Pacific Rim was fun, bottom line.
Whoever said that Pacific Rim is a 2-hour slug fest was misleading. This movie was the best of Godzilla and Transformers all wrapped up into one. And it was a fast 2 hours!
The movie starts out showing us the history of when the Kaiju started showing up, how we built the Jaegers and the story of Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and his co-pilot, brother, Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) in the early days of the fight.
At first, humanity was kicking the Kaiju’s asses, but then the Kaiju started kicking our asses back. And in the process, Raleigh lost his brother and went off to be a construction worker for five years.
But things got bad and the man in charge of the Jaeger rangers, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), went and found Raleigh to get him back into the program because they need pilots.
And the movie goes from there.
Other supporting cast included Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Max Martini, Clifton Collins Jr., and Ron Perlman.
Despite some reviews I read that said that this movie was all giant robots fighting giant monsters, they failed to mention the middle act and the story that developed therein.
When I was first hearing about the movie and the co-pilot scenario where pilots are mentally joined in “the drift” to operate a Jaeger, I wasn’t fond of the premise. But it all made perfect sense in the scope of things.
Director Guillermo del Toro loves his rainy atmospheres and awesome music. There were even times that the music reminded my somewhat of the old Godzilla films.
You don’t need a large format screen to see the movie because del Toro makes it abundantly clear how huge these robots are with how he pans the camera and shows the Jaegers.
I saw Pacific Rim in 3D. I tend to watch movies I really want to see, in 3D. It’s good for CGI-heavy movies and makes them a bit more of a novelty than seeing them in 2D. In this case, I think seeing it in 3D rocked.
As a giant monster/robot fan, this movie was a 10. As a popcorn flick, there were some tiny flaws that buggered me a bit, but nothing huge. ON the popcorn movie scale, this was a 9 out of 10, easy.