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Article posted: 7/8/2013 6:00 AM

Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' resurrects the Kaiju film

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"Pacific Rim" fulfills a very basic boyhood fantasy: big ol' robots and giant monsters slugging it out. The concept to Guillermo del Toro's "Godzilla"-sized film is about as simple as it gets, but actually constructing such mammoth creations is a far more arduous undertaking.

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The appeal of "Pacific Rim" isn't complicated. Like the kind of boyhood fantasy that delights in flying men and relishes dreams of dinosaurs, "Pacific Rim" is predicated on the simple, childlike thrill of seeing big ol' robots and big ol' monsters slug it out. Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" constitutes a large-scale attempt to bring Japan's beloved Kaiju movies -- their monster films, of which Ishiro Honda's 1954 "Godzilla" is the most famous -- to American shores.
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