Imagine you looked out into the night and, off into the distance, you could see the city skyline. Except one thing is different. There is a giant monster walking on through the city, toppling and burning buildings in its path. A pretty scary sight for sure. Now, imagine that this sight is a pretty common occurrence. So common an occurrence in fact that not only is there one monster walking through the city, but another just as big creature walking through the city towards the monster. Except this other creature isn’t a creature at all. This other creature is a machine piloted by human citizens of the city. They are on their way to attack and stop this creature from destroying anymore of the city. Not as much scary as it is cool now is it?
All this is the everyday occurrences of the movie Pacific Rim. As the tagline puts it “To fight monsters we created monsters.” An at once terrifying reality and at the same time incredibly cool idea. The way it works is that these pilots go into these giant mechanized monsters called Jaegers and connect with their brains to it in order to pilot it with their body. Of course this means that only people with certain kinds of brains can pilot these machines. The wrong thoughts could endanger both pilots and everyone in the surrounding area. Also, not all of the pilots get along.
For everything to work and these Jaegers to stop the monsters who are attacking the city everyone has to work together and combat this evil. Part of the fun of Pacific Rim is watching the quarrels between the different pilots and seeing if they will ever be able to resolve them. Every pilot thinks they have what it takes to take down the monsters, but only some of them really have it. It’s not hard to see who does and who doesn’t when watching the movie, but for the characters in the movie it isn’t as easy to figure it out.
The characters in the movie must go through battles with the monsters and with each other as they figure out just who is the best of the best and who is truly ready to take on these monsters. These battles may be rough for the characters in the movie, but are very entertaining for the audience. Guillermo Del Toro knows how to direct a solid action scene. He even throws in bits of comedy in places to really make the battles a joy to watch. He also knows how to heighten the excitement in a battle to make every hit really count.
The actors in Pacific Rim are all excellent at playing their roles, even if they are somewhat obvious. Charlie Hunnam is appropriately macho as Raleigh Becket. Idris Elba is good at bossing people around in the role of Stacker Pentecost. Charlie Day is a little humorously nerdy as Dr. Newton Geiszler. So is Burn Gorman as Gottleib. All play their roles as they should be played, however.
Overall, the action is epic, the acting is solid, and even some of the comedy is there to make Pacific Rim a highly entertaining, if a bit predictable, film.