For anyone who remembers “Creature Double Feature” on Saturday afternoons, “Pacific Rim” is definitely reminiscent of this, but super-sized! Godzilla-like monsters emerging from the sea wreaking havoc on the world, and giant robot monsters who have been built to take them on.
The film begins with the world finally getting back on its feet after nearly being destroyed by giant monsters called ‘Kaiju’. They have been rising from a rift in the bottom of the sea and decimating countries and their people. The giant human-controlled robots known as ‘Jaegers’ have been tackling these creatures and humanity has started feeling some relief from their reign of terror. But will that relief be short lived?
For the most part, the cast was superb. I found Hunnam to be a little boring, while Elba was impressive as the commander-in-charge. Charlie Day as the nerdy scientist was funny but tended to verge on annoying at times. Ron Perlman was perfectly cast as the black market dealer of Kaiju parts.
The action is absolutely epic, with the related special effects being exciting and imaginative. The movie is filled with thunderous battle scenes featuring beautifully choreographed CGI, but by the end of the movie they do start to seem a little repetitive. The plot is quite basic, but that does nothing to stop the copious amount of good fun to be had. Pacific Rim is a smashing good time!
Pacific Rim opens nationwide tonight at 7pm.
PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language
Run Time: 2 hour 11 minutes
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