Quick Hits Movie Review: “Pacific Rim”

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A sci-fi action adventure directed by Guillermo del Toro which is set in a world where soldiers piloting giant robots battle against giant monsters who have mysteriously risen five miles from beneath the ocean. The film is meant to be an homage to Japanese giant monster films, known as Kaiju worldwide. Idris Elba, Ron Perlman & Charlie Day star in primary roles.
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“Transformers” meets “Jurassic Park” meets the creatures from “Pan’s Labyrinth”. That’s what you get when you watch the new film “Pacific Rim”. Even though I knew the film was directed by Guillermo del Toro, I still think I would have seen the similarities between this and his previous films: “Hellboy”, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”, and “Pan Labyrinth”. His directing is fantastic and his films have such a cool, dark vibe.

In the film, there are humongous creatures called Kaiju that begin attacking the earth through a portal deep beneath the Pacific Ocean. These creatures can devastate the planet in a matter of hours, and the only way for humans to fight them is to build gigantic robots called Jaegers. Jaegers are controlled simultaneously by two pilots connected by a neural bridge. Only the best fighters can be pilots and Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) was born to control the Jaegers. Under the command of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), Raleigh and the other Jaeger pilots must protect the world from an inescapable disaster. 

“Pacific Rim", to me, is a better movie than a film like “Transformers’. It has a unique feel to it and keeps your attention; especially with the bass shaking fighting scenes. Another thing I found refreshing was the character of Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) who was a believable “strong fighting” girl in this story. No offense to “Tomb Raider’s” Angelina Jolie or “Kill Bill’s” Uma Thurman, but I don’t think they would be much help in a real life battle. 

The computer generated effects in the film are absolutely fantastic. The story plays well with the effects and did not get hidden beneath all the explosions. I believe the editing, which was superb, had a big part to do with that. I like the direction that del Toro took the film into, and I don’t believe any director would have been able to accomplished what he did. Also, I love me a Ron Perlman sighting!

Theater vs. Home Release: Theater for sure.