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Pacific Rim (2013)

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  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 12 July 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 131 min
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Pacific Rim (2013)

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  • IMDb page: Pacific Rim (2013)
  • Rate: 7.9/10 total 43,609 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 12 July 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 131 min
  • Filming Location: Pinewood Toronto Studios, Port Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Budget: $180,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $68,235,000 (USA) (19 July 2013)
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Ramin Djawadi   
  • Soundtrack: Drift
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS | Dolby Atmos | Dolby Surround 7.1
  • Plot Keyword: Kaiju | Pilot | Apocalypse | Robot | Sea

Writing Credits By:

  • Travis Beacham (screenplay) &
  • Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)
  • Travis Beacham (story)

Known Trivia

  • Tom Cruise was considered for a role, but in the end, Idris Elba was cast.
  • The computer is voiced by Ellen McLain who also voiced GLaDOS, the AI from Portal and Portal 2. This is in fact a cameo by GLaDOS, as Guillermo del Toro was such a fan of the games that he approached the game’s developers, Valve, who approved. Del Toro said in an interview for the Toronto Sun: “”I wanted very much to have her, because I’m a big Portal fan. But just as a wink. She’s not cake-obsessed. She’s not out to destroy humanity.” He further explained: “Look, there’s no A.I. I’d rather have than GlaDOS, but McLain’s voice in the movie, due in theaters July 12, has been modulated a bit to be less similar to the distinctive tone of Portal’s unforgettable antagonist. The filter we’re using is slightly less GLaDOS. Slightly. The one in the trailer I wanted to be full-on GlaDOS.”
  • The first Guillermo del Toro film to feature Ron Perlman as a human character since Cronos. Guillermo del Toro’s other films with Ron Perlman feature him as a non-human character.
  • Travis Beacham, the screenwriter, got the idea for the movie while walking along the California coastline on a foggy morning. The shape of the pier looked like a creature rising from the water, and he imagined a large robot waiting on the shore to battle it.
  • Guillermo del Toro was inspired by the anime and tokusatsu (special-effects TV series and films) of his youth. He specifically cites Tetsujin nijûhachi-go as a major influence. Despite this, he wanted to avoid referencing other works of fiction in the design of the robots and monsters.
  • “Jaeger” is the German word for hunter.
  • “Kaiju” is a Japanese word that literally translates to ‘strange beast.’ It is usually used to refer to giant monsters from Japanese science fiction films, such as Gojira.
  • A life-sized version of the robot cockpit was built on a soundstage at Pinewood Studios in Toronto. It weighed about 20 tons, and stood nearly four stories high. It was built on a gigantic hydraulic gimbal, which would move, shake, vibrate, drop, and rock the entire set as if it were actually being piloted. A smaller version was also built with a smaller gimbal, allowing for different movements. The VFX team used some of the Conn-pod footage for reference while animating the robots. The set was also redressed to depict the interior of each robot differently.
  • Gipsy Danger is painted and detailed to resemble a World War II fighter plane. There is nose art on its chest.
  • Guillermo del Toro drew inspiration from paintings, including Francisco Goya’s “The Colossus” and Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.”

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When the helicopter lands in front of Mako near the beginning of the film, her umbrella is unaffected by the wind.

Plot: As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. Full summary »  »

Story: When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to 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. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Written byDel Torro

Synopsis

Synopsis: The film begins in 2013. Deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, a fissure opens up, that leads to another dimension. Through the fissure, a giant monster appears, and destroys portions of San Francisco. After many days and countless lives, the creature is defeated.

However, what seemed to be an isolated attack, builds, as more creatures begin to come through the fissure, attacking coastal cities around the Pacific. The World unites to stop the invaders, and build The Jaeger Program: a series of giant mechanical ‘monsters,’ intended to stop the creatures.

Original tests to have one pilot per Jaeger proves unsuccessful, as the test subjects were not able to handle the stress and strain. It was then decided that each Jaeger would be piloted by two people, their memories linked together in The Drift, synchronizing their movements to pilot the massive machines.

As the Jaegers go to work, they begin to turn the tides, and take down the creatures (known as Kaiju). Pretty soon, the world is enthralled by the Jaegers and their pilots. They become celebrities, and even have merchandise made. As well, the dead Kaiju are soon seen as a black-market commodity, their parts sold off for various collections and medicinal purposes.

But just as the battle seems to be turning, the Kaiju’s attacks become more brutal.

7 years after the fissure opened up, one of the more famous Jaeger duos, is Raleigh Beckett (Charlie Hunnam), and his older brother, Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff). Pilots of the Jaeger named "Gypsy Danger," they are sent off to stop a Kaiju heading towards Anchorage. Though the information on their monitors shows a fishing boat in the path of the attack, the Becketts are told to protect Anchorage.

Even so, they disobey orders, and still save the fishing boat, but end up being brutally attacked by the Kaiju, which rips off the Jaeger’s left arm, and tears away a chunk of the vehicle’s helmet, sending Yancy to his death.

After the attack, Raleigh leaves the Jaeger Program, and goes to find work wherever he can. 7 years later, he finds work along the Western coast of the United States, helping build a giant wall that is meant to keep the Kaiju out.

In the 7 years since Raleigh was with the Jaeger program, numerous countries have called for the program to be terminated. Many assume that building the walls will make them safe, but the head of the program named Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), claims that the World’s Leaders are making a terrible mistake.

Even though Pentecost claims the program is still viable, it is relocated to Hong Kong, and given 8 months of funding, before the program will be retired.

Back on the West Coast, Raleigh continues to work on the wall, when television reports that a Jaeger has broken through the one surrounding Sydney Harbor in Australia. Luckily, a Jaeger named Striker Eureka is able to take it down.

After seeing the news report, Raleigh is surprised when a Helicopter lands near his building area, with Pentecost requesting he come along.

Raleigh is then flown to the Hong Kong Base (known as ‘The Shatterdome’), where he meets Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). Mako tells Raleigh that she has studied his moves during his years in action, and how to be a Jaeger pilot, Raleigh note she seems apprehensive.

