My son and I saw an early movie screening of Pacific Rim. The film is about a future when Earth is at war with giant monsters from another world. Based on the movie trailers, I didn’t have high expectations for the film. But as it turns out, Pacific Rim is one of those films that is actually better than the trailers. My son and I enjoyed it, and give it four thumbs up. Pacific Rim (Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.) opens in theaters today. Continue reading for the full review of Pacific Rim.
Seven Things About Pacific Rim
The humans go big so they don’t go extinct
In the story, giant creatures (Kaiju) invade Earth through a portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The monsters end up killing millions of people. To stop them, the countries of Earth unite to build giant robots (Jaegers) to stop them. The Jaegers are control by humans wearing special suits that make the robots mirror the pilots’ movements. The Jaegers are essentially giant-size versions of the Real Steel robots. At first the Jaegers are able to stop the Kaiju, but then the monsters evolve and are able to figure how to defeat the Jaegers.
It’s Godzilla vs the Transformers
The Kaiju monsters in the movie remind me of Godzilla. Most of the giant creatures don’t really look Godzilla, but they are big like him and behave like him. If you’ve seen the old Godzilla movies, then you know what I mean. Godzilla walks around Japan and destroys everything in his path. That’s what the Kaiju do in Pacific Rim — they destroy everything in their path. The Jaegers, on the other hand, remind me of the Transformers. In fact, the first time I saw the trailer, I mistook Pacific Rim for a Transformer movie. And when the Kaiju and Jaegers fight, it’s like watching the Transformers battling Godzilla and his fiends (not a typo).
It’s like mind melding with robots
It’s too difficult for one person to control a Jaeger on his own. That’s why you need two pilots to control them. The catch is that the partners has to be in synch with each other. To do that, each pilot has to be psychically linked to one another. The story calls this drifting, which is essentially mind melding for you Star Trek fans. When pilots drift, they see each other’s memories and feelings.
Jaegers are robots you can like
Unlike most of the Autobots and Decepticon in the Transformers movies, the Jaegers are robots I actually care about. In Transformers, the robots are living beings but I still saw them as giant machines. The robots in Pacific Rim are machines too, but you know they are controled by humans that can feel pain when a Kaiju rips a Jaeger apart.
Buff dude + cute chick = predictable love
The first time I saw the two main characters (Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori) together, I had a feeling they would end up together. It’s predictable in that way. But I didn’t mind because I was actually rooting for them to hook up. In the scenes they are in, you can feel their attraction to one another. It’s as if they are destined to be a couple.
Cast of unknowns
It’s a good thing Pacific Rim has an interesting storyline because the cast is full of unknowns. The only person I recognized in the film is Ron Perlman, who was barely in the movie. He played the part of Hannibal Chau. Other cast members include Charlie Hunnam (Raleigh Becket), Rinko Kikuchi (Mako Mori), Idris Elba (Stacker Pentecost), Charlie Day (Dr. Newton Geiszler), Burn Gorman (Gottlieb), Max Martini (Herc Hansen), Robert Kazinsky (Chuck Hansen), Diego Klattenhoff (Yancy Becket), Clifton Collins Jr. (Ops Tendo Choi), Brad William Henke (Construction Foreman), Larry Joe Campbell (Construction Worker), Mana Ashida (Young Mako), Santiago Segura (Wizened Man), and Joe Pingue (Captain Merrit). The film was directed by Guillermo del Toro.
It’s rated PG-13
Pacific Rim is 131 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action, violence, and some profanity. In my opinion, it’s safe to take kids to see this movie. Keep in mind the film is probably too long for young kids and it isn’t a comedy.