Opening in theatres this Friday from director Guillermo del Toro, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures comes the technological battle of PACIFIC RIM.
This film tells the story of Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), part of a two man crew with his brother in a Jaeger. What is a Jaeger? It is a man made robot of massive size created to fight alien creatures called Kaiju. Entering through a portal they try to destroy mankind.
That’s where the Jaeger’s come into play. Under the command of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) the Kaiju get smarter and destroy more Jaeger than they can build. Pentecost takes it upon himself to continue the fight with the man made machines when the government offers no more support.
He gathers the last of the Jaeger fighters with Herc Hansen (Max Martini) and his son Chuck (Robert Kazinsky), a Russian couple and a trio of fighters. Convincing Becket to rejoin the group he is paired with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) against the better wishes of Pentecost.
Also in the mix are Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) – two men who see the solution differently. One sees things in mathematical terms and the other needs the help of Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman) and a Kaiju monster brain to stop the final battle.
It all comes down to who wants to survive more!
FINAL WORD: Hunnam as Becket does his usual stand up job. He can play the average guy who has a hero element buried underneath his skin. Dealing with his brothers death and wanting the save the world gets a little fuzzy at times. If this actor looks familiar to viewers its because he’s also the badass biker leader of SAMCRO Jax Teller in the FX hit series SONS OF ANARCHY.
Elba plays a strong leader with a soft spot, but not so soft he doesn’t know when its time to do the right thing. Martini and Kazinsky as father and son are tough, rugged and not afraid to take on some Kaiju! Perlman just cracked me up from the moment he is seen on screen to the end.
Kikuchi seems a little out of place as Mako. I just couldn’t relate to her wide-eyed moments of frozen expression. I totally understand her role; it just wasn’t enough for me to invest in story wise.
Charlie Day as Geiszler was annoying, irritating, aggravating and I just wanted his characters head to explode so he would shut the hell up. Gorman as Gottlieb was equally irritating and when they equally drifted I really was hoping for a massive explosion.
Other cast include: Clifton Collins Jr. as Ops Tendo Choi, Mana Ashida as young Mako, Santiago Segura as Wizened Man and Joe Pingue as Captain Merrit.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give PACIFIC RIM three tubs of popcorn out of five. I give this score mainly because it isn’t the worst thing I’ve seen it’s just that, once again, I’ve seen this before. It was like watching Transformers vs. Godzilla mixed in with the tear-jerking factor of ARMAGEDDON with a little IRON MAN and REAL STEEL thrown in for good measure but over, and over, and over again.
How many buildings do I need to see get destroyed? How many times do I need to see a huge robot fight or fall? How many times does someone’s family member die and they go into a journey of self-discovery that brings them right back to the place they left? How many tough guys who have big mouths? Must anyone pay extra for the 3D when it really isn’t necessary? Yea, my list is endless.
So what was enjoyable? Audiences might just be drawn to all that action and be dazzled by the 3D and robot smack downs. It definitely is what a summer blockbuster should be with all of the above and I’m sure kids and the kids at heart will cheer in all the right places.
Speaking of kids – while screening the film I met one totally awesome kiddo by the name of Thomas who was with his mom Sandy. We got to talking about films and that’s when I decided to get his opinion on the film: “Pacific Rim’s extreme action put a steel grip on me and never let go! Fans of Transformers/Real Steel will love the heroes of the movie, while Alien/Predator fans will be in awe of the villains. The movie was a bit long, but overall a great summer action flick!!” Thanks Thomas for giving me your take, hope to see you again!
In the end – to fight monsters we created monsters.
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