Pentecost also introduces Raleigh to two scientist under their command. One of them named Dr Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day), is an obsessive ‘Kaiju Fanboy,’ who studies the creatures through salvaged organs and other parts. The other is Dr Gottlieb (Burn Gorman), who is a more ‘practical’ man, and is using his mathematical skills to try and pinpoint the frequency of creatures coming through the ocean rift.

Within the Shatterdome, the last remaining Jaegers and their crews have been assembled: The Crimson Typhoon (from China), Cherno Alpha (from the Ukraine), Striker Eureka (fresh from its stint in Australia), and (to Raleigh’s surprise) The Gypsy Danger. However, since her encounter 7 years ago, she has been rebuilt and retrofitted for combat.

Raleigh questions Pentecost on just what their plan is. Pentecost explains that are formulating a plan to drop a nuclear weapon into the channel between dimensions. If it works, the channel will be destroyed, stopping any further Kaiju from coming through.

Pentecost soon after meets again with Geiszler and Gottlieb. Gottlieb predicts that mathematically, the number of Kaiju coming up through the rift is increasing. Geiszler meanwhile, wonders if they can learn more about the Kaiju, if they are able to ‘Drift’ with its brain. Having a portion of one, he is eager to test his theory, but is denied by Pentecost.

Without his brother, Raleigh is tasked with helping to find a replacement. However, during a training and reflex exercise, Raleigh is a little incensed when Mako keeps calling him out regarding the number of moves to take down his opponent. Inquiring why she is being so vocal, she responds that he could have taken down his opponents with a shorter amount of moves. After winning approval from Pentecost, Raleigh spars with her, and is amazed at her prowess. He proclaims that she should help him co-pilot Gypsy Danger, but Pentecost refuses.

Eventually, another pilot is chosen for Raleigh, but at the last minute, Mako is given permission. A test-run of Gypsy Danger within the Shatterdome appears to be going well, until during the Drift session, Mako gets locked into a tragic memory, and almost sets off the Jaeger’s plasma cannon within the dome.

After this, Raleigh understands more about Mako and Pentecost. When Mako was a child, she lost her family to a Kaiju attack in Japan. Just when it seemed the creature was going to kill her, a Jaeger was deployed, that stopped it. The pilot of the Jaeger was none other than Pentecost who is revealed to be able to pilot a Jaeger by himself. Even with her becoming unfocused in the Drift, Raleigh still wants Mako as his partner, but is again rebuffed by Pentecost.

Meanwhile, Dr Geiszler has hooked up a crude connection machine, and hooks into the Kaiju brain in his lab. After Gottlieb shuts it down , Geiszler reports to Pentecost and his men that the link allowed him a glimpse into the other side of the portal. Geiszler had theorized that based on some Kaiju samples, that what they were seeing coming through were cloned creatures, and his ‘Drift’ vision appears to corroborate this. Unfortunately, the Kaiju brain has been damaged, and Geiszler needs a new one in order to learn more. Pentecost gives him a small card, and sends him to Hong Kong, to look for a man named Hannibal Chau.

Geiszler heads to Hong Kong, where he finds Chau, who is actually an American going under a created name. Geiszler bats around Chau’s arrogance and questioning demeanor, until he mentions how he ‘Drifted’ with a Kaiju brain, leading Chau to question that if he connected to the other side, what’s to say those on the other side, don’t know what he now knows?

Shortly after this, two Category 4 Kaijus surface near Hong Kong. Pentecost sends out the Crimson Typhoon and the Cherno Alpha to fight the creatures, with Striker Eureka to protect the City’s coastline.

Just as discussion had seemed to point to the Kaiju becoming more dangerous, the two that have emerged come with extra accoutrements. One contains a pouch containing acid, that melts away at the Typhoon’s armor, before they are eventually destroyed. Cherno Alpha’s crew take her into the fight, but she is soon overwhelmed by the two.

The Father/Son team piloting Striker Eureka abandon their orders to protect Hong Kong, and go at the creatures. However, the other Kaiju lets loose a EMP burst, that disables Striker Eureka, and the equipment in the Shatterdome. With 2 hours til’ the system can be rebooted, Striker Eureka is dead in the water until Raleigh gives a solution: though the newer models of Jaeger are digital, the Gypsy Danger is analog.

Pentecost sends out Raleigh and Mako, who end up destroying the EMP-bursting Kaiju, but the other one ends up heading into Hong Kong.

While Chau and his associates have fled to their bunker, Dr Geiszler has been pushed out into the streets, and into a fallout shelter. However, when it sounds like the creature has settled directly over them, he begins to panic that Chau may have been right, and that it may be looking for him. As if to answer that, the ceiling caves in, and the Kaiju attempts to reach him.

Just then, Gypsy Danger appears, and distracts the Kaiju. The battle goes through many buildings, but takes a turn when the creature suddenly sprouts wings, and begins to carry the Jaeger out of the atmosphere. Utilizing the Jaeger’s chain-sword, they manage to destroy it, before plummeting back to Earth.

Raleigh and Mako return to the Shatterdome to cheers, as the pilots of the Striker Eureka also voice their thanks and appreciation. During the jubilation, Raleigh notes Pentecost bleeding slightly from both nostrils. In private, Pentecost explains how in the earlier days of the Jaeger program, shielding from nuclear contaminants had not been considered, and that his condition has been worsening over time.

Meanwhile, Geiszler has returned to Chau, and demands claim over the dead Kaiju’s brain. Chau’s men attempt to get to it, but find that the Kaiju is actually pregnant. Just then, an infant Kaiju breaks through a slit in the side of its Mother, and attempts to escape. Chau is not successful in escaping, as it gulps him down, before strangling itself on its own umbilical cord.

Dr Gottlieb soon shows up in Hong Kong with Geiszler’s machine, and though the first attempt almost killed him, Gottlieb volunteers to ‘Drift’ with the other scientist, to cooperate in learning more through the infant Kaiju’s brain.

Plans are soon made to set up the Gypsy Danger and Striker Eureka to deliver the Warhead to the rift, but due to the son of Striker Alpha’s team having sustained an injury to his arm, a replacement must be found. Pentecost surprises everyone when he takes the role.

