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#1 Edited by Citizengamer (177 posts) -

Hideo Kojima, creator of "Metal Gear" and other Konami games, really liked what he saw of "Pacific Rim" at a sneak preview of Guillermo del Toro's mecha-vs-monsters film. He sent out eight tweets describing his reaction on July 5 (going from bottom to top in chronological order).

Kojima wasn't the only celebrity to see the film early. Kanye apparently caused some buzz by sending out a few Twitter messages as well ("It's easily one of my favorite movies of all time.") Likewise, Seth Green tweeted: "Saw #PacificRim guys. SO. FREAKING. AWESOME. Guessing anyone saying it's not, hasn't actually seen it."

You can take those opinions for what you will. I really enjoyed Guillermo del Toro's past efforts in "Pan's Labyrinth" and, to a lesser extent, "Hellboy," so I've been cautiously optimistic about the film. Certain publications such as Variety have been playing up the "big flop" angle ahead of time, and there has been hand-wringing about early tracking numbers (awareness & interest) for "Pacific Rim" being lower than that of Adam Sandler's "Grownups 2". But it sounds like most people who caught early screenings of the film tended to like it. And as we've seen this summer, tracking numbers have been pretty wrong about the eventual box office results for films such as "World War Z." I'm not saying box office success or audience interest is necessarily correlated with quality, but I'd like to see "Pacific Rim" do well if it's actually a decent film.

For anyone who hasn't seen any "Pacific Rim" trailers:

UPDATE: Solid Rotten Tomatoes score of 77 percent as of 2 PM ET on July 11.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pacific_rim_2013/

#2 Edited by TheHT (10281 posts) -

Yup. My interest in this movie skyrocketed out of nowhere a few weeks ago. Really looking forward to it!

#3 Posted by CollegeGuyMike (381 posts) -

I've been pumped about this movie for quite a while now. I'm really excited to go see it. Comes out in just under a week!

#4 Edited by Video_Game_King (34610 posts) -

Why doesn't this surprise me?

#5 Edited by Example1013 (4749 posts) -

But does the tie-in game let you control battleships?

#6 Posted by CaLe (3678 posts) -

That's quite a lot of gushing... Consider my interest piqued.

#7 Posted by AURON570 (1666 posts) -

Yeah I saw his tweets too. "The ultimate otaku film" I mean holy crap. I was mildly interested in it before because of the Evangelion AMV, but now... !!

#8 Edited by Daneian (1172 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid 7 confirmed

#9 Posted by Cirdain (2957 posts) -

You didn't need to say Metal Gear's Kojima but yeah the praise seems crazy positive.

#10 Posted by GaspoweR (2510 posts) -

HYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYPE

#11 Edited by GalacticPunt (983 posts) -

Ooh, I get to be a little smug in this thread about already seeing it! It's a damn fine action movie, everyone should see it in the theater. Even if you somehow love 3D showings, go with the 2D since the best fights happen in nighttime/darkness (which never works well with the dimness of shutter glasses). I rolled my eyes a bit at the attempts at an emotional arc, but I can totally understand how Kojima would find the whole thing life-changing. It's a love letter to his sensibilities.

#12 Edited by Citizengamer (177 posts) -

@auron570: I'm pretty uninformed about the Evangelion universe and mecha-related series, but the world-building in "Pacific Rim" sounds neat. Guillermo del Toro clearly drew a lot of inspiration from those past series.

@galacticpunt: Nice, cool to hear! I've really hated 3D, so was planning to go with a 2D viewing regardless.

#13 Posted by DonPixel (2585 posts) -

eewww dat guy

#14 Posted by Veektarius (4147 posts) -

This is my most anticipated movie of the summer, not that Kojima's word has any influence with me.

#15 Edited by CornBREDX (4456 posts) -

Already interested in it.

Guillermo Del Torro is a great director and I have no reason to believe it will be bad.

CGI always bugs me, but these days I dont know how else they could make a film like this so I wont bash it for that and Del Torro usually uses CGI fairly well.

#16 Edited by Maajin (1038 posts) -

I fucking love everything Guillermo Del Toro touches. Even when the movies end up not being great, they're at least amazing to look at.

