Pacific Rim, a review
In the near future, giant monsters identified as "Kaiju" have risen from a portal in a crevasse beneath the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a war that takes millions of lives and quickly consumes humanity's resources. To combat the monsters, a special type of weapon is designed: massive robots, known as Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two or three pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge which prevents the mental strain which would overwhelm a single pilot.
As a longtime defender of Michael Bay's Transformers, allow me to say one thing: Eat your heart out, Mr. Bay. There is a new king!
The movie starts with Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) and his brother Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) Beckett, being instructed to suit up to fight a kaiju, designated Category Four in danger and size. They wade out into the Pacific in their Jaeger, Gipsy Danger, with orders to kill the kaiju and save the city, but ignore the small fishing boat that is in the middle of the battle. Raleigh ignores the command, and attempts to save the ship. He and Yancy believe they are victorious, after shooting the kaiju with the plasma gun built into the right arm, and prepare to leave. The kaiju attacks as the Jaeger is turned, ripping off Gipsy Danger's left arm, and causing Raleigh permanent damage. The kaiju then attacks the head, ripping it open and killing Yancy. Raleigh pilots the Jaeger solo, killing the kaiju, but damaging Gipsy Danger in the process. He washes ashore on the Alaskan coast, much to the amazement of a father and son who witness it. Five years later, Major Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), who was in charge of the program, is informed by the UN that the Jaeger program is being decommissioned, and his crew, with all remaining Jaegers, will be shipped to Hong Kong with eight months of funding. In the meantime, they will concentrate efforts to the building of the Wall, a tall structure protecting the Pacific cities from the kaiju. Stacker plans to follow through with the initial Jaeger objective, regardless of the lack of funding. He flies to the Wall, where Raleigh has been working for the past five years.
Pacific Rim's world is simply amazing: Guillermo Del Toro manages to find time between the giant monster battles to create a world full of scientific possibilities, political alliances and Hong Kong black markets.
Oh, in case I forgot about the fights, don't worry. There are fights aplenty. Just because the large scale slows the fights down, doesn't mean it is no more ferocious, vicious and thrilling all the way through. It is an open love letter to the giant monster film. Seriously, if you are a fan of Gundam, Gurren Lagann, Voltron, Transformers or any other giant robot works (come to think of it, I think even Kannazuki no Miko fans will like this), you need to see this film. The monster designs alone put Roland Emmerich's Godzilla to shame.
Pacific Rim is the film to see this summer. Beautiful fight choreography, stunning visuals, a badass soundtrack from Ramin Djawadi, a creative and high thinking world, rich characters and less we forget, giant robots beating the everloving snot out of giant monsters.
Go see this film. It will do you a disservice to do otherwise.
Rating: Full Price!