As the two Jaegers near the rift, Geiszler and Gottlieb rush into the Shatterdome’s control room, and explain that the plan will not work. The channel between dimensions will only allow in a Kaiju. If they attempt to drop the Warhead into the channel, it’ll just deflect out.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Callum Greene known as executive producer
  • Jon Jashni known as producer
  • Mary Parent known as producer
  • Jillian Share Zaks known as co-producer
  • Thomas Tull known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Charlie Hunnam known as Raleigh Becket
  • Diego Klattenhoff known as Yancy Becket
  • Idris Elba known as Stacker Pentecost
  • Rinko Kikuchi known as Mako Mori
  • Charlie Day known as Dr. Newton Geiszler
  • Burn Gorman known as Gottlieb
  • Max Martini known as Herc Hansen
  • Robert Kazinsky known as Chuck Hansen
  • Clifton Collins Jr. known as Ops Tendo Choi
  • Ron Perlman known as Hannibal Chau
  • Brad William Henke known as Construction Foreman
  • Larry Joe Campbell known as Construction Worker
  • Mana Ashida known as Young Mako
  • Santiago Segura known as Wizened Man
  • Joe Pingue known as Captain Merrit
  • Milton Barnes known as McTighe
  • Brian Frank known as 1st Officer
  • Ellen McLain known as Gipsy Danger AI (voice)
  • David Fox known as Old Man on Beach
  • Jake Goodman known as Child
  • Robin Thomas known as American UN Representative
  • Julian Barnes known as British UN Representative
  • David Richmond-Peck known as Canadian UN Representative
  • Charles Luu known as Wei Tang Triplet
  • Lance Luu known as Wei Tang Triplet
  • Mark Luu known as Wei Tang Triplet
  • Robert Maillet known as Lt. S. Kaidanovsky
  • Heather Doerksen known as Lt. A. Kaidanovsky
  • Joshua Peace known as Officer
  • Sebastian Pigott known as Engineer
  • Victoria Marie known as Chinese Girl in Anti-Kaiju Refugee
  • Roger Wong known as Man in Anti-Kaiju Refugee
  • J.C. Kenny known as TV Reporter
  • Jane Watson known as Raleigh and Yancy's Mom
  • Robert Morse known as Raleigh and Yancy's Dad
  • Paul Michael Wyers known as Young Raleigh (as Paul Wyers)
  • Tyler Stevenson known as Young Yancy
  • Mike Chute known as Saltchuck Crew
  • Duncan McLeod known as Saltchuck Crew
  • Louis Paquette known as Saltchuck Crew
  • Matthew G. Taylor known as UN Representative
  • Terry Belleville known as UN Representative
  • Frank Nakashima known as UN Representative
  • Farzad Sadrian known as UN Representative
  • Mishu Vellani known as UN Representative
  • Clive Walton known as UN Representative
  • Peter Kosaka known as Young Mako's Father
  • Yiren Stark known as Young Mako's Mother
  • Hubert Tran known as Asian Boy
  • Trek Buccino known as Young Newt
  • Drew Adkins known as Young Gottlieb
  • Kelvin Lum known as Hannibal Chau Thug
  • Soo David Chum Ling known as Hannibal Chau Thug
  • Randy Lee known as Hannibal Chau Thug
  • Jung-Yul Kim known as Hannibal Chau Thug
  • Kaelyn Wong known as Hannibal Chau Thug
  • Mark Baldesarra known as Construction Worker (uncredited)
  • Timothy Gibbs known as Marine (uncredited)
  • Derek Herd known as Construction Worker (uncredited)
  • Phi Huynh known as Mechanic (uncredited)
  • Justin Major known as Marine (uncredited)
  • Sunil Narkar known as Journalist (uncredited)
  • Don Shirey known as News Anchor (uncredited)
  • Cindy Sit known as Mechanic (uncredited)
  • Bonnie Siu known as Locen Tech (uncredited)
  • Alan Tang known as Cadet #2 (uncredited)
  • Joe Vercillo known as Marine (uncredited)
  • Neil Whitely known as UN Rep #8 (uncredited)
  • Emerson Wong known as Cadet #3 (uncredited)
  • William S. Wong known as Engineer (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Nicola Bendrey known as creature effects crew
  • Damon Bishop known as creature effects artist
  • Chris Bridges known as creature effects artist
  • Adrian Burnett known as creature effects artist
  • Stacey Butterworth known as wig maker
  • Kevin Carter known as special effects contact lenses
  • Graham Chivers known as creature effects artist
  • Allan Cooke known as creature effects artist
  • François Dagenais known as creature effects supervisor
  • Steven Dawley known as creature effects crew
  • Jeff Derushie known as creature effects crew
  • Jason Detheridge known as creature effects supervisor
  • Mike Elizalde known as creature effects
  • Paul R.J. Elliot known as hair department head
  • Devon Ellis known as creature effects crew
  • Verity Fiction known as additional makeup artist
  • Cliona Furey known as hair coordinator: crowd
  • Jonathan Graham known as creature effects crew
  • Kevin Hutchinson known as creature effects crew
  • Patricia Keighran known as key makeup artist
  • Zane Knisely known as creature effects artist
  • Steven Kostanski known as creature effects artist
  • A.J. Lee known as creature effects artist
  • Steve Newburn known as creature effects supervisor
  • Koji Ohmura known as additional makeup artist
  • Katelynn Pasquino known as creature effects crew
  • Colin Penman known as key makeup artist
  • Ryan Reed known as personal hair stylist
  • Jordan Samuel known as makeup dept head
  • Sean Sansom known as creature effects supervisor
  • Natalie Scocchia known as creature effects crew
  • Tenille Shockey known as creature effects crew
  • Sondra Treilhard known as key hair stylist
  • Arjen Tuiten known as special makeup effects artist
  • Anthony Veilleux known as creature effects crew

Art Department:

