Movie Review – Pacific Rim
The fourth of the five movies I planned on seeing this summer had me a bit torn. The television production major who took a film criticism class in college was not overwhelmed with Pacific Rim. But, the Godzilla fan in me thought Pacific Rim was freakin’ awesome.
Pacific Rim is a pretty straight forward movie on the surface. Sometime in the near future, a rift between dimensions forms at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. From this rift raise the Kaiju that plague the world. In response to these creatures, the countries of the world create the Jaegers, giant robots run my two drivers (the prologue explains why there are two drivers instead of just one). The story picks up with the deployment of Gipsy Danger and its drivers, brothers Yancy and Raleigh Beckett to Alaska to fight another Kaiju.
This battle does not go well.
The movie picks up six years after that fateful battle. The Jaeger program is on the verge of decommission. But, its commander, played by Idris Elba, has a plan to end the war against the Kaiju, and he needs Raleigh Beckett to complete it.
On its surface, Pacific Rim is pretty straight forward: Kaiju versus Jaeger, Monster vs Robot. But, there is more to this movie than just that. Characters are forced to overcome not only the monsters from the depths of the ocean, but the ones from their own minds. Furthermore, they are assisted by two scientists (played by Charlie Day and Burn Gorman), polar opposites who at first seem to be the movie’s comedic relief. But, unlike other movies who would have settled to getting the two scientists argue the virtues of mathematics over biology, the characters actually rise to achieve more than a few laughs.
I did end up watching this in IMAX 3D. The 3D elements worked well for me (I tire of the obvious, “Here’s the pen you need,” gesturing that tends to dominate 3D movies), but I would have enjoyed the movie without the 3D. Regardless of that, I still had a tremendous time watching this movie. Is the dialogue great? Not really, though Elba does have his “St. Crispen’s Day” speech. The acting is pretty decent, too. But, the real stars are the special effects sequences pitting Jaeger against Kaiju in battles that will keep a fan of the original Kaiju movies on the edge of their seat.
If you are a fan of Godzilla movies, or a fan of giant robot anime, you will most likely enjoy this summer roller coaster ride.
- Why I Liked Pacific Rim (kassyapple.wordpress.com)
- Review: Pacific Rim (2013) (monsterzeronj.wordpress.com)
- Pacific Rim (rec45.wordpress.com)