Pacific Rim: Jaegerbomb Edition
Pacific Rim is one of the best and most memorable films from Guillermo Del Toro (Cronos, Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy), and is easily the best 'monsters vs. giant robots' movie to date. However, as imaginative as Del Toro's film is, it suffers from a flawed and distracting subplot involving a pair of over-the-top scientists. This cut removes the superfluos material to keep the movie focused on the Jaegers, their pilots and their Kaiju nemesis.
2. Removed introduction of Dr Gottlieb and Dr Geizler in the elevator
3. Cut scene of Gottlieb and Geizler arguing in lab
4. Cut Chuck bullying Raleigh in the cafeteria ( In a movie full of giant monsters, we don't need a high school bully)
5. Cut Geizler's kaiju mind meld
6. Cut Stacker interviewing Geizler post-mind meld
7. Cut Geizler's Hannibal Chau briefing by Stacker
8. Brought the second flashback of Mako (which happens later during a conversation between Raleigh and Stacker in the original) forward to happen during the initial drift, so that the entire childhood trauma sequence flows as one scene
9. Cut unnecessary fistfight between Chuck and Raleigh (Jaeger-Kaiju fistfight later is more interesting)
10. Cut everyone avoiding Mako and Raleigh in the highschool cafeteria
11. Cut Hannibal Chau's introduction
12. Cut Hannibal Chau's monologue before the first battle. I left brief shots of a rainy and quiet Hong Kong night in to contrast the noisy battle at sea.
13. Cut Geizler running on the street to avoid the kaiju destroying Hong Kong
14. Shortened the bunker sequence to have Geizler trip and fall during a rumble. In this version, Charlie Day's character is a random pedestrian who is almost eaten by the kaiju. not some mystical mind-melder. The motivation for the kaiju to come out of the rift is not to look for Geizler, but to destroy humanity. This was just a bad subplot that was excised.
15. Cut Hannibal Chau and Geizler being attacked by the baby kaiju (this sequence was probably done for humor-- didn't really work)
16. Cut Geizler's and Gottlieb's second mind meld
17. Removed Gottlieb and Geizler from the final bridge scenes. Gottlieb can be seen in the background in most scenes but has no lines. Geizler is removed from as many frames as possible or blurred out when in the background to avoid recognition from the bunker scene.
18. Removed the 'genetic link' subplot where the scientists tell the crew they need to take a kaiju with them to the breach. Raleigh's line "You guys better be right" replaced with music and sfx tracks.
19. Cut the play-by-play commentary the bridge crew give after Gipsy Danger crosses the breach (ie. "He's giving her oxygen" while Raleigh gives Mako O2; "He's doing this.." etc. We can see what's going on and don't need a running commentary). The only bit I kept was when they say Raleigh ejected Mako out of the Jaeger because the hologram was cool.
20. Cut the "is-he-dead" suspense at the end
21. Cut the Hannibal Chau teaser at the end
Gargantuan mechas battling gargantuan monsters—these are the ingredients for Awesome Sauce, except for what felt like a gargantuan theatrical run time. (I fell asleep watching the original version, but in my defense, I had just escaped three weeks of sleepless torment by the Porcupine People, bastards one and all.)
In comes Ranger Kris with his nuclear-powered buzz saw, and gone is more than half an hour of bloat, leaving a lean popcorn flick that's, by gosh, even popcornier. I would have preferred even more slicing, including the already thin father-pilot-son-pilot subplot. Also, some judicious cutting could have eliminated the telecommunication between the Shatterdome control room and the pilots who crossed over to the kaiju dimension, because really, you don't want Facebook to know what you're doing over there.
The addition of the faneditor's name at the start and end of the movie was notable for being stylish and bold, as it should be in a movie of this sort. Image quality was superb except for the credits, which were juddery as hell. But fuck, who cares about the credits? Because there be monsters and robots to behold.
This is the kind of movie I would have fapped to in my childhood. As soon as I take over the Porcupine People's time machine, I'm going back to deliver this fanedit to my six-year-old self, who probably won't know what to do with the USB stick. Guess I've got a to haul a flat screen, too.
Thank you RangerKris! :]X
The pace is great and no time wasted on mediocre humor. The cuts have left a few inconsistencies, blood on Raleigh's face after Mako's meltdown in the Jaeger for example and no real explanation of the mean looks between Raleigh and Rob, sorry I mean Chuck. But this doesn't really detract from the action.
I agree that the bunker scene seemed out of place, no explanation of why everyone backed away from him and why the Kaiju would be trying to get him, I feel it could have been cut with no detriment to the story.
The video quality was excellent but the audio seemed a bit overblown in a few places earlier in the movie, both on my tablet and on my PC.
Overall though a good edit and one I'll return to in the future.
So I avoided this when it came out due to negative views, and now having seen the honest trailer and this edit, I know that this is an improvement.
The story flows well and it just works better than the original, which I'll likely never watch.
There were some minor sound issues and the only thing I'd edit further would be the guy with cancer. It doesn't seem as heroic, him sacrificing himself since he was gonna die anyway. Might as well go out with a bang eh?
This made a mediocre film good and my thanks go to the fan editor for making it possible.