Book Review – Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters by David S. Cohen

Pacific Rim

I was going to hold on writing the review of Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters by David S. Cohen until closer to the release of the film, but then I saw how wrong some people are about the film.  When a lot of people seem to think it’s just Transformers vs. Godzilla they are overlooking some of the most important aspects of the film, and to a point this is through the marketing of the film.  If Pacific Rim fails because of this, and I do hope not then it will be down to the audience had no idea just what it was about in the first place.

Pacific Rim is not about big robots fighting giant monsters, it’s about the people in those robots.  It’s about a fight for the survival of the human race against monsters that have been created to bring about the end of the world.  Yes, the Kaiju and the Jaegers fight it out on land and in the sea to decide if we survive, but why are we fighting? Where did the Kaiju come from? These are the more important questions that will be answered in the movie.

In Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters by David S. Cohen we get what feels to be a spoiler heavy look at the making of the film, and in ways this may be why I feel the need to defend the film and tell people to actually read material on the film.  If we look at the trailers we don’t know about Raleigh Beckett or Mako Mori and don’t know why they’ve been teamed together in the Gipsy Danger, we don’t know about Striker Eureka, the Australian Jaeger, or why the Crimson Typhoon is unique.  We’ve not even really touched on Cherno Alpha or Coyote Tango.  In ways this is good as it gives the film some mystique, but then again…people think this is just Transformers vs. Godzilla.

Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters by David S. Cohen looks at how the Jaeger robots were created, how they were designed as well as looking at the Kaiju themselves.  Throughout the book there are blueprints and posters that are separate from the actual pages of the book and give more information on the creatures and the robots, the artwork shown and look behind the scenes of the film really give you a feel of the scale of the film we are going to see.  If anything it made me think that if people liked Hell Boy, they will love this film because it’s Guillermo Del Toro’s dream film really, the heart he’s put into it shows not only in the pages of this book but in the marketing we’ve seen about the film.  If this is going to be another “John Carter” then that in itself will be a crime, but there does seem to be some film industry politics at work here that is damaging what should be one of the biggest event movies of the year.

I already had it in my head where this review should go, but recent press about Pacific Rim has changed my view slightly.  In ways I wish that anybody who uses the lines “Transformers vs. Godzilla” should be given a copy of this book and told to go away and read it, then come back.  What Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters by David S. Cohen shows is why Pacific Rim will probably be one of the most imaginative movies we’ll see this year, and why it deserves to be a success.  Will it gain that level of success it needs and deserves? Only the movie viewing public will decide that.  Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters by David S. Cohen shows to me why this film will be a hit, now all we can do is hope.

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