimes
'It’s also generally easy for filmmakers to create, too: just head to some remote, godforsaken corner of the globe (Milton Keynes, say)' Haha Empire just dissed my hometown lol. Nah take the piss out of it all you want, I want to leave MK hahaha! More

Posted by MartyW on Saturday September 15, 2012, 23:42

3 RE: Diana Wynne Jones' A Tale Of Time City
I am not a fan of every good book out there being turned into a movie. But this one? 'Tale of Time City' is amazing, and would make a great movie--so long as they don't involve any of the 'Alice in Wonderland' design/effects people and turn it into a candy-coloured CGI orgy. But in the hands of a director known for a personal, interesting style, it could work brilliantly. Too bad Michael Fassbender is too old to be typecast as another android... ;) More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Saturday September 15, 2012, 12:09

4 It is now in 3D
Following Empire's news post about Warners converting this to 3D, this needs updating. Hopefully it'll be del Toro approved 3D. More

Posted by JoeN on Friday September 14, 2012, 15:22

5 Oh sweat dreams
"Could we see some of Iain M. Banks’ weirder Culture novels?" YES PLEASE!!! Give me Excession the movie! More

Posted by amerelium on Friday September 14, 2012, 13:57

6 All apart from Cruise!!!
Looking forward to all of these movies ( especially the new Bloomkamp and Del Toro ones ) apart from the one involving Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise sucks big time!!! More

Posted by dannyfletch on Thursday September 13, 2012, 16:24

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Milton Keynes is an awesome place!! More

Posted by Bowwowow on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 11:53

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Can't wait for Pacific Rim. Still so far away... More

Posted by Whistler on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 03:35

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