Genre: Action / Sci-Fi
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Diego Klattenhoff, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day
Go big or go extinct
All of human kind has to come together and work for their survival when a portal in the Pacific Ocean opens up for attacks by gigantic monsters called Kaijus emerge from the sea to cause havoc and destruction and take over planet Earth.
The only hope humans now have are their own new specially made weapon, gigantic robots called Jaegers who are controlled simultaneously by two human pilots by locking their minds together and linking themselves into the big robot. The fight between the Jaegers and the Kaiju will decide the faith of planet Earth forever.
Perhaps my most anticipated mainstream film of 2013, and of course it takes me nearly a year to actually see it. The trailer to this film promised a big and fun action film, created by the much popular filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The hope was that this would be a popcorn action film that would suit both the general audience and also those who might be a bit more “cinephile” and look down on the average popcorn movie like The Transformers or other box office smashes.
Expecting anything else than brainless entertainment would be a mistake though since this film is purely about giant robots fighting giant reptile monsters and nothing else. That’s what brought the viewers to the film and that’s what will put smiles on their faces afterwards. The rest of the story and characters are a waste of time and I wish they would have used even less time on it, since they hardly attempted to do much with any of it in the first place.
The action scenes are awesome to watch. If I’m going to say anything negative about them, then it is that they are shot too much at nighttime and almost always out on the sea. I wish that they would have put more of the fights in daytime inside the big cities, as it was those that blew my mind away. If I were to judge the movie on those alone then this would easily be one of the most fun action films of all time…
But sadly there are other aspects to this film, including dull and cliche characters. Charlie Hunnam plays Raleight Becket, the All-American hero who lost his brother while fighting one of the Kaijus. Rinko Kikuchi plays his new partner Mako Mori and Idris Elba plays their boss Stacker Pentecrost. So, we got a white, black and asian character. I guess Hollywood strives to make everyone happy. And we Europeans also gets something to be happy about, we are represented by the comic relief in Gottlieb, a stupid eastern european scientist that works together with another scientist to figure out a way to destroy the monsters. There wasn’t even any reason why they should have had two scientists in this film and with the way these two characters came off, I wish that they have cut them both out of the film altogether.
So yeah, that’s basically Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Awesome action scenes and nothing else. The ten-year old in me loves the film, but the so-called “critic” in me can’t look past all of the stuff that we spend 40-50 minutes of watching terrible characters prepare for battle. The level of enjoyment you will get from this film depends on how much you can ignore that and just enjoy the action. That being said, I’m not surprised that a lot of people love this, a fan made shorter cut would probably bump this up another point for me aswell.