Sunday, 30 June 2013

Pacific Rim: Man, Machines and Monsters - The Inner Workings of an Epic Film Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By David S. Cohen With An Introduction By Guillermo Del Toro

Published By Titan Books

Movie Making, Concept Art


legions of giant, monstrous Kaiju started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources.

To combat the Kaiju, a new weapon was devised: massive robot Jaegers, piloted by soldiers of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps.

This lavish book chronicles the production of the film with concept art, photography, and cast and crew commentary.


'Pacific Rim' is the much anticipated new movie from the movie mastermind known as Guillermo Del Toro.  Personally, I can't wait to see it so when I was offered the chance to review this book I was majorly excited but does this book live up to my lofty expectations?

Well, the answer to that is that not only does this book live up to the expectations, it damn well shatters them in to tiny pieces.

There's really a variety of stuff here that would have Del Toro fans as well as science fictions fans practically 'geek-gasm' to death.  There's concept art, interviews, posters, little tid bits for the characters, the story behind the characters, parts about the special effects used in the movie itself and much more.  I could quite literally sit here and list every little thing in here but I still wouldn't be able to do the sheer variety on offer here justice.

One of the things I really liked the most were the parts about the art work used in the movie itself because of the World War 2 style of the posters they use for propaganda.  The stories behind the characters and their motives were a great addition as were the little bits here and there about how the actors gave the characters their own personal spin.  It really does come across as having been a family on the set and  that they were given a lot of freedom to make the characters come to life.

Much like the 'Fringe' book that I reviewed a while back, it's the little details in this book that really makes it a fantastic pick for not only movie fans but for fans of Del Toro himself.  There's a really nice introduction by Del Toro too that comes across as quite personal and really makes you feel like he's really proud of the movie.

I can't really class this book as anything other than essential.  It's a truly brilliant book that will positively delight fans and people that just want to see how a stunningly beautiful movie was made.

Well worth picking up.

Presentation 4.5/5
Informative 5/5
Recommended 5/5
Overall 14.5/15

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