Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi
I’m as big a fan of Guillermo del Toro as the next guy who’s ever seen basically any of his movies, but I just gotta say that nothing about this movie made me want to see it. Leave the shitty giant robots blow up monsters movies to Michael Bay, please. I want another Pan’s Labyrinth or Devil’s Backbone.
Monsters keep spawning from a place at the bottom of the ocean, and the only way for mankind to stop them is by building giant robots to punch them. They retired the robots after building big walls around every coast in the world, I guess, but it turns out that giant monsters can just smash through walls (they don’t punch back, that’s the problem), so they have to use the last four robots in the world to stop the monsters before they kill everybody.
It’s pretty much Evangelion meets Independence Day. I really don’t even need to say anything else, it is literally that concept. You might as well watch Independence Day and just imagine that the jets are giant robots and the cool aliens are actually lame Godzilla ripoffs, it would be a better experience. The only thing better than its exact counterpart in ID4 (oh you better believe I still call it that) is that they gave Ron Perlman the monster expert role that went to Brent Spiner in the older film. I can’t even stress how much these are the same movie; I’d go into details but I feel like that would just be me wasting everybody’s time. It’s not great, but I guess if you love Transformers this could be an Oscar-worthy film.