Pacific Rim(159970)

Pacific Rim is a good old fashion SCIFI movie with robots, aliens, and adventure.  Director Guillermo del Toro and cast starring Charlie Hunnam, Diego Klattenhoff, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman tell a tale in the not so distant future about aliens not in outer space but right here in our own planet in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

The story opens up with the about creatures coming out of the abyss of the Pacific Ocean destroying nearby cities.  It is soon discovered that these creatures are not of this world but were transported here via a rift in the fabric of space and time which is in the Pacific Ocean.  For the folks a little confused about this, its a wormhole - a small black hole that allows travel between two very distant points in space in a fraction of the time it would take for a rocket ship to travel that distance even at light speed.  This wormhole was created by an alien race knwon only in the movie as the Masters.  These Masters are also the one responsible for sending these large aliens to Earth to destroy all in their paths!

Pacific Rim Jaeger with the Flex Sword!

Not to be out done, the Nations of the world unite and pooling their resources and money and industrial know how create the Jaegers or large robots. The Jaegers are piloted by 2 highly skilled operators specially chosen not only by their skills of fighting but by the other attribute of being compatible in thougt patterns in order to control the Jaeger bots.  Like the larger sized dinosaurs, it was discovered that the Jaegers need two brains, i.e. two people, to help control the massive hunk of metal.  Two brains and two people who are compatible to work together and control the left side of the Jaeger and the right side. It was told that if one person tried to control the entire Jaeger, serious injury would occur to possibly cause brain damage due to the feedback and control gizmos generated by the sensors hooked up to the pilots.  This is like someone studying for four final exams in college one after the other.  I think if they just drank enough Mountain Dew that they would have been able to do it!

Now the movie opens up in the period of time when the Jaeger bots under the auspices of the United Nations are beginning to lose the war against the alien invaders also known as the Kaiju.  In the early conflicts between the Jaegers and the Kaiju, the Jaegers with their missiles, laser cannons, and raw brute strenth easily over came each and every Kaiju who passed through the rift.  Just like the younger brother who always got pushed around by their older sibling growing up, soon the Masters develop Kaiju in size and abilities in such a way as to methodically and brutishly bash the Jaegers.  In one scene, the Kaiju and Jaegers are fighting a battle where it looks like the Jaegers are going to win this battle but soon one of the Kaiju bark out pulses of energy which seem similar to EMF pulses given off by nuclear blasts such that all electronics on the Jaegers are destroyed. The science of that might be similar to an electric eel's electrical discharges used to protect themselves but on a more gigantic scale.  These Jaegers and Kaiju appear to be at least 200 feet tall in the movie!


Kaiju and Jaeger Pilots Eye to Eye
Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures

The movie soon ends (yes, all good things must end) where the only course of action, a hail marry throw, do it for the gipper, is to attack the path way of the evil and destroy the wormhole.  Of course, this is when the biggest and baddest Kaiju, a Class V Kaiju and three of them no less, are on the war path when our heros push on for the kill.  Like all good SCIFI we like a good old fashion fight but when the good guys are the underdog, three against two, that makes it even better! And yes, the Kaiju claw away at the first Jaeger who then makes the decision to blow themselves up hoping to take out the remaining Kaiju, to open a path for the secound Jaeger to get into the rift and destroy the wormhole using their thermonuclear engines on overload and for our hero and heroine to escape back to Earth where they live happy ever after. Pew...


Russian and Japanese Jaegers
Credit: Warner Brother Pictures

I found this movie to be very refreshing and cool using some of the latest and greatest CGM and 3D modeling available to date.  The creatures were so detailed and moved around like they were well...real. I voted this movie as SCIFI material because it is science based, a well put together cinema graphicwise, and inspirational for the youths of today to think about science and math.  What tiped me off to inspirational was my son's comment while we watched this movie.  He said ," Dad, I'd like to be a pilot of those robots soneday." A tear came to my eyes as I thought, "Yes, he has turned to the dark side..." I just didn't have the heart to tell him that we may never have giant robots like these but instead encouraged him to look into becoming an airplane pilot, boat captain, a heavy equipment operator and even Yes, an engineer to design new robots for the future.