Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim (2013)
  • Time: 131 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Idris Elba


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.


  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim could be described as a mix between Transformers and Godzilla, but luckily it’s more than that.
    del Toro has clearly been influenced by the Japanese culture, although it’s the first time that influence can be felt in one of his movies.
    The mecha anime genre, a specific category of anime full of giant robots controlled by humans who combats aliens, can be seen as a base for the movie.
    The story begins with the attack of aliens on planet earth and different countries working together to counterattack by building giant robots and training specific people to control them.
    Because of that Pacific Rim has an international feel to it.
    The scenario is quiet simple but there’s enough action, humor and special effects to keep the viewer entertained during the whole movie.
    The highlight of the movie for me was a scene involving a little girl who’s lost in Tokyo.
    The scene is dramatic and epic at the same time and the performance of this little actress could be the best of the entire cast.
    Speaking of which, del Toro has been working with Ron Perlman for some time now but decided to give the main role to a good friend of him (since they both play in Sons of Anarchy): Charlie Hunnam.
    I found him ok but not always convincing enough in that role.
    Idris Elba (known for his role in the British series Luther) is as good as always and Rinko Kikuchi also performs well and will have a certain impact on the male viewers for sure.

    If you’re an otaku or you just like science-fiction this movie is for you.

  • The thing about a movie like this is, we all want to see the big robots fight the big monsters. Simple as that. The downside is, you have to suffer all the boring drama bits between the action to get there.

    I’ve never understood why it is so many directors feel they have to have some tedious love interest in action flicks, it just totally takes the edge of the tension. Then we have the really nerdy and half crazy scientist types who, while portrayed as seemingly brilliant in their field, come across as almost insane. Has anyone ever seen a scientist behave like this? I mean in the real world? Nope, me neither, but it seems movieland feels that’s how we should see them all. It’s bloody irritating if you ask me. And Pacific Rim has its very own who really bugged me while on screen. Please can we have some normal scientists in these kind of movies please? Although given the plots are so outrageous maybe that just wouldn’t work so well.

    Anyway, getting to the action. It’s good. It’s really good, although sometimes it’s a little hard to make out what’s going on during the close-up fighting. Among horror fans, CGI is hated, as we love the day’s of olde with lashings of fake blood and latex, but without the runaway developments of CGI it would be impossible to make a film like this. I reckon Pacific Rim is the ultimate demonstration of the top end of where we are right now in computer based effects. What you see on screen is truly stunning, moreso the big manmade battle machines than the monsters I must say.

    I enjoyed the movie a lot. It’s maybe a little over-long with those slow drama scenes, but the onslaught of the mega battles certainly makes up for that. Good stuff then, for something so big and hollywoodesque.

  • “Haven’t you heard Mr. Beckett? The world is coming to an end. So where would you rather die? Here? or in a Jaeger!”

    This was an entertaining relaxing mind-to-zero movie. Best you lie back in your cozy seat to enjoy this one after a stressful week. That means you have to close one eye for the meaningless story and the abominable acting. The whole movie has the “We will prevail” attitude. For a moment I had a real “Top Gun” deja-vu moment when the doomed couple triumphantly returns after a dramatic fight with two Kaiju’s. There’s even a nod of approval from an arch rival. The latter hates the male half of the victorious couple and rather sees him evaporate from this world. Maverick and Iceman probably nodded approvingly at this crucial moment.

    The superfluous speech by Stacker reminded me of Bush on the rubble of the Twin Towers and sounded so ridiculous patriotic. The whole movie was indeed a tribute to “The Transformers” that had a fun time fighting Godzilla-like aliens. The movements of the Jaegers were in fact already amply addressed in “Real Steel” in the recent past. The predictability was obvious. Especially when my wife already said in the beginning: “Oh, no, I bet that one of the twins won’t make it?” And five minutes later it seemed she was right. It was no surprise that the spectacular ending would follow the mandatory Holywoodian directives : a dying ex-Jaeger sacrifices himself so that the hero and heroine can manage to get their robot through the connection at the last minute and then as a cherry on the cake, the supposedly dead hero pops out of the water.

    Why was this movie so good you wonder? The bloody slick and beautiful made action scenes. This was pure enjoyment every time. Both in and under water, it looked phenomenal. Most overwhelming were the parts where the battle took place on the mainland. Trucks, containers and supertankers were tossed around like Matchbox cars, compressed as tender buns and used as a destructive weapon against the dinosaur monsters. The CGI looked stunning except that it was sometimes hard to distinguish what happened in close-up moments. Without the special effects, a movie like Pacific Rim would be difficult to achieve. This was the ultimate prove you can create images with computer images in a convincing and realistic way. It all intrigued me so very much and never lost my attention for a moment.

    What really surprised me was the fact that there is a evident romantic tension between Raleigh and Mako, but they didn’t fall for the old cliche to let those two lovebirds fall into each others arms. That would have ensured a gagging shiver-moment for me. I also liked the two totally crazy scientists. They were so terribly annoying and played in such an excessive way. But that made me like them even better at the last moment. Especially when they are standing next to each other after the final triumphant victory, with their nervous puffs and a moronic smile.

    The humor wasn’t present very strongly, but when Hannibal Chau holds his boastful speech about the fact that he knew that the baby Kaiju wouldn’t live much longer, because the lungs weren’t developed completely, and he still ended up being swallowed by it : now that was funny !

    A CGI spectacle around a kind of empty story …

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