Pacific Rim

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To fight monsters we created monsters.

Epic sci-fi actioner from Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) centering on a battle for Earth between massive monsters that arise from the Pacific Ocean and human-manned robots, created to defeat them. Stars Idris Elba and Charlie Day.

When legions of creatures, known as Kaiju, rose from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives. To combat the Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: huge, manned robots, called Jaegers. On the verge of defeat, the forces protecting mankind 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. The pair are the world's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Del Toro promised at Comic-Con 2011 that the film will feature “the finest f**king monsters ever committed to screen.”

Justifiably proud of a ridiculously awesome premise, Pacific Rim lovingly embraces its blockbuster status, clichés and all - refreshingly without any post-modern nonsense, knowing winks at the audience or ounce of satire. The film does exactly what it says on its ludicrously oversized walking tin: giant robots looking cool while pummelling the crap out of massive monsters. Those expecting a cerebral dimension to Guillermo del Toro’s $200 million action epic may leave a little disappointed, but he revels in the sheer fun of Pacific Rim’s concept and scale in a way that’ll excite and engross those on board with the concept.

Sensory overload is the order of the day, Pacific Rim packing a punch with its bold and bright colour palette, sheer size and mega volume. Yet somehow, as ridiculous as it sounds, there’s an enjoyable subtlety and elegance to how deftly del Toro sets up his world and illustrates the scale of its gladiators inside the film’s opening few minutes.

The fight sequences do get a little same-y, largely set at night and in the ocean – though we glimpse some short sequences elsewhere. The film also arguably peaks pre-climax with the most brilliant neon bombardment of the senses since Enter the Void - two 50 metre combatants spectacularly duking it out in late night downtown Hong Kong.

But for that, it’s hard to believe Pacific Rim has a 131 minute running time, sustaining attention throughout and ripping along with little of the between-set-piece slump common to other blockbusters. And without a single line of dialogue from a villain, a tired retread of a reluctant hero’s journey or wasting any time trying to ground itself in a gritty reality. We all better hope this makes plenty of money, because del Toro just showed Hollywood how a blockbuster should be done.

Empire (UK)

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Del Toro is giving scope to a boyhood lust for mayhem, the multi-million-dollar equivalent of kicking over sandcastles and torturing insects. There is something infectiously juvenile in that.

Guardian (UK)

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Pacific Rim's wafer-thin psychodrama and plot-generator dialogue provides little for the human component to get their teeth into.

Hollywood Reporter

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A better-and-smarter-than-average humans-vs.-monsters spectacular.

Time Out London

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The warmth and idiosyncracy that characterises Del Toro’s finest work, from ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to ‘Hellboy 2’, is absent.

Total Film (UK)

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A huge, CGI-heavy popcorner that still feels personal. Come for the epic monster-on-mecha showdowns, stay for the likeable humans.

Twitch Film (USA)

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As a spectacle free from dogma or expectation, reveling in the simplicity of purpose and beauty of the execution, Pacific Rim is near perfect.

Variety (USA)

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The squarest, clunkiest and certainly loudest movie of director Guillermo del Toro's career, a crushed-metal orgy that plays like an extended 3D episode of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" on very expensive acid.

No Depth in Pacific

Huge potential to be quite a good action sic-fi. Graphically good. Storyline... so so


I don't get it

Maybe it was the hype, maybe I expected too much. Whatever it was, I just don't get it. Machine vs. Monsters - see if you can guess the ending. I'm not knocking this film for what it is - it out Transformers Transformers - but I wanted more from del Toro. Hellboy proves he can blend action with imagination and a decent story. Michael Bay would love it.


Action Sci-Fi Madness!!!

A great cast littered with action stars from the big screen and television. Elba, Day, Hunnam and Perlman come together nicely when under the direction of Guillermo del Toro, once again creating a sci-fi action world that comes to larger than life proportion on the big screen. A great combination of bone crushing action that has you in your seat backing the good guys to a hard fought victory, worth the watch better on the big screen or with serious sound to get lost in the mayhem


Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim delivers as fun popcorn entertainment. Sadly, I couldn't help but feel underwhelmed. What a shame. Guillermo Del Toro is a fantastic visual director. He knows how to make a gorgeous looking movie. The scenes with the Jaegers brawling with the Kaiju monsters are pretty spectacular. It's the human characters where Pacific Rim fails. Raleigh Becket, played by Charlie Hunnam, makes for a generic protagonist with a cliche back story about his brother who dies battling against a Kaiju. Robert Kazinsky plays Chuck Hansen, the a**hole whose a jerk all the time for no reason. Idris Elba was one of the best things about the movie, playing Stacker Pentecost, the commander of the Jaegers forces. One of the more interesting characters is Mako, the director of the Jaeger refurbishment project who gains a special bond with Becket. Also Charlie Day and Ron Perlman's characters were entertaining. Some of the dialogue was cheesy and almost laughable. The problem is that Guillermo Del Toro doesn't work as strongly with american actors as he does with Spanish actors. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad movie. Pacific Rim is a visually dazzling spectacle, it just had the potential to be so much better.


Fantastic! What are you even reading this for, go see it already.

Pacific Rim is a stellar giant robot versus alien monsters film, but don't be fooled! It has an engaging plot and wicked characterization as well. I was particularly impressed by the fact that Mako Mori is a very well rounded female protagonist- not something you see very often in sci-fi action movies!


great music and action

once again alien attacking earth is great movies to watch.


Great action and special effects

I enjoyed this movie,

The trailers is what you get two hours of giant robots battling huge alien monsters to save earth from being overrun and destroyed by these fierce creatures.

CGI and special effects are outstanding acting is ok story line while easy to follow is what you expect from a disaster movie simple and all about the action.


Truely Truely Awful

Well...what can I say. It was an experience! Not one I totally understood and certainly not one I am keen to repeat anytime soon. Plot: incomprehensible / just plain daft; acting: well, could you call it that? In some cases I am not at all sure. It looked good and it was certainly loud (not that that got in the way of me drifting off a couple of times) but unless you are willing to totally disengage brain before entering the cinema I would recommend giving it a miss. Mr Del Toro - what WERE you thinking???


AWESOME

I went into this film with the same expectations as Battle: Los Angles, which were "it's a Friday night, it's an Amercian film so it should be filled with lost of ridiculous stunts and unbelievable BS" and that is exactly what it delivered. The same came of this film. You do need to go into the film with an open mind and can't be too critical of the story line.

The graphics in this film blew my mind!! I thank you The Hobbit. Something good did come out of that film after all lol


A Whirlwind Of Special Effects

These are gigantic robots fighting alien monsters on a massive scale.It is full on with booms,crashes and swinging steel fists.So much so that it becomes a sensory overload.You just have to sit back and take it all in.

No brain is required.