Pacific Rim is the perfect combination of the things I like about the Transformers movies with an Iron Man twist and Godzilla like creatures from the sea. The fighting robots are awesome and it’s strange that Michael Bay can destroy that theory repeatedly with Transformers. Regardless, this review is about Guillermo del Toro and how he was able to nail the Summer action movie concept. When it comes to blockbuster Summer movies, I am looking for lots of action and special effects.
Writing can take a back seat if the visuals are captivating enough but in Pacific Rim the writing liked the over used action movie lines and scenarios which can drive me nuts when not done well. The “I know you’re out of the game now but we need you back, the world depends on you,” type of lines get old. There has to be a more creative way to do that, or at least don’t make it so glaringly obvious and cliché.
I enjoyed the movie and the cast but it did see light on star power. Charlie Hunnam’s great on Sons of Anarchy and I think he could be a good movie actor as well, but I don’t understand why he was handed the lead action hero role. He just seemed out-of-place to me and he didn’t bomb in this role, I just think they could have casted someone a little better. Idris Elba is a favorite of mine, like many others, from his character in The Wire, so I am happy to see him get more and more good projects. Rinko Kikuchi came out of nowhere for me and I really enjoyed her performance. Not often does the male action hero come with a kick ass female partner. This is a really fun movie and has some solid comedic moments provided by two interesting scientists played by Charlie Day and Burn Gorman. Add in Rob Perlman and it was just hard not to think of Sons of Anarchy while watching. Didn’t hurt the movie and I thought Ron was good in his role as the black market dealer, I just got distracted for a second.
This movie touches on a common theme of 2013, the apocalypse, and again the status of the world is in danger and we must overcome overwhelming odds. Pacific Rim was more fun than any other apocalypse movie of this year and I don’t think it’s close. Check it out!
Rating – B