MyGfsDog wrote:Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of great action movies, but they are getting harder and harder to come by. It's the constant action-everything trailers that turn me away. I love the Batman films, and those are primarily action, but I go into it knowing that there is a lot more to it than just action, and most of the best parts do not involve action. And frankly, I love films with a lot of violence in them, but it can't be mindless. But I'm not referring to 'films with fun action and physical conflict.' I'm talking about action action action movies. They're just not for me. Not since I was a kid.
The only problem with that approach is that you just can't tell from trailers for most movies whether a movie is action-everything or not. I guess Inception's trailer had a few mindfuck-style scenes to tip you off that it was more interesting than your average action flick, but most of them use action shots for all/most of the trailer because that's what draws the most people in to see the film. You can't tell without reading a review or actually seeing the movie whether the bits of plot between the action sequences are interesting and clever, shallow and stupid, or completely nonexistant.
Not that Pacific Rim was a clever, intellectual action movie. In this case it really was mostly action-action-action, so if you don't like that kind of movie I don't suggest you see it. Personally, the only contant-action movies I've really hated for being nothing but stupid action were the Transformers films - this one at least has a much more solid filmatic framework around it than those.