Movie Reviews: Pacific Rim

I’ve been a little behind on my movie reviews.  What can I say?  July is a busy month.  A brother only gets to celebrate his birthday once a year….now, on to our movie review. Giant robots going toe to toe with giant alien monsters.  This sounds so familiar doesn’t it?  Now where have I heard this before?  Aliens vs Predators?….nope.  Robocop?…..nah.  Ahhh yes.  I remember.  Go go Power Rangers!  I hated that show.  I used to always root for the bad guys because I thought the Rangers were so cheesy and corny.  Oh well, I had to watch it, because it was my baby brother’s favorite.

Pacific Rim mimics The Power Rangers with their manned robotic giants fighting skyscraper sized beasts from beyond.  All in an effort to save the earth from total destruction.  This is pretty much where the similarities end, because this ain’t my baby brother’s Power Rangers.  It’s more like Power Rangers for big kids. The year is around 2020 and the earth is being attacked by giant monsters that have come here not from outer space, but from a mysterious portal that is located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.  These monsters, or Kaiju (Japanese for strange creature), make their way to the shores of Asia, Australia, the United States, and other countries around the globe to wreak havoc on our civilization.  Their one goal is to destroy everything in their path.

Kaiju and Jaegers battle it out to the death.

Kaiju and Jaegers battle it out to the death.

After discovering that our conventional artillery was not enough to combat this new and more powerful foe, we built giant mechanical warriors known as Jaegers.  Standing taller than the highest skyscrapers man has ever built, these machines proved to be a worthy opponent for the coming assault.  Each Jaeger is piloted by two individuals whose minds are bonded together in order to achieve maximum stability and performance from each mech.

As time passed, and humans seemingly began to win this ongoing war, the tables began to turn.  The Kaiju began to come more frequently, and with each new monster came an increased difficulty.  Every time a  foe emerged from the Pacific, the challenge to defeat it became greater.  So now with humanity’s existence seemingly coming to an end, it’s up to the last remaining Jaegers to defend earth at all costs.

Our journey follows the path of a retired Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket, played by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy).  He is recruited to come back to action by the commander of the Jaeger forces  Stacker Pentecost, who is played by Idris Elba.  Becket was, at one time, one of the best Jaeger pilots on the planet which is why Pentecost has recruited him to join his team.

Pacific Rim is an above average action flick.  The fight scenes are beautiful and very entertaining.  The story is solid and relatively engaging.  Where it falters is the delivery by it’s cast.  Aside from Elba,who practically carries this film on his back, the rest of the cast felt like their stories were fillers.  Most of the time I was just waiting for the next fight scene to happen to get me fully invested again.

Verdict:  (7/10) ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠

My suggestion to you is that you either check out the matinee or wait til it comes out on Redbox.  If you do, however, decide to spend a little more cash on this flick, don’t see it in 3-D.  Total waste of time.


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2 thoughts on “Movie Reviews: Pacific Rim

  1. Sean Finlayson says:

    Sounds like a Redbox rental. Thx bro

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