When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
I heard a few people mention that Charlie Hunnam can’t carry a film, but I disagree. I thought he did a fantastic job in the lead as well as Rinko Kikuchi. They put in just the right amount of romance to add a different dynamic to the film, but not going into cliche territory. Charlie Day was actually a surprise for me as I’m used to seeing him in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He spread his wings and came out a believable scientist. Good on you bud! Idris Elba continues to dominate each role he is given. One thought that kept coming up in my head as I watched this was that he could definitely play the Green Lantern John Stewart.
I love the story and the explanation for why everything is the way it is. A very creative concept and execution. Big congratulations to del Toro and his cast.
I also very much enjoyed the soundtrack/score composed by Ramin Djawdi even if it was highly derivative of his Iron Man score.. Sometimes so similar I thought I was watching Iron Man as some parts.