Last night I saw PACIFIC RIM. That’s really ALMOST all I have to say about it. I saw it. It happened. It was on a gigantic IMAX screen and I was wearing stupid yellow plastic glasses and somehow Hollywood has managed to make a movie about giant robots punching giant aliens that is so boring it barely held my interest. I’m not even kidding. I hardly even remember it less than 12 hours later.
Now maybe that’s part of the plan – maybe if they make a movie so full of spectacle and yet so utterly instantly forgettable – people will accidentally go see it twice or maybe purposefully do so out of an unwillingness to believe a movie so tailor made for them was such an epic opportunity to nap. Maybe that’ll be in the new TV ads next week:
“I COULDN’T REMEMBER ANY OF IT SO I SAW IT TWICE!” -Brian McKevitt THIS IS INFAMOUS
The one thing that I do remember is that when Idiris Elba’s character decides to allow his protege, Mako Mori the opportunity to fulfill her lifelong dream of totally freezing up and almost killing everyone within a five mile radius from the cockpit of a giant robot he does so by presenting her with a red shoe. It’s clear by the presentation of this shoe that it is indicative of their history together and that him giving her this shoe MEANS something between them.
So after presenting her with the shoe, they cut to a scene of her in the giant robot. She is melding minds with the blond hero guy who looks like the blond hero guy who who was in TRON 2 – THE WRATH OF CGI JEFF BRIDGES and also the blond hero guy who was in I AM NUMBER FOUR. He may have been the same guy. He may have actually have been the same character. Point being it doesn’t matter because when they “drift” and her mind is mixed with his, she doesn’t even notice his memories and totally freaks out over one of her own. Why did she need to “drift” to freak out over her OWN memory. She already HAD that memory. She could have freaked out about it at any time. Really struck me as an odd choice for them to take with the plot. Anyway . . .
Now that she is freaking out over the same memory she has had in her head for about twenty years or so, we get to actually SEE the memory and it is definitely worthy of freaking out over. She is walking along the path of giant monster alien destruction wearing one red shoe and holding the other. This is the same red shoe that her Mentor hands her to say ,”Hey – I’d like it if you would help pilot that giant robot just like everyone sitting in this movie theater knew you would the minute you stepped on screen.” Clearly something is going to happen with this shoe. They are going to share a moment. When Elba’s character finishes beating the bejesus out of the attacking alien and steps out of the head of the robot to look down at the little girl, he smiles at her . She raises her hand in a sort of “thank you” gesture. Then the dream sequence is over. What the hell did the shoe mean? It must have meant SOMETHING.
I’m not a stupid guy. I understand subtext. I get subtle. I comprehend symbolism and all manner of literary function. I have not the SLIGHTEST idea what that shoe is supposed to symbolize. No idea. What COULD it mean? Why does he give her ONE? She had BOTH shoes – she was just HOLDING one! WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Worse than all of this is the fact that at the end of the movie, Ron Perlman’s character escapes the gullet of a baby alien monster and immediately starts lamenting over his missing shoe. This to me is indicative of the fact that I am NOT reading too much into it. It’s like they’re messing with me! WHAT THE HELL DOES IT MEAN? If you know please tell me as I really DO NOT want to have to sit through PACIFIC RIM again.