Movie Review: Pacific Rim
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day
Directed By: Guillermo Del Toro
I am a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro. From Pan’s Labyrinth to Hellboy, I think he’s one of the most original and unique directors working today. Unfortunately he takes forever to release a new film. Del Toro is a filmmaker who has about ten projects going on at once, so when one finally does make it to the silver screen, I’m usually one of he first people to hunt it down and see it. With this in mind I knew I would love his latest film, Pacific Rim, but I didn’t realize just how much I’d love it.
Now, I should say this: Pacific Rim isn’t Del Toro’s best film. It is, however, his biggest, and the larger budget he has to work with doesn’t affect his vision at all. Following an attack from inter-dimensional giant monsters called Kaiju, the people of Earth band together to create giant robots called Jaegers to battle them. Piloted by two people whose brains are linked, the Jaegers have defended humanity for close to fifteen years, but are now having their funding cut by a world government that believes they can construct a wall to keep the Kaiju out (SPOILER: they can’t).
Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh is a former Jaeger pilot called back into action, and he’s paired with a rookie partner named Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). Under command from Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba, who gives an awesome pre-final battle speech), they gather the remaining few Jaegers in a last ditch attempt to close the inter-dimensional rift that the Kaiju appear from with a nuclear bomb.
That’s the plot in a nutshell. Yeah, it sounds ridiculous, but the love Del Toro has for classic monster movies is on full display here. Every dollar of his budget goes to the action scenes and little background pieces to sell the world of the film. Sure, the human moments could’ve been fleshed out more, but the pure unbridled joy of seeing a giant robot bash a giant monster in the head with a yacht makes you forget all about that. Honestly, if the movie was all fight scenes, I wouldn’t have cared at all.
Pacific Rim is a ton of fun, and proves that Del Toro can effectively deliver the goods on a blockbuster scale. There’s plenty of awesome things to pore over, and if you’re a fan of old school Godzilla films, you’ll love this. Hell, it even has Ron Perlman in a fantastic role as a black market Kaiju bone dealer. As it stands right now, Pacific Rim is one of my favorite films of the summer, and I hope that it reaches enough of an audience so we can see more of this world.
Verdict: 3 Elbow Rocket Punches out of 4