Pacific Rim Review

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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.

 

The Good
What an awesome movie.  Let me first start off by saying that.  I didn’t know what to expect other than big robots and aliens going in.  My handy dandy notebook had barely 2 lines of notes in it.  I couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen long enough to write anything else.  This movie really makes you take a step back and wonder what the hell happened with the Transformers franchise.  This shames it in every way possible.  Del Toro really takes you into his imagination with these creatures, and its amazing.  This movie is filled with unrelenting spectacular effects and leaves your mouth dropped for a good 90% of the film.  The technical achievement aside, this movie also brings with it a lot of heart.  You feel for the characters, especially Mako’s character when she is a child.  That little actress stole the show with out saying a single word.  The battles were breathtaking in just the sheer scope of this film.  It’s simply grandios.

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.

 

The Bad
I don’t have much to put here in this section.  The only real complaint I have is that the movie ran just a tad too long.  Action and fight scenes are awesome but there is a limit that even my geek brain can take.  This seems to be a new trend happening in all these movies that they must run 2+ hours long and if you aren’t going to fill it with story you might as well stretch out an action sequence.  Other than that this section will stay pretty sparse.

 

The Verdict
This movie was a surprise hit for me.  I knew Del Toro being attached that this would be an amazing film, I just had no idea how amazing it would actually turn out to be.  This is one hell of a technical achievement and one not to be missed.  Do your inner child a favor and go see this movie.

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  • Pacific Rick

    I’m gonna go see this today. Thanks for your review