Pacific Rim

Summary:

Pacific Rim is a modern day monster movie done right. Weak plots aside it’s hard to deny that the film is incredibly fun and a visually fantastic. The massive scope of the monster battles is breathtaking and pure energetic fun. The cataclysmic destruction is unforgiving and watching giant robots using ships as weapons is so incredibly satisfying on screen. It easily delivers on the monster clashing action that was made for summer films and it does so on a massive scale. That being said, the scenes in between the massive fights will test your patience due to a rather weak plot. Characters are paper-thin and story arcs are rather bland. Dialogue is painfully regurgitated for the benefit of the audience and unnatural. It’ll have a hard time breaking out of its niche market but it’s definitely worth the praise for the specific demographic.

Pacific Rim tells a story set in the near future where giant monsters named Kaiju begin emerging from deep below the Pacific Ocean. These unstoppable forces terrorize major cities, killing millions in the process and wiping humanity of valuable resources. Setting aside their differences mankind comes together to create and build giant, humanoid fighting machines called Jaegers. These mechanical giants are the only weapons capable of standing up to the Kaiju and are most certainly humanity’s last hope of survival.

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Oh boy. Pacific Rim is a movie with a very specific demographic, one which has already had their minds made up to see this movie since day one. However, if you’re still on the fence about this one there are a few things to consider. At its simplest Pacific Rim is a monster versus robots movie and it never tries too hard to be anything more than that. It easily delivers on the monster clashing action that was made for summer films and it does so on a massive scale. That being said, the scenes in between the massive fights will test your patience due to a rather weak plot.

The movie is riddled with clichés and story arcs that are rather boring. The movie never gives enough to time to get invested in the characters, and most of the time we are left filling in the blanks ourselves. One of the main characters Mako Mori desperately wishes to become a Jaeger pilot but is continuously passed for consideration despite being a more than capable candidate. We are told about her skills more than we are shown and it’s not until after she’s suited up and deep into the action that we get to see her talent for ourselves. It makes the build up less than thrilling and nothing we couldn’t predict. It’s little plots like these that are skimmed through throughout the film to get straight to the action that leave a somewhat unsatisfying feeling story wise.

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Another prime example is the neural link between the Jaeger co-pilots. Personally this was one of the most interesting aspects about the story but the movie never dwells on it long enough to really flesh out this aspect. We are given the wonderful flash back scene with Mako but other than that the supposedly important neural link between the pilots doesn’t feel that important. In fact there is an eye rolling scene where two characters who are obviously over explaining their actions for the benefit of the audience despite supposedly being connected through their minds. You can definitely see where the movie was trying to go with these plot threads but it lacks the proper finesse to get it’s point across and it’s clear that it wasn’t the primary concern with Pacific Rim.

Weak plots aside, it’s hard to deny that Pacific Rim is an incredible looking film. The Kaiju and Jaeger designs are outstanding and the scale of each towering monster is breathtaking. The fights are brutal and there’s definitely a sense of weight with each punch. Things like elbow rocket powered punches are pure fan service and I admittedly ate it up. There are plenty of fights throughout the film, each more ambitious than the last. The cataclysmic destruction is unforgiving and watching giant robots using ships as weapons is so incredibly satisfying on screen. This film is meant for the big screen and definitely a trip to the IMAX Theater that I look forward to. The fights are energetic and invoke a child like sense of awe that I haven’t felt in a theater since last year’s Avengers.

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This is a modern day monster movie done right and it’s definitely a visual treat for the right demographic. You can easily see how much fun del Toro is having with this film, and often times he’s just showing off. Del Toro does a wonderful job of capturing the terror of these monsters and they never feel like just massive obstacles to fight against, as can be seen during the Mako Flashback scene. This was easily one of my favorite moments from the film and watching an isolated Mako run for her life as a Kaiju attacked her abandoned city kept me on the edge of my seat. The movie captures the right sense of horror and fun without losing it’s energetic tone. Pacific Rim definitely hits the right beats for the fans of this genre and is one of the most entertaining movies of the summer for the right demographic.

However, it’s hard to recommend this movie to anyone who isn’t looking for pure mindless action. At the end of the day Pacific Rim is simply all style with little to no substance. It’ll have a hard time breaking outside a niche market but it’s definitely worth the praise for it’s breathtaking scope and wonderful visuals. It’s a shame that the movie couldn’t fit some personality to its characters or story but for what it accomplishes I was more than satisfied.

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Pacific Rim is a modern day monster movie done right. Weak plots aside it’s hard to deny that the film is incredibly fun and a visually fantastic. The massive scope of the monster battles is breathtaking and pure energetic fun. The cataclysmic destruction is unforgiving and watching giant robots using ships as weapons is so incredibly satisfying on screen. It easily delivers on the monster clashing action that was made for summer films and it does so on a massive scale. That being said, the scenes in between the massive fights will test your patience due to a rather weak plot. Characters are paper-thin and story arcs are rather bland. Dialogue is painfully regurgitated for the benefit of the audience and unnatural. It’ll have a hard time breaking out of its niche market but it’s definitely worth the praise for the specific demographic.

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4 responses to “Pacific Rim

  1. I just watched this film last night in IMAX 3D and it was mesmerizing. I was in awe during every battle scene at the visual appeal of the movie. Granted there were cliche and predictable moments but regardless, I would see it again in a heartbeat.

    • This film is truly breathtaking! I felt like a little kid all over again! My nearest IMAX theater is about an hour and half drive away from where I live which is manageable but I still have yet to make it out yet! I’m a bit apprehensive abou the 3D aspect though!

      I’ve never been an out right supporter of 3D movies but I do enjoy the occasional film in 3D and will often opt for the 3D versions especially if it’s an animated film. However, recently I’ve been noticing that the 3D films have been causing a massive irritations in my eyes and they are constantly stinging and watering throughout the movie. It seems like it’s finally starting to catch up with me but hopefully it won’t be too much of a problem for Pacific Rim! That movie was made for IMAX

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  3. A movie well done, however would not watch it on the small screen. Much like Avatar it is build around the great effects and well directed action scenes, remove the effects and you get a very, very weak movie

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