  • Darleen Abbott known as construction office coordinator
  • Barbara Agbaje known as second assistant art director
  • John Bannister known as key scenic artist
  • Wayne D. Barlowe known as head creature designer
  • Luke James Belderes known as concept artist
  • David Best known as assistant art director
  • Peter Bodnarus known as assistant art director
  • Joseph Bower known as head painter
  • Rudy Braun known as set designer
  • Carlos Caneca known as leadman
  • William Cheng known as set designer
  • Brian Cranstone known as on set carpenter
  • Joelle Craven known as graphic designer
  • Guy Davis known as concept artist
  • Taku Dazai known as speciality props
  • TyRuben Ellingson known as conceptual designer
  • Henry Fong known as concept artist
  • David G. Fremlin known as set designer
  • Vladislav Fyodorov known as set designer
  • Humberto Garcia known as set designer
  • Harold Gay known as second assistant art director
  • Christopher Geggie known as property master
  • Jeremy Gillespie known as graphic designer
  • Jonathan Graham known as scenic artist
  • Kevin Haeberlin known as leadman
  • J. Ryan Halpenny known as assistant art director
  • Frank Hong known as illustrator
  • Alexandra Hooper known as set decoration buyer
  • Jon Hunter known as graphic designer
  • Brandon Johnson known as logo designer
  • Jay Kirk known as assistant head painter
  • Walter Klassen known as speciality props
  • Stefany Koutroumpis known as assistant art director
  • Itsuko Kurono known as first assistant art director
  • Aaron Lam known as concept designer
  • Patricia Larman known as lead
  • Simon Lee known as concept designer
  • Yasmyn Lee known as second assistant art director
  • Peter Legault known as carpenter
  • Kevin Lise known as assistant property master
  • John Mackenzie known as construction consultant
  • Sang Maier known as props assistant
  • Rob McCallum known as storyboard artist
  • Kari Measham known as prop buyer
  • David Meng known as concept artist
  • Matt Middleton known as set designer
  • Brad Milburn known as set designer
  • Raúl Monge known as concept artist
  • Clara Moon known as concept artist
  • John Moran known as graphic designer
  • Steve Newburn known as props
  • Timothy Peel known as graphic artist
  • Sorin Popescu known as set designer
  • Vicki Pui known as illustrator
  • Carlos Salgado known as concept artist
  • Stephen Schirle known as concept artist
  • Corinna Schmitt-Porsia known as assistant art director
  • Jaclyn Shoub known as set decoration buyer
  • Jeff Smith known as second assistant art director
  • Jonathon Stanton known as set dresser
  • Johann Joseph Tebrake known as carpenter
  • Katy Thatcher known as trainee art director
  • Keith Thompson known as concept artist
  • Andra Totirescu known as set designer
  • Francisco Ruiz Velasco known as lead concept artist
  • Sean Vizsy known as art p.a.
  • Evan Webber known as set designer
  • Simon Webber known as concept artist
  • Allen Williams known as concept artist
  • Toni Wong known as set dresser
  • Dave Wood known as assistant art director
  • Jing Zheng known as concept artist
  • Melissa K. Nicoll known as scenic artist (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. (as Warner Bros. Pictures) (presents)
  • Legendary Pictures (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • Canada Film Capital  tax incentive consulting services
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Imaginary Forces  main and end titles
  • Legendary Pictures  funding
  • Oakville Divers  dive equipment supply and service
  • Pinewood Toronto Studios  stages
  • SIM Digital / Bling Digital  camera equipment provided by
  • SIM Digital / Bling Digital  digital dailies
  • SIM Digital / Bling Digital  off-line editing services
  • Shotz Fiction Film  production services: Germany (plate shots)
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging  digital intermediate services
  • William F. White International  grip and lighting equipment

Distributors:

  • Cinematográfica Blancica (CB) (2013) (Venezuela) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2013) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Manfer Films (2013) (Bolivia) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2013) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (France) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (USA) (theatrical)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Ghost VFX (visual effects)
  • Hybride Technologies (visual effects)
  • Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
  • Legacy Effects
  • Mr. X (previsualization)
  • Rodeo FX (visual effects)
  • Spectral Motion (creature designs)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. Blair McMillan from Australia
    22 Jul 2013, 2:20 pm

    Within the opening 15 or so minutes Charlie Hunnam's voice-overestablishes the reality of a future where monsters (the Kaiju)repeatedly invade earth, to stem this humans have created giant robots(Jaegers) to combat them in increasingly badass iterations. Thisopening does a great job in conveying the scope of a film which is big,not just regular big, but like, Jason Biggs in 1999 bigg. entering thecinema from a world where these events rarely occur is initially a lotto throw at the audience, but it's handled so effectively and withouttongue in cheek that it quickly becomes a world I had a blastexperiencing. Maybe it was the incredible effects shots of robotrelated destruction used as a throwaway shots, but what I think reallysold the opening sequence and the film as a whole is the enthusiasm DelToro clearly has for the story he's telling.

    The cast is essentially a rogues gallery of TV's better dramas playingvariations on roles they've nailed in the past (see: Elba, Hunnam andKlattenhoff) and some inspired casting of It's Always Sunny's CharlieDay who, as should be expected provides some effective comedic relief.Added onto this the score comes courtesy of Ramin Djawadi who'smasterful use of themes on Game of Thrones is carried over to this filmfor some great emotional cues and many a rad motif courtesy of TomMorello on guitar.

    It's appropriate Del Toro has a Frankenstein adaptation lined up as afollow up project as Pacific Rim can at times can feel stitchedtogether from all the sources of inspiration the film has. This comesfrom many areas such as Japanese manga, the personalities of the actorsfrom previous films and the imagery of robots destroying buildingswhich transformers ran into the ground. But Del Toro succeeds time andtime again at allowing these disparate elements to fit togetherbelievably by way of some very confident filmmaking. I could easilytake issue with the oft hammy dialogue and macho relationships butwhere the film succeeds in other areas and revels in creativity trumpsthe dissatisfaction one could take from these scenes. I also foundHunnams character a tad lacking in charisma and internal conflict butwhatever, it's not the end of the world. Oh wait, yes it is hahahaha…

    The films successes go beyond its imagery and continued inventionwithin battle scenes as the script is very economical when it comes topacing. The films battle scenes are so engaging and exciting due toclearly established stakes present which left me devoid of the "actionfatigue" transformers loves to throw my way. And although the Kaijubattles seem to never be in short supply, the film essentially followsthe rule of three when it comes to battle sequences and left me oh sosatisfied.