#17 Posted by Citizengamer (177 posts) -

@cornbredx: Yeah, I trust in his balance of CGI versus real sets. From my background reading, I seem to recall that the film crew built real-world sets and even the feet of some robots for most scenes involving human actors.

#18 Posted by EvilNiGHTS (1093 posts) -

So either the movie is good, or it's such an overindulgent and convoluted mess that it's the sort of thing Kojima would like.

Either way, that's an enticing proposition.

#19 Posted by MooseyMcMan (9748 posts) -

Kojima compared it to Jurassic Park.

I'm sold.

#20 Posted by Fredchuckdave (4481 posts) -

Should be solid, good director and Idris Elba is awesome.

#21 Posted by falserelic (4947 posts) -

Yeah, I would have to see it to believe. For all I know kojima could be getting paid to tweet that...

#22 Edited by Dixego (357 posts) -

After I saw the first trailer for Pacific Rim, I immediately watched the most prominent films by Del Toro (I had already watched Pan's Labyrinth, so I watched Cronos and Mimic). By doing this, I made absolutely sure that this film couldn't dissapoint me in any way and now I that it has Kojima's seal of approval, I can't wait for next week!

#23 Posted by EuanDewar (4513 posts) -

Pan's Labyrinth is one of my favourite films ever so im bare excited for this

#24 Posted by firecracker22 (522 posts) -

Yeah, I would have to see it to believe. For all I know kojima could be getting paid to tweet that...

Is it that hard to believe that Hideo Kojima would like a movie with mechs?

#25 Posted by falserelic (4947 posts) -

@falserelic said:

Yeah, I would have to see it to believe. For all I know kojima could be getting paid to tweet that...

Is it that hard to believe that Hideo Kojima would like a movie with mechs?

Kinda....

#26 Edited by Dallas_Raines (2048 posts) -

I felt bad for the writer of the flick on twitter yesterday, begging and pleading for people to just give it a chance.

#27 Posted by RollingZeppelin (1857 posts) -

I will see this movie for one reason if no other: Idris Elba!

#28 Posted by Ravenlight (8033 posts) -

Fucking kaiju and mecha battling it out directed by Del Toro? Even if the movie was bad, I'd still probably enjoy the spectacle.

#29 Posted by Elwoodan (672 posts) -

I've been blathering about this movie since I saw the first trailer months ago, I knew that, even if it wasn't a great film I would really, really love it. This is just icing on the cake :)

#30 Edited by sarahsdad (1037 posts) -

So ready for this.

#31 Edited by golguin (3655 posts) -

@auron570 said:

Yeah I saw his tweets too. "The ultimate otaku film" I mean holy crap. I was mildly interested in it before because of the Evangelion AMV, but now... !!

I can't remember if a mech movie has ever been made for the US so this should bring out a huge audience. We get plenty of it in anime form (some of the best series have mechs in them), but I don't remember a live action movie about it. It might bring out the Power Rangers nostalgia in a lot of people is that's the only familiarity they have with robots fighting monsters.

#32 Edited by Tru3_Blu3 (3152 posts) -

They may have been payed to speak. We'll never know, though.

In the end, I don't care about this movie.

#33 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (2950 posts) -

I don't even want to hear opinions from the sort of people who can't be at least a little excited about giant robots fighting giant monsters with fisticuffs.

#34 Posted by Skytylz (4015 posts) -

Movie looks terrible. Del Toro is a one and done with Pan's Labyrinth. Everything else he has done has been mediocre or terrible which is too bad.

#35 Posted by Mastercheesey (219 posts) -

Really happy to here people are liking the movie, i'm a big Del Toro fan and I cant wait to check this out!

@skytylz said:

Movie looks terrible. Del Toro is a one and done with Pan's Labyrinth. Everything else he has done has been mediocre or terrible which is too bad.

What!?!?!? Hellboy was awesome!

#36 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (808 posts) -

@skytylz said:

Movie looks terrible. Del Toro is a one and done with Pan's Labyrinth. Everything else he has done has been mediocre or terrible which is too bad.

none of what you just said is true

#37 Posted by RadixNegative2 (508 posts) -

All these tweets sound too good to be true. Can't help but wonder if they're paid.

