Pacific Rim (2013) – Movie Review
Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam
Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro
8 out of 10
“Pacific Rim” is a movie that should appease any child who grew up watching cartoon in the 80’s and 90’s. This movie is the robot “gundam” action we have all truly been waiting for. It’s a cheesy movie that takes itself seriously and is full of fun robot “mech” action.
The plot of the movie is simple: giant evil monsters called Kaiju are attacking Earth and destroying civilization as we know it. To combat them, the world has joined forces and created Jaegers – giant fighting robots able to fight toe-to-toe with these sea creatures from another world.
What sets this movie apart from other robot movies, such as the terrible Transformers trilogy, is the importance of the movie’s characters. Each Jaeger must be controlled by two pilots – whose brains are linked with the Jaeger’s A.I. in order to control its movements. While the explanation isn’t really important, this drives character conflict and makes for a unique story line.
The movie is also full of humor from the supporting cast: mainly Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Ron Pearlman (“Hellboy”). This is a movie that knows what it is: a cheesy science fiction movie based on Japanese anime. He doesn’t bring whimsy in the fray, or try to wink at the audience so to speak, which brings a refreshing change to the melancholy overly dark summer blockbusters of the past few years.
The action scenes in the movie are great. The fights between the monsters and robots are easy to see and understand what’s happening. My only complaint would be that some of the Kaiju look pretty identical and it would have been refreshing to see some different types of monsters.
Finally, the performance given by Idris Elba in this movie was phenomenal. Elba gives a few speeches in the movie that actually got hair to stand up on my arms. Elba is famous for his performances in “The Wire” and “Luther” and continues to make a case to be the first black James Bond – fingers crossed.
This is a great movie for fans of anime and great action movies. Turn your brain off and don’t ask too many questions and you should have a great time.
“Pacific Rim” is currently showing in Columbus, Ga at the Carmike 13 and 15.