Release Date: March 7, 2014
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Run Time: 131 min
Screenplay: Travis Beacham
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Synopsis: When 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 defenceless 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.
Fair warning, I might be a little bit obsessed with Pacific Rim. I mean I did see it in IMAX 3D twice in one day. Excessive? Probably. Worth it? Absolutely!
I am not a huge sci-fi fan. There are specific films or franchises that I like and those that I don’t. So imagine my surprise when I just loved Pacific Rim enough to see it a total of four times in IMAX 3D. The premise of the story is a little far-fetched, but Pacific Rim is so visually stunning you find yourself getting lost in the story as the movie progresses. Let me just tell you that the Kaiju alone were pretty damned amazing. Add in the Jaeger’s that totally fit the nations they represent and you have some seriously phenomenal CGI work done on this film. It’s like a giant set of Rock’em Sock’em Robots but much, much cooler.
Part of the problem that I usually have with sci-fi movies isn’t really the story, but usually the casting. There is usually someone in the principal cast that just doesn’t work and tends to throw off the rhythm of the rest of the cast. This is certainly not the case with Pacific Rim. Charlie Hunnam brings just enough humility, strength, and a little of that Jax Teller swagger (SOA reference anyone) to his role as Raleigh to make it believable. Idris Elba was so brilliant as Marshal Pentecost that you really felt like he was a career military man fighting for the greater good. Ron Pearlman, for the short time he was in the film was absolutely outstanding in is his role as Hannibal Chow. I mean really, is there no role that this man doesn’t manage to nail to complete perfection?
Overall, Pacific Rim was very entertaining. I for one can’t wait for the DVD so I can hear the director commentary. For some reason I have this strange feeling that I may end up watching the DVD more than a few times.