But whatever, I just want this to do really well so Del Toro can finally make his R-rated Mountains of Madness.

#39 Edited by Aegon (5117 posts) -

He's best buds with Del Toro. I also follow him on Twitter.

@mastercheesey said:

Really happy to here people are liking the movie, i'm a big Del Toro fan and I cant wait to check this out!

@skytylz said:

Movie looks terrible. Del Toro is a one and done with Pan's Labyrinth. Everything else he has done has been mediocre or terrible which is too bad.

What!?!?!? Hellboy was awesome!

I don't remember much of the original, but I really liked number 2. It was pretty.

#40 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5120 posts) -

Do you guys honestly think Kojima got paid to promote this movie? C'mon...

#41 Posted by Kevin_Cogneto (925 posts) -

If this movie didn't have giant robots I'd be way more into it. Yea to kaiju, nay to giant robots!

#42 Edited by firecracker22 (522 posts) -

@falserelic said:

@firecracker22 said:

@falserelic said:

Yeah, I would have to see it to believe. For all I know kojima could be getting paid to tweet that...

Is it that hard to believe that Hideo Kojima would like a movie with mechs?

Kinda....

I think every game Hideo Kojima has made in his career, except maybe Snatcher, has had giant mechs in them. There are some scenes in the MGS series that straight up seems like mech porn with the focus on the body and structure they can delve into.

And who would pay anyone for a tweet? That sounds more unlikely to me.

I am looking forward to this movie. I'm a really big fan of Del Toro's work. Blade II, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and Hellboy II.

#43 Edited by Thanatos3 (80 posts) -

@firecracker22: Celebrities get paid to tweet about their cars and shoes and drinks and all sorts of stupid shit. But Kojima and del Toro are buds and I don't think you would have to pay him to promote a mecha movie. But it is a awful lot of hyperbole.

#44 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (808 posts) -

@firecracker22: Celebrities get paid to tweet about their cars and shoes and drinks and all sorts of stupid shit. But Kojima and del Toro are buds and I don't think you would have to pay him to promote a mecha movie. But it is a awful lot of hyperbole.

It's his opinion, it can't be hyperbole and even if it was you wouldn't know until you'v ether seen it or until all the reviews are out

#45 Posted by schreiberty (189 posts) -

i just want a portal movie, even if its terrible, witch im pretty sure it would be unless they did some sort of portal/ half life thing because they are presumably in the same universe.

Calling it now, Half life 3 is a movie. NO Half life 3 is Pacific Rim and its not even about giant mechs or monsters, Gabe was just playing us this whole time.

#46 Posted by Aetheldod (3341 posts) -

@skytylz said:

Movie looks terrible. Del Toro is a one and done with Pan's Labyrinth. Everything else he has done has been mediocre or terrible which is too bad.

Have you even seen Devil´s Back bone? The only movie he has done that is terrible as you describe is Mimic ... a movie were he admittingly bent to the studios demands , and it shows , but the rest are really well made and executed films. You are a very ignorant individual.

#47 Posted by MariachiMacabre (6937 posts) -

Metal Gear doesn't own Kojima, man!

#48 Edited by Citizengamer (177 posts) -
#49 Edited by MariachiMacabre (6937 posts) -

@mariachimacabre: Yeah, clumsy title. Point taken. Title is changed.

I had no intention of that being taken as "Change your title". I meant no ill will. Forgive me, sir.

#50 Edited by Skytylz (4015 posts) -

@aetheldod said:

@skytylz said:

Movie looks terrible. Del Toro is a one and done with Pan's Labyrinth. Everything else he has done has been mediocre or terrible which is too bad.

Have you even seen Devil´s Back bone? The only movie he has done that is terrible as you describe is Mimic ... a movie were he admittingly bent to the studios demands , and it shows , but the rest are really well made and executed films. You are a very ignorant individual.

No I haven't, but I've seen 5 of his films: Cronos, Hellboy 1 + 2, Pan's, and Mama. I'm not a big fan of horror films and I don't particularly care for the Hellboy movies. Sorry my opinion is so offensive to you, but I'll refrain from any personal attacks.