Pacific Rim (2013) Movie Review

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Pacific Rim (2013)

2013 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
131 minutes / 2h 11min

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Pacific Rim Plot Synopsis:

When monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Pacific Rim (2013) Review

Director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Blade II, The Devil’s Backbone) is very talented. I love his movies and love the remarkable job he did with Pacific Rim. I watched most of his movies, enjoying them so much that I needed to watch them a couple times. I felt as if Guillermo was in the mindset of a kid when doing this movie. It was fantastically done for adults and kids. If you can, please watch this in 3D, you won’t regret spending the extra cash.

Pacific Rim is about monsters that are alien-like, named Kaijus. These monsters come up from the Pacific Ocean which makes me believe that is how they got the movie name Pacific Rim. The Kaijus seem to be bigger than Godzilla and their size keeps increasing as more invade Earth. Military officers then enter and steer these giant robots which are called Jaegers to extinguish the Kaijus. Most of the people fighting these Kaijus have lost family members or friends to the Kaijus so they are basically taking revenge. The Jaegers are controlled by 2 pilots whose minds are locked together so they must think alike and be synchronized. The 2 pilots have to control their thought and can have full access to each others’ memories and feelings. With that said, each pilot must stay focused and not get thrown off if the other pilot lets a thought slip through because it can complicate a battle in many ways. They are controlling the Jaegers with their mind so basically they have to let their mind fuse together.

I loved seeing the two robots fighting each other. Pacific Rim had a lot of great scenes.

It was somewhat interesting when the military and scientist had to work together to seal off the portal from the Pacific Ocean that the Kaijus is entering the world from. Pacific Rim made me think of a lot of things - what about if there is actually dangerous alien-like things living, waiting on the right time to open that portal and attack us!!!!!

Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) acting was just pure awesomeness in Pacific Rim. He totally rocked and was the best actor in this movie. Idris played Stacker Pentecost. Stacker made a promise to himself to figure out a way to kill/destroy the Kaiju after he lost his only family member, his sister to the Kaiju in battle. He had such a huge role in this movie. I felt most of his emotions in Pacific Rim and his need to protect the world and those close to him. I would definitely see this movie again and again.

Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam - Deadfall, The Ledge, Children of Men) gave up robot piloting after his brother and partner died fighting a monster. He then resorted to coastal wall-building but soon had to give that up because Stacker convinced him to join his team. Raleigh forms a bond with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi - The Warped Forest, At River’s Edge, Norwegian Wood) after they were teamed up as co-pilots. They had a sister/brother bond and that very bond made Raliegh realize that his loss of his brother cannot be replaced but can be replicated with Mako. Mako lost her parents when monsters attacked Tokyo several years ago. Stacker adopted her and raised her making him very protective over her.

The CGI action effects was amazing. The robots, aliens, background surrounding area, and all other aspect of the movie came together very well. Nicely done director Guillermo.

Cons: The robots are very similar to that of Power Rangers. Most of the movie took place in a dark setting environment which strays away from the average human eyes that cannot see very well in the dark. I did not like the amount of rain in the movie either but hey, you cannot like every single detail about a movie now, can you?

  • Pacific Rim Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.24
  • IMDB: 6.9
  • MetaCritic: 6.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.1

About Pacific Rim 2013

Title: Pacific Rim
Year: 2013
Runtime: 131 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.62/5 stars from 433,874 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 433,874
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Pacific Rim Cast Starring: Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, Clifton Collins Jr., Matthew G. Taylor, Kayla Bechor, Joshua Peace, Santiago Segura, Joe Pingue, David Fox, David Richmond-Peck, Robert Maillet, Max Martini, Derek Herd, Mark Baldesarra, J.C. Kenny, Brad William Henke, Robin Thomas Grossman, Charlie Hunnam, Julian Barnes, Diego Klattenhoff, Peter Hewitt, Heather Doerksen, Robin Thomas, Bonnie Siu, Peter Kosaka, Daniella Evangelista, Cindy Sit, Brian Frank, Scott Martin Gershin, Joe Vercillo
Pacific Rim Writers: Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro
Pacific Rim Director: Guillermo del Toro
Box Office: $101,785,482
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Language: English, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin
Country: USA