Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim! The new Robots VS. Monster’s epic from Director Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth). Except, these robots and monsters have a little bit more to them than your average ones. This film is a mixture of Japanese lore and futuristic technology that combines for one of the year’s most enjoyable films!

Pacific Rim starts off with an introduction to two words. Kaiju: Monster, and Jaeger: Hunter. We start the story in the middle of the war against the Kaiju, giant monsters that have entered our world from a rift in the Pacific Ocean. The first Kaiju destroyed cities for  six days before tanks and jets could kill it. After a few more attacks, we knew it wouldn’t stop, so we made monsters of our own. The Jaeger program was created and all the nations in the world came together to fund the creation of giant robots that were operated by two pilots, linked together by a synchronization between brains. After that sync, the two pilots could control said Jaeger and use it to kill the Kaiju.

After six years in the war, the World Leaders have decided that a wall is a better use of money than the Jaeger program, so Marshal Pentecost (Idris Elba) enlists the help of retired Jaeger pilot, Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), to help pilot one of the last remaining Jaegers in an all out effort to destroy the rift. Reluctantly, Becket accepts and is whisked away to Hong Kong, where he meets two scientists by the names of Newton (Charlie Day) and Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) whom will help him with the destruction of the rift.

From then on, the movie is pretty much awesome action that only gets better and better. The fight scenes are insane! It’s everything your 8-year-old self has ever wanted! The battles look incredible and they seem pretty realistic! The dialog in this film is so-so and the movie borrows from other awesome films, but that’s okay. Like Fast and Furious 6, if you go into this film expecting any more than what it really is (in this case an awesome  Robots VS. Monsters movie), you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. This is a perfect popcorn flick that will pertain you from the get-go. The visuals are captivating and aid the epic battle sequences that make this one of the most enjoyable movies this year! For more on why this film completely rocks, keep reading for my Top Ten Thoughts on Pacific Rim!

It’s crazy to see how far technology has come in the last 10-ish years… Power Rangers was ahead of its time… I mean, look at those graphics!

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

The visuals are just fantastic. Del Toro brings out all the stops for the Kaiju and Jaeger’s.

This film is a compilation of Independence Day, Top Gun, and Godzilla, all in one. That’s a bad thing, how? Last time I checked, those movies are awesome!

The audio is also fantastic. The sound effects will blow you away and will please your ears.

The Kaiju can only come out of the rift one at a time., weeks apart.

The description of this movie that I most agree with is “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for Adults”. How can that possibly be a bad thing?

Idris Elba struggles to keep his American accent.

Idris Elba is great in this movie, as is Charlie Hunnam. I’d avoid getting them angry…

This movie is predictable and semi-repetitive at times.

The two-pilot synchronization is a really cool and unique idea that plays out very well in the film.

The character development could have been stronger.

Charlie Day and Burn Groman add great comic relief to this awesome movie. They’re funny and neurotic and it works!

The dialog isn’t gold. It’s choppy and predictable. What did you expect?

The action sequences are jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, and any other form of either of those words that you can think of!

I would have loved to see an all out war between an army of Kaiju and an army of Jaeger’s.

The Kaiju and Jaeger’s are freaking awesome. They look cool and have hidden moves that are stunning. They’re so awesome!

Charlie Day could get on some people’s nerves. He can be loud and annoying, to some…

Unexpected attacks from both sides will prove entertaining and exciting. Unexpected, in this case, is a very good thing.

The action to dialog ratio is a little to low. I was hoping it would be around 10:1.

This movie freaking rocks! It’s easily one of the most enjoyable movies this year and will have the inner 8 year old in you screaming with joy!

If you hate fun and awesome action, chances are that you won’t like this film, which sucks for you… Because it’s freaking awesome!


Pacific Rim is no Oscar contender. Nor is it a “great” film. What it is, is an astounding accomplishment of visuals and effects that make for one of 2013′s most entertaining movies! This film’s action is nearly unparalleled and will make you feel like you’re a kid again. Which, in my opinion, is a very good thing. This movie knows what it is and it takes you along for an action packed ride that is quite the spectacle. You do not want to miss this movie if you’re looking for action, adventure, or just a good time at the movies!

Pacific Rim Trailer

3.5 STARS!!!

3.5 / 5 stars     

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