I saw Pacific Rim for the sole purpose of gawking at fight scenes between giant monsters (“Kaiju”) and giant robots (“Jaejer”) in and around Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor.
I was not disappointed.
Are they wrestling in the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals? Did that robot smack the monster in the face with a cargo ship in Admiralty? Did the hulking Kaiju just step over the pedestrian bridge connecting Exchange Square to World-Wide House where the domestic helpers buy phone cards on Sundays? Yes, yes and yes.
I was willing to ignore the strange appearance of a very India-specific black and yellow auto-rickshaw. I laughed over the ultra-exotified “oriental” streets of Hong Kong (1930s Shanghai, anyone?). My ears perked up at the sound of Mandarin rather than Cantonese being spoken on occasion in the background and my eyes were drawn to the sight of a simplified Chinese character (Ha! They don’t know just how much that annoys native Hongkongers!).
But the most striking inaccuracy was the complete and utter lack of cameras and smartphones in Hong Kong.
If a giant Kaiju attacked Hong Kong this is what would happen:
Perhaps in the near-future of Pacific Rim all smartphones have already been replaced by neural implants or Google Glass.
What film have you watched with your own city portrayed as a backdrop? Entertaining or cringe-worthy?