    In conclusion, I give it points for being one of the funner summerblockbusters in recent memory, for being an original property and forits sheer tenacity to exist which all amount to what is just a darngood time at the movies.

  2. Big_D_Box_Office_Score from United States
    22 Jul 2013, 2:20 pm

    I literally could not stop myself from writing this review. There'sjust so much to talk about, I don't know where to begin…but let'sjust get this out of the way…

    PACIFIC RIM IS A 5 OUT OF FREAKIN' 5.

    Guillermo Del Toro, you deserve a standing ovation. From an unbiased,stand-alone movie point of view, this film does an incredible job ofbeing exciting from beginning to end, while still developing an awesomeback story and character depth.

    Charlie Hunnan (of Sons of Anarchy fame) solidifies himself as a good,respectable action movie star, but Idris Elba CRUSHES his role, andsteals every scene he's in. Solid acting all-around, much better thanwhat you might expect from an action movie like this.

    THE ACTION IS TOP-OF-THE-LINE. What is there to compare thisto…Transformers? Transformers WISHES IT COULD HOLD A CANDLE TOPACIFIC RIM WHEN IT COMES TO EPIC-CGI-ACTION SEQUENCES. Every hit,every explosion, every gut-wrenching Kaiju kill is a work of art. A newgold standard has been set.

    VISUALS AND GRAPHICS ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD. THIS MOVIE DESERVES THEIMAX 3D TREATMENT. THIS MOVIE DESERVES TO BE PART OF YOUR BLU-RAYCOLLECTION. THIS MOVIE DESERVES TO BE VIEWED ON 9 BIG-SCREEN TVSSTACKED ON YOUR LIVING ROOM WALL. Do not cheat yourself by simply doing2D on this one.

    OK, now the nerd-out part of this review. If you are a nerd in any way,shape or form, then this movie is for you. And if you're an anime nerd,then this is your favorite movie ever. EVER.

    The inspirations from and references to Godzilla are obvious, butyou're very likely to notice influences from several different sources.Anime fan? Then I dare you to not see the nods to Big O, Neon GenesisEvangelion, Gundam, or even Gurren Lagaan. That female computer voicesound familiar? Maybe that's because it's the voice actress of GLaDoS,from the motherf*cking Portal games. Your inner nerd won't know what tofreak out over more.

    5 out of 5, gold star, thumbs up, A++, 100%, NOW STOP READING THIS ANDGO SEE IT!!!

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  3. filmaholic33 from Australia
    22 Jul 2013, 2:20 pm

    I have been following this movie for a while now. Largely because ofthe two main actors Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba and I have to say Iwas not disappointed at all. Watched it in 3D (I have always strayedaway from 3D before because I just didn't think it was worth spendingthe extra cash) but this time I do not regret my choice at all. It wasa visual feast.

    Action was on point. The story flowed well (this is a blockbuster afterall, we aren't going to compare it to an art house film). For me theactors embraced their roles very well and the visuals were magnificent(thank god once again for the 3D). Everything just felt right!

    Being familiar with Guillermo's past work I would say this is his bestyet. His imagination is wicked. So if you are looking for greatentertainment and a little something to wow you, this is the movie foryou.

    Bravo. Two thumbs up.

  4. swp_1988 from New Zealand
    22 Jul 2013, 2:20 pm

    We all carry a great sense of wonder. It seems to hide away as we getolder, but was always strong and persistent when we were children. Wecould sit down and really make something out of nothing physical, ortip our toy-box all over the floor and just go mad. Pacific Rim isGuillermo Del Toro at his most unleashed. He's been given the toys forhis sandpit and has gone completely bonkers, but he has also created asense of wonder from completely nothing.

    The plot is simple. Kaiju (monsters) from another dimension breakthrough to ours and wage war on the planet and us humans must do whatwe can to stop them. So we build giant machines called Jaegers. Generalaudiences are doing the worst thing by comparing this to Transformersor Battleship simply because of some simple image traits. Well I'm hereto tell you that you're way off and also working comparisons in thewrong league. Del Toro has crafted an insane amalgamation of Sci-Fi,old-school thrills, special effects and brilliantly entertaining setpieces that all meld together in beautiful harmony, with just enoughsatisfying human moments and arcs that carry a nice balance of emotionand camp. It all blends well with the loopiness of it all. ItsGuillermo Del Toro's trademarks turned up to 11, all while going nutsand having fun with his toys.

    There's just so much to love, that not even some minor pacing problemsor a couple of sub-par performances can destroy the experience. Mainlyits in the lesser background characters, but for me I'd say thatCharlie Hunnam doesn't quite shine in the lead. He's certainly morethan commendable, but he just doesn't break out here. Idris Elba stealsthe spotlight with a look and a bellowed delivery and its amusing towatch and Rinko Kikuchi has such an incredible skill with her mannerismand in her eyes, that's its a shock that she isn't in more films. RonPerlman comes and goes and works his usual incredible moments.

    Pacific Rim is triumphant above the rest of the blockbuster herd. Itknows what is missing from the norm and just goes crazy with it. Its abig, giant load of awesome fun. Prepare your jaw muscles, becauseyou'll be smiling throughout.

    (Hint: Stay a couple of minutes into the end credits for an awesomeadditional scene)

  5. Mek Torres from Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines
    22 Jul 2013, 2:20 pm

    Pacific Rim takes inspiration from the elements of any material thatinvolves giant creatures and robots. It shows a simple concept aboutpiloted robots, Jaegers, fighting against sea aliens, Kaijus. This ideaalone would already make a fantastic blockbuster. The surprise we getis it features more than just endless explosions. There are plenty ofinnovations to root for which it can almost be a new popular classic.The only less intriguing parts however are the clichés that are tooknown in many big sci-fi action movies. Despite of that, it kept thepromise of being gigantically awesome. It's not completelygroundbreaking, but it's still quite an experience.

