Title – Pacific Rim (2013)
Director – Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy)
Cast – Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman
Plot – Kaiju, giant sea like monsters have been making their way through a portal in the Pacific Ocean, threating humanity on a regular basis. To combat these destructive killing monsters the humans create the Jaegers, our very own giant robotic beasts. Pacific Rim focuses on these machines and humanity’s fight for survival, including pilots Raleigh and Mako (Hunnam and Kikuchi), Army leader Stacker (Elba) and nerdy scientist Dr. Newton Geiszler (Day).
“Today, we are cancelling the Apocalypse!”
Review by Eddie on 12/07/2013
(Please note this review was for the 3-D version of the film)
If you have ever wanted your eyeballs to partake in a 5 star viewing experience look no further than del Toro’s assault on the visual senses, Pacific Rim. Del Toro’s giant monsters fighting equally as giant robots is a true big screen experience offering up an epic film on a scale unlike anything you have ever likely witnessed before, just don’t go in expecting any Shakespearian type dialogue or convoluted storylines. Pacific Rim is purely there for your entertainment and nothing more.
The movie wastes no time getting down to the nitty gritty, the things you want to see when paying for a monsters v robots movie. From almost the first frame del Toro is only interested in showing off his incredible CGI creations, witness as giant monsters from the deep lay waste to bridges, cities and all in their path, these scenes instantly creating a huge sense of awe and wonder all the while coming at you in well used 3-D technology. Del Toro should be a proud creator, these creatures are some of the biggest and nastiest seen on screen in quite some time.
Pacific Rim is so focussed on the CGI money shot’s that it’s quite true the characters in the piece play second fiddle and offer up nothing particularly interesting, it’s not to say any of the actors do a bad job however. Hunnam gives one of his better performances as the hero Raleigh, Elba offers up gravitas as Stacker owning some of his more aggressive scenes and Day gives us some pretty decent comic relief as the Kaiju loving scientist Newton. The actors that suffer most from their rolls are Kikuchi as the token female Mako and the Australian pilots Herc (Max Martini) and Chuck Hansen (Robert Kazinsky) whose accents are nothing more than horribly distracting.
In the end you should know if you want to see Pacific Rim. If a fun time at the movies is what you are wanting mixed with some very impressive visuals and ideas this is the movie for you. Anyone criticising the movie for story or dialogue needs to reconsider why they are even watching the film. Props to del Toro for creating an original popcorn spectacle! Here’s hoping everyone jumps on board to make it a success, we could always do with more robots hitting monsters with giant freight ships.
3 and a half very entertained Kaiju brains out of 5