CLICK HERE to watch the official trailer for Pacific Rim.
When monsters called Kaiju begin to come up from the sea destroying everything in their path, humankind must find a way to combat them. After millions of lives lost (which we don’t get to see, only told about in the opening narration) we come up with giant robots (called Jaegers) operated by two humans simultaneously inside each one.
If there are any main characters (outside the Kaiju and the Jaegers) that would be one of the washd-up pilots- Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) — washed up after his brother and co-pilots tragic end; and his new co-pilot Mako (Rinko Kikuchi). Leading them all is Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba)… And he is struggling trying to save the earth.
There is some comic relief from the good doctor trying to get inside the Kaiju brain to beat them– that’s Dr Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Horrible Bosses). The doc has to seek out the help of an underground dealer of Kaiju body parts named Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman).
Pacific Rim is the loudest, noise-filled film I have ever seen. The people are shouting and the robots screeching and the Kaiju screaming. Even the wind is loud. The battle scenes are many and often reminiscent of the old school horror/scary monster movies – especially the Japanese monster movies.
Directed by Benecio Del Toro, Pacific Rim weighs in heavy on battles, fights and destruction, but extremely light on character development. Even though there are people in it, there wasn’t enough time spent developing them for me to end up caring at all about them. But you can certainly tell Del Toro really loves this genre and he put a lot of effort into the monsters and the robots. I wish he’d have balanced that with characters that we could get invested in as well.
The special effects (and almost all of the movie is a special effect) are – for the most part – spectacular. And of course, I like to give you my take on 3D. For me, not worth it. It’s a dark movie made more so by the 3D. If you’re going, I would skip paying for it.
THREE OUT OF FIVE COOKIES
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language.