    Aside from the large scale battles, the film amazingly creates aninnovating futuristic alternate universe. It tells the origins of theKaijus and how the Jaegers work, shows what society and the media havebecome, and throw some satires of the genre. The exploration of thevision is so absorbing, it feels like you went to it as a trip. Butwhat somewhat halts this from being larger than life is when it takesthe generic elements of any typical blockbuster, like the hero'smotivations, the main robot is somehow an underdog in one scene,there's an arrogant team member, sacrifices, and so on. It's hard tonot notice them since they are the central points of the story. Theintriguing stuff about the Jaegers and Kaijus still took over theexperience. At least it embraces its own fantasy tastes without being"dark" and emo like today's blockbuster trend.

    Charlie Hunnam's performance is fitting to a graphic novel based movie,which is kind of appropriate as his role. In the battle scenes, hegives genuine human emotions as he punches and fall. Idris Elbaremarkably brings heart to the picture while being awesome at the sametime. Rinko Kikuchi makes her character more than just a partner ofRaleigh. Charlie Day and Burn Gorman delightfully serves more energy tothe story, while Ron Perlman appears in a short screen time butsatisfying enough.

    Now the real highlight of the picture, the visuals are overall shinyand snazzy. The designs of the creatures and robots are palpablymarvelous. As the special effects move these heavy giants, the actiondid something better than just blowing up stuff. Although explosionsand loud noises are not actually flaws(It's about giant robots,c'mon!), but a real good set piece needs a decent and genuinefortitude. In the midst of the noises, you will always get the sense ofdanger to the Jaegers, mostly because there are human pilots beneaththe ravaging machines. It effectively made those sequences electrifyingand the monsters terrifying than you would expect.

    Pacific Rim will have its own fans. It feels like a self-indulgedblockbuster that people will end up loving. Besides, this film is saidto be Guillermo del Toro's dream come true coming from his childhood.And seeing all that, there's plenty of things to explore and to beintrigued. If only the plot can break some points from the mainstreamstorytelling, it would have been less predictable and muchextraordinary. But physically, it is extraordinary. It's both big andeye candy which is the snazziest merit you will see. Also in the actionscenes where it's more into the thrills than the fireworks, becauseit's all about iron fists hitting on monsters' face. Again, the storymay be familiar, but the setting and the action keeps everything looksfresh and amazing.

  6. bradleyjm from Canberra, Australia
    22 Jul 2013, 2:20 pm

    10/10. This is an absolutely magnificent movie! I have seen hundreds offilms and this movie is only the 6th that I have awarded a 10/10 to.All this year, I had been anticipating the release of Snyder's Man ofSteel, with Pacific Rim coming in at a distant 2nd for my "MostAnticipated of 2013" list. Not only was this movie better than Man ofSteel, but I am now prepared to say it is one of my favourite movies ofall time! Not being impressed by Del Toro's Hellboy, I was a bitanxious when he was directing a movie about giant robots fightingaliens, but my fears were aside with an impressive first trailer. Eversince its release, I have always considered Transformers: Dark of theMoon to contain the best action in any movie (say what you will aboutMichael Bay), but that has now been figuratively shat on by Del Toroproving that there is a healthy middle- ground between heart-pumping"mindless" action and the making of a great movie. Giant robotsfighting enormous aliens – it's not just for meth-heads anymore…Incredible film!

  7. tinjo23 from Australia
    22 Jul 2013, 2:20 pm

    I was so excited to finally see Pacific Rim. An ambitious idea, carriedwith big-budget effects, brought to you by master director Guillermodel Toro. I was pumped. I was hoping for brilliance, something to trulygive other blockbusters a run for their money. The result, as I had toexpect, was not that of a game changing event. Instead, it was more orless, directly in between Greatness and Disappointment. There's a lotto love about Pacific Rim, but where it suffers seems to be mostlythrough a lack of confidence in it's own premise.

    Like last years Les Miserables, Rim makes the unfortunate error oftrying to fit in 3-4 hours worth of storytelling into just over 2.Which is unfortunate considering Pacific Rim's all round story is it'sstrongest element. Though taken from many sources, (and by no means,anything that original) it shapes a very well-throughout premise withdetail and conviction. In it's execution of this however, is where thefilm stumbles. Mainly, the plot feels rushed. Condensing years ofdevastation and development, into one short montage (the first fiveminutes of the film covers the entire ark which Pacific Rim is builton: the first encounters of the Kaiju, the initial attempts to stopthem and finally, the culmination of the Jaguar program) which containsenough story to fill an entire other movie. The intro then concludeswith the untimely destruction of one of, what seemed to be, the humanrace's final salvation. From there is where the movie actually begins.

    Now while that's an interesting (somewhat ballsy) approach, thisstructure causes Rim to feel much smaller in scope than what itactually is. This story is HUGE as a concept and it should havetranslated that way. Unfortunately what is shown is both giant in scaleand unjustly short. The film is set over a small amount of time,considering the attacks have been going on for years and though itcovers many key events in the Kaiju war, it never really feels likeyou've been delivered the full picture.

    Now, on the positive side, if you focus your attention to what is ondisplay, Pacific Rim excels. It flows with both confidence andconviction. Expecting a lot from the maker of Pan's Labyrinth andHellboy 2, del Toro delivers with a lot of what made him great (even ifyou're mostly getting del Toro, the action director). The design ofboth Jeagar and Kaiju are brutal and majestic. The world in which Rimexists is one where any previous del Toro film could fit in withcomfortably. Beautiful design. As well as that, being this is delToro's first real entry into mega blockbuster territory (Hellboy 2 wasbig, but nothing close to this) there was initial concerns that maybehe would be out of his depths in bringing the all-out-brawls to the bigscreen. Luckily, he delivers there too.

    The Jaguar vs. Kaiju assaults are stellar, even if they're not thedefining assault on your senses you were hoping for. When the standoffsbegin, you are returned to your childhood, reminded of why you lovedseeing things go bomb in the first place. It's big, it's exciting, it'sunpredictable (well, some what) and it's just so must fun. Delivered,also, with a sense of peril for the characters, which is arguably themost important thing when creating great action. Which, for that,requires a group of characters to which you need to feel like giving adamn about.

