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B-movie goes big

A Mexican in Hollywood has drawn from Japanese tradition to spawn the year's most rollicking blockbuster

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Brace yourself, otaku boys across the globe, Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim is the most expensive B-movie ever! And that's a big, big compliment in the season of sterile blockbusters, for this is an immensely imaginative, wildly exhilarating ride through kaiju geekery, Godzilla roars, apocalyptic frenzy and robot fetishism. In short, an East Asian monster flick begotten from the unlikely womb of a Mexican director by way of Hollywood surrogates. Move over Marvel heroes and Superbore, Pacific Rim is the most shamelessly entertaining summer movie we've seen so far this year. 

Starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro.

Of course I'm speaking from the perspective of a generation that grew up watching Godzilla flicks and Japanese monster TV movies _ those low-tech apocalyptic flicks full of hyperbole from the hi-tech nation that knows a few things about annihilation (or being annihilated). Some early reviews from US-based reviewers call Pacific Rim "derivative", which is completely missing the point, because the film wants to be derivative, it has to be derivative _ a proud derivative of a cinematic tradition from this side of the world (Pacific side, indeed) that once thrived on monstrous obsession and otherworldly horror. It is also a cinematic tradition that pins the survival of mankind on the help of man-made machines and gigantic automatons, and this is what Del Toro embraces and expands with a crazy mixture of childlike glee and professional mania.

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