Pacific Rim – Review
Guillermo Del Toro is a director known for the fantasy filled worlds he creates on screen, and Pacific Rim is no different.
When Kaiju, giant alien sea monsters, arrive to attack earth from a portal at the bottom of the ocean, humanity reacts by building giant robots, or Jager (German for Hunter) are piloted by 2 people and this is where we meet Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam). Known for his fighting skills Raleigh, somewhat a maverick, soon finds himself at a loss after one battle leaves him feeling alone in the world.
Called back to duty by Stacker (Idris Elba) as the threat of the Kaiju becomes all but unmanageable, Raleigh gets back in the saddle and endeavors to become a big part of the final stand.
Packed with frankly mind blowing action sequences Pacific Rim really stands out as a blockbuster movie. The effects are phenomenal and on such a grand scale there is no way you can fail to be impacted by them, the flaws of this film though come with the characters. With most movies you want some depth to the characters, a sense of them as people but Pacific Rim just skims over this element, focusing on the action.
In fact the plethora of main and supporting characters are reminiscent of pantomime characters, the stern captain (Idris Elba), the scared but determined side-kick (Rinko Kikuchi) the arrogant nemesis (Rob Kasinsky) the mad scientists (Charlie Day and Burn Gorman) and the evil and affluent crime lord (Ron Pearlman) the film and the script is chock full of clichés and cheesy lines which make it hard work for the actors to put in a great performance but Ron Pearlman stands out as someone who successfully becomes his character and brings them to life with a true brilliance on screen.
That being said these pantomime-esque persona’s fit within the context of this film and investing in it as a spectacle you, as a viewer, forgive the misdemeanors and just sit back and enjoy.
Of course there are laughs, mostly at the ‘serious moments’ that are so overblown you have to giggle, but it is not without it’s “Woah!” moments too.
To enjoy Pacific Rim you have to go in with the mindset that this is a great big blockbuster designed purely to entertain and thrill, and for me that’s exactly what it did.
Pacific Rim is released in the UK this Friday