    Though things have been said about the people of Rim, I found them tobe well-rounded and developed. Though not reaching the arks of previousbig-screen franchises (The Avengers, The Dark Knight), everyone isgiven enough to go with, to at least earn the right for us to careabout them. The standout being Mako Mori played by Rinko Kikuchi whoholds the stand-out scene of the movie, when she first steps footinside the cockpit and co-pilots the Gypsy Danger with unfortunateresults.

    While on the other side of the hemisphere, Charlie Hunnam, takingleading position, brings the usual tough guy,stands-for-everything-right solider, with a delicacy that makes it feelmore realistic than movie realistic. Supporting casts deliver also,with the always great Idris Elba doing well with a small role, whileCharlie Day is much less annoying than what you may have previouslyanticipated and is convincing as the fumbling, genius scientist. And ofcourse the always fun to watch Ron Perlman as shady, black marketdealer Hannibal Chau.

    If you take Pacific Rim as a great action/adventure story you will findmuch to appreciate in it's delivery. Though, were it to have theself-confidence to deliver it's premise with more conviction andpacing, it could have been the best action film of the year. For whatis on display however, there is very little to hate. Guillermo del Torohas done an exceptional job at bringing this mammoth concept to the bigscreen and delivering in, close to the way I had hoped. In the end,what you're left with is a great, thrilling experience that confirmsthat big robots fighting big monsters is actually a great idea for amovie.

  8. Prince AJB
    22 Jul 2013, 2:20 pm

    "Pacific Rim" is a highly explosive, exhilarating, exuberant,energetic, and exciting hell of a ride. When I saw the trailers, I knewthe action sequences would be massive in scale, but the film just blewme away because the scale was just incredibly enormous. Every actionsequence in this film was just mind-blowing.

    Unlike "Transformers", this movie has a real sensible plot. Giantmonsters (known as Kaijus) are the extraterrestrial beings that arecurrently ravaging Earth. However, they don't come from above theatmosphere, instead they come from beneath us. A portal in the bottomof the ocean serves as the method of transport these Kaijus use toreach us. These Kaijus are arriving one by one, and as they do, theyincrease in size. They're so massive in size (I reckon they're biggerthan Godzilla) and the amount of destruction they cause is justindescribable.

    But the humans don't stand around doing nothing. They build their ownmonsters, gigantic robots known as Jaegars, which are controlledsimultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked by a neural bridge.This allows them to synchronize their movements. However, despite thesemighty Jaegers, the seemingly bright future for the humans turn dim asthey begin to lose the war against the Kaijus. All of this was clearlycovered in the prologue, quickly but properly.

    Now that seems like a basic plot, but I can tell you that there'sactually more than that and the story is deeper than it looks from theoutside. "Pacific Rim" provides sensible explanations for thephenomenons that occurred in the film. Now I'm not a genius or ascientist, but the explanation is logical.

    The characters. Our protagonist is Raleigh Becket. He's had a bad timeafter his partner and older brother Yancy died in a battle against aKaiju before. But he's recruited by Marshal Stacker Pentecost to pilotone of the four remaining Jaegers. His new partner is Mako Mori, aJapanese girl who wants to be a pilot to avenge the death of herfamily. Becket's and Mori's Jaeger is the American-made Gypsy Heart.

    The cast behind the characters were great too. Charlie Hunnam wasterrific as Raleigh. Idris Elba gave a commanding performance asStacker. Rinko Kikuchi rocked as Mako Mori. The chemistry betweenHunnam and Kikuchi was excellent too. But I have to give special creditto Ron Perlman (who previously played in del Toro's "Hellboy" films) asthe black marketeer Hannibal Chau who makes a living by dealing withKaiju organs. He has style and charisma. I also loved Burn Gorman andCharlie Day as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb and Dr. Newton Geizler,respectively. Their chemistry was absolutely perfect and these two werejust amazing.

    The visual effects were undoubtedly incredible. Everything wasmind-blowing and the gigantic scale of the action sequences allows youto be fully immersed into the scene. And the sets were extremelymagnificent and glorious. I did not feel any sense of boredom when Iwas watching this film. Even the drama scenes were enjoyable too. Thescenes where explanations were uncovered were exciting too and themusic is a prominent part of this.

    Guillermo del Toro also did a great job in his directing because Igradually became supportive of the Jaegers and every time they fought,I rooted for them to win. I became immersed into the movie. Every timea Jaeger was in trouble, I was rooting for them to get back up andfight back again. I wanted them to smash the Kaijus to pieces.

    "Pacific Rim" is just simply awesome. Now, it may not be for everyone,but if you love action, giant monsters, and giant robots, you'lldefinitely love this. Or if you're just trying to have some fun, watchthis. It's got both brains and brawn.

    Rating: 9/10

    Final Verdict: "Pacific Rim" is an amazing and explosive ride that isplenty of fun to watch, accompanied with dazzling visuals and acoherent plot.

  9. moviexclusive from Singapore
    22 Jul 2013, 2:20 pm

    As far as summer blockbusters go, 'Pacific Rim' has probably the mostunabashedly uncomplicated premise – giant robots versus giant monsters.How much you enjoy Guillermo del Toro's robot-monster smackdownultimately depends on whether you expect the movie to be any more thanthat. If you did, then you're probably going to walk away disappointedat how simplistic this apocalyptic spectacle will turn out to be; butif you're satisfied simply with watching huge-ass monsters and robotsgo up against each other, then you will enjoy every bit of this epic(and yes we do mean it literally).

    Indeed, the draw of del Toro's monster of a movie has always been towitness the monumental series of battles between massive lizard-likemonsters (referred to in the movie by the Japanese word 'Kaiju' as atribute to the science fiction films from the country which featuredsuch giant beasts, e.g. Godzilla) and 25-story high robots (known asJaegers, or 'hunters' in German) operated by humans. And in thisregard, let us assure you that nothing in your expectation will prepareyou for what del Toro has managed to accomplish on screen – not evencomparing it to a 'Godzilla' meets 'Transformers' movie does it anyjustice.

