Pacific Rim (2013) | Movie Review
Release date: July 12, 2013
Runtime: 2 hr. 12 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Move over Transformers: robots just got better and Pacific Rim showed us how it should be done. This is a true summer blockbuster, if I've ever seen one: humanity faces giant aliens and what better way to combat them than with giant war machines? I had so much fun watching the film earlier today and I must say, I didn't think much of it when I first saw the preview. This is one of the few occasions when I like to be wrong.
Let me bring you up to speed. In 2013, in the depths of the Pacific Ocean a rift opens up, out of which a huge monster emerges. This, however, is not an isolated case - the monsters keep coming, the cities are getting attacked and thousands of lives are being lost. To fight the giant aliens, now called Kaiju, Jaegers were created: incredibly large robots, operated from the inside by a pair of pilots. Seven years later we meet brothers Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) and Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) Becket - rockstar-status pilots of a Jaeger named "Gypsy Danger". They are sent off on a mission after newly emerged Kaiju, but not everything goes according to plan and Raleigh must live with the consequences. After that the movie is, naturally, a fight for the survival of the human race.
Pacific Rim is the kind of movie that delivers what it promises: breathtaking action between robots and monsters. The story is reasonable, but not mind-blowing, as one would expect from a film such as this one. On a side note, it was actually refreshing to not get an add-on sappy love story or random female nudity. No spilled guts either, thankfully. The story really isn't the point - if you're looking for something complex, deep and meaningful, you really shouldn't be watching an action blockbuster. I've actually heard a few people complain about this and I don't understand what part of the trailer fooled them into thinking they were about to watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Guillermo del Toro sure lets his monster-creating self shine. What's also great, is that the action sequences don't make you dizzy. It's not one of those movies where we speed-cut from one angle to the next and are left guessing about what actually went down *coughG.I.JoeRetaliation*. The cast is decent, even thought after my brief encounter with Sons of Anarchy I expected more from Charlie Hunnam. However he makes up for that with his shirtless scenes. To be honest, nobody really gets a chance to shine with their acting chops in Pacific Rim - there is a lot of ground to cover in two hours.
Ultimately, I think this movie is worth checking out, as long as you take it for what it is. It's just good old sci-fi action fun. Really, how seriously can you take film with a tagline "Go big or go extinct"? I truly feel sad for people who didn't enjoy it - they missed out.
So who has seen this? What did you guys think? If not, are you planning to see Pacific Rim in theaters? And if you're one of those people, who went to see Grown Ups 2 instead, I really need to know why.