Pacific Rim is the movie I've been waiting for for 9 months, but it's also the movie I've been dreaming of for 9 years. The last two major kaiju brawler film was 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars, and the last big Kaiju film was 2008's Cloverfield. Although I enjoyed both of these movies, they both had a few problems. Pacific Rim, however, was pure awesomeness. A big-budget, American Robots vs Kaiju film, what could go wrong? Admittedly, this film does have some minor problems, but overall it was a very fun movie. Let's start with the plot.
Big monsters. Big robots. They fight. This film isn't terribly deep in terms of plot, but it doesn't need to be. It's a simple premise that delivers what it has very well. In the year 2013, A massive kaiju, known as Axe-head, attacks San Francisco. The military kill it after 6 days, with thousands of deaths. Shortly after, other kaiju begin emerging from a portal beneath the Pacific ocean, and start destroying things. Eventually, humans build these massive robots called Jaegers, which are piloted by two people using a mental link between their brains. Our main character, Raleigh Beckett (Charlie Hunnam) and his brother are the pilots of Gipsy Danger, a mark 3 Jaeger. They are called to fight a category 3 kaiju known as Knifehead. An epic battle ensues, people die and the fight is epic. And this is all before the opening titles.
5 years later, Beckett is once again called into the Jaeger program. He is recruited by Stacker Pentacost (Idis Elba), anfd once again joins the kaiju war with new co-pilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). The plot isn't anything special, but I will say that the third act leaves a little to be desired. In the middle of the movie there is a battle in Hong Kong, which is the best part of the movie. The climax doesn't even hold a candle to it. But the Hong Kong battle is so awesome it completely makes up for it.
This movie has some great characters, and some not so great ones. The lead, Charlie Hunnam, is a little dissapointing. He doesn't have too much to him, and is unfortunately the most boring out of all the characters. Mako Mori is alright, and so is Newt Geiszeler (Charlie Day). Stacker Pentecost is awesome, played very well by Idis Elba, and finally we have Hannibal Chau, played by Ron Perlman. He is very funny and a great character, as well as having a scene with a great surprise. Overall, the characters are about what you would expect in a film like this.
Monsters, Robots And Action
Pacific Rim has hands down the best creature fights of any movie I have ever seen. Better then any Godzilla movie and better then any Transformer movie. The fights in this movie are amazing. from the opening sequence to the Hong Kong battle to the finale, every fight was fantastic. The combat felt real, and every blow seemed to have a massive impact. It sometimes felt like the robots were moving a little too fast, like in the Sidney battle, but never the less it was great. The final battle leaves a little to be desired, but it was still awesome. The robots are all well designed and the monsters look good too. There are over 10 Kaiju in all, and they are all amazing. This film is visually stunning. The effets look great and sometimes I even forgot I was looking at a CGI creature. Another strong point of this movie is its score. The music is fantastic.
If you like action movies, monster movies, robot movies or anything like that, Pacific Rim is one of the best there is. This movie is awesome.
- Great Action
- Fantastic Effects
- Some Cool Characters
- Well Designed Monsters
- Awesome Robots
- Awesome in general
- Not much in terms of story
- Some Flat Characters
- Lackluster Final Battle/Ending