“To fight monsters we created monsters of our own.”– Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket
What’s good: The special effects and battle scenes were amazing.
What’s not good: Silly and predictable moments are downright corny.
What happened: Big budget films of today regrettably tend to focus more on special effects than on creating a good story with interesting characters. While this sounds like an easy concept, apparently it is harder to do than it seems. ‘Pacific Rim’ is yet another example of a really good idea that was almost ruined by poor character development.
Everyone thought that if there ever was going to be an alien invasion then it would certainly come from the stars. No one ever imagined that they would attack from underground. The first assault from the Kaiju destroyed several cities before it was taken down. Humans created the Jaegers in response so they could use monsters to fight monsters. Each one was piloted by two highly trained individuals who had to fight as one in the drift. Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) was one of the best soldiers in battle. Unfortunately, his reckless decision making and disregard for orders in one fight cost him dearly. No one has seen or heard from him since the incident.
Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) runs the Jaeger Program and is determined to keep it going at all costs. Pentecost searches for the one man capable of helping him cancel the alien apocalypse. Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) is an untested rookie seeking revenge after what they did to her family. The Kaiju are closing in and it is up to Becket to stop the alien race from destroying earth.
Clearly the fight scenes between the Jaeger and the Kaiju are the best part of ‘Pacific Rim’. The coolest moment was when Mako pulled out a sword to inflict maximum damage. As great as this scene was, you will wonder why they didn’t do that at the beginning. It sure would have saved a lot of time and heartache. Watching this film will definitely remind you of when you used to play with your toys. ‘Pacific Rim’ feels like a mixture of Rock’em Sock’em Robots, Godzilla, and Transformers. Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost is the best actor in this film. His performance is by far the most believable and memorable of the bunch.
The main problem with ‘Pacific Rim’ is all of the goofy moments that take place. It was pretty corny how we were introduced to each of the different Jaegers. It is so obvious that a line of toys from this film are on its way. Also, Ron Perlman is an excellent actor, but his entire storyline is essentially useless. The silly tone of every scene he is in feels like a waste of time and doesn’t even match the mood of the rest of the film. People will debate that comedy is necessary in these types of action films, but these scenes are just not funny. The government’s resolution to the problem after scrapping the Jaeger Project made absolutely no sense either. The final issue with this film is the lack of depth of the other characters. They are so poorly constructed that you will not care what happens to them except for Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost. This movie would have been a lot better if more time was spent developing the characters.
Bottom Line: ‘Pacific Rim’ is not as bad as advertised and is worth checking out despite its flaws.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 2 hours, 11 minutes
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