    Let's start with the basics. First and foremost, the action is shotcleanly, meaning none of them shaky-cams nor extreme close-ups thatdiminish the scale on which it is unfolding. It is also coherent -thanks to some impressive work from del Toro regular Guillermo Navarroas cinematographer and John Gilroy and Peter Amundson as editors -rather than just a mashup of scenes that don't flow well into oneanother. We'll add one more before we start gushing – it is alsobeautifully choreographed, with just the right mix of medium and wideshots to place you right into the heart of the action.

    If that description above seems too clinical, then how about this -these setpieces are superb; in fact, they are worthy of everysuperlative that you can think of. Working on a gargantuan scale, delToro executes the action with magnificence, whether the fleeting shotsof the destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge at the beginning or themore detailed sequences in the middle and at the end – in particular, asimply jaw-dropping one begins at sea just off the waters of Hong Kongand then continues seamlessly inland where both the port and the verycity centre gets decimated by two Jaegers battling two Category 4Kaijus.

    It isn't just about how colossal it gets; it is also the sheermesmerising quality of the images, starting from the amazing level ofdetail of the Jaegers and the Kaijus. Even though it seems to beraining a little too conveniently every time one of these battleshappens out at sea, there's no denying just how real and majestic eachof them feels. On the other hand, the cityscapes are arresting in theirneon hues, and the combination of the futuristic look with which delToro paints these familiar cities with the bioluminescent appendagesand venom of the Kaijus make for a particularly appealing visualpalette.

    Now that we've finished with the savoury bits, it is only fair that weget to the (ahem) less than wieldy parts, which is in actual fact justabout everything else we have yet to talk about. At first, the science-fiction mythology sounds rather intriguing – instead of coming from theskies, the threat to our planet came from a rift deep within thePacific Ocean, a portal through which the Kaijus emerged andnecessitated an equally massive response in the form of the Jaegers.Ditto the functioning of the Jaegers, which given their size, have tobe operated by two pilots who sync up their minds via the neuralhandshake, otherwise known as the "drift".

    But del Toro and his fellow screenwriter Travis Beacham (who is alsocredited with this original story) uses these elements toomechanically. The rift is no more than an excuse for an underwaterclimax where the Jaegers aim to close the portal from which the Kaijusemerged, a resolution not quite different from that in 'The Avengers'.More significantly, the melding of minds isn't quite exploited forenough dramatic possibility, particularly given its significance inenabling our two lead pilots, Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mori(Rinko Kikuchi) to bond so seamlessly with each other.

    Equally clunky is the characterisation, which has as much poignancy asa piece of metal. Raleigh's scarred Jaeger pilot, still reeling atfirst from the death of his brother Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff), healstoo quickly for us to make much of an emotional connection. Mori's owntraumatic near-death experience as a child that continues to haunt heralso rings hollow and is equally quickly forgotten. Idris Elba playshis Jaeger commander Stacker Pentecost in suitably macho fashion, butis largely one-note and engineered simply to deliver the rallying criesat suitable intervals – like the oft-heard "Today, we are cancellingthe apocalypse" in the trailers.

    No thanks to the plotting and character issues, the pacing of the moviesags considerably after a prolonged prologue establishing the necessarybackstory of the robots-versus-monsters war and Raleigh's own past. Itonly picks up at the halfway mark when the deep-sea monsters finallyclash again with their mechanical counterparts, which will either bestimulating enough (if you're an adolescent fanboy) to make you wetyour pants or leave you numb. Our opinion? It is del Toro's mostambitious, most imaginative and probably most groundbreaking movieever, but we wish there were more of the warmth and character that havedefined some of his best work.

  10. heisenberg1925 from Philippines
    22 Jul 2013, 2:20 pm

    Pacific Rim is the most ambitious project undertaken by Guillermo delToro at this point in his career. I'm a huge fan of his work. Pan'sLabyrinth and the Hellboy films are among my personal favorites. Animefanatics who are familiar with Neon Genesis Evangelion will be quick tonotice the striking resemblance to some of the "mecha" (giant robots)featured in the movie, but the similarity ends there. Although themajority of big-budgeted Hollywood movies that have been released overthe years were derived from comic books, classic cartoons or novelswith a solid fan base, this film is a cut above the rest. Del Toro tooka risk and created his own version of "Transformers" far relieved fromMichael Bay's commercial-like robots and in all honesty,he just mightgive him a run for his money.

    In a not-so-distant future where giant beasts or "Kaiju" wreak havoc inmajor cities across the globe, our only fighting chance of defeatingthese creatures is through the Jaeger Program. The giant robots aptlycalled "Jaeger" are driven by two pilots where it's controlledsimultaneously by melding their minds through a neural bridge. I'm notgoing into further detail but they completely redefined what "drifting"means. Other countries have joined the Jaeger Program including China,Russia and Japan but Australia's Striker Eureka and USA's Gypsy Dangerwere given more screen time. The intense battle scenes between theJaegers and several types of Kaiju are almost surreal. I don't evenknow why they have to reboot "Godzilla" when this film just showed usseveral versions of his ilk. There was one particular scene when theKaiju decided to take off with his bat-inspired wings and Gypsy Dangerhave no other choice but to shift into Voltron-mode wielding anenormous sword while suspended in outer space ( I guess they're tryingto pay tribute to the classic Japanese anime).

    Charlie Hunnam was the perfect choice to play Raleigh Becket, a Jaegerpilot with a rebellious streak and the film's main protagonist.Becket's new co-pilot Mako Mori portrayed by Rinko Kikuchi played herpart well despite her English sounding more like Japanese. However, shecompensated for it with her remarkable Kendo fighting skills. IdrisElba who played Stacker Pentecost,leader of the Jaeger programdelivered his part exceptionally well and steals every scene he's in.Even "Hellboy" star Ron Perlman had a small role as Hannibal Chau, ablack market dealer for everything Kaiju-related. The remaining castdid what was expected from their respective roles.

    There's so much visual feast in this movie to revel in for fans of thegenre and for the average moviegoer looking for a more satisfyingcinematic experience. After watching a plethora of blockbuster moviesin IMAX 3D, I have to say Pacific Rim is a standalone film that willcaptivate you from start to finish.

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