Pacific Rim FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a 131 minute, PG-13, 3D, action, adventure, sci-fi, directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham with a theater release of July 12, 2013.
In order to fight monsters the world needed to create monsters so the military created the Jaegers known as the hunters to fight the beasts known as Kaiju. In Alaska, year 2020, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) is running an operation of Jaegers directly in the war zone. These huge robots are manned by two compatible people that are able to work mind and hand together to fight in battle against the monsters that are trying to kill all of mankind.
Five years later when Pentecost moves his operations to Hong Kong he searches out Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) who has taken a job in construction building the wall of life after the death of his brother Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff). Raleigh was a Mach 3 pilot and Stacker needs him back since his army operations have now developed into more of a resistance. Raleigh takes the responsibility even though after five years away he still suffers from the loss of his brother.
Once at Shadow Dome Hong Kong Raleigh gets acquainted with the operations hitting it off with all but one, Chuck Hansen (Robert Kazinsky) owner of a very cool Bulldog, son of Herc (Max Martini) who works directly under the authority of Stacker. Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) special assistant to Stacker has always wanted to become a fighter and hopes that after proving herself to Raleigh that hopefully Stacker will give her the chance in battle. Time for a trial run for the new dream team of Raleigh and Mako while they are suited up and placed in control of the nuclear run Gipsy. Memories of the past for both partners seem to get in the way as Raleigh remembers his brother’s death and Mako her childhood running with her red shoe in hand from the Kaiju after her family had been killed.
Meanwhile in the laboratory two scientists Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) and Dr. Newton Geiszler ( Charlie Day) are looking at other alternatives to destroy the monsters and Newton overall may have discovered a way into the breach. One problem, he has no choice than to hit the black market in search of Hannibal Chow (Ron Perlman) in order to find the brain he is looking to enter for answers to this alien colony that survives under the Pacific Ocean and comes ashore to destroy mankind. Usually one by one but as time passes these monsters are not only growing in numbers but also in technology showing many more capabilities in their fights with the Jaegers. Overall in the end the battle has reached a category five and the clock is ticking to save mankind.
I absolutely enjoyed this film based on the action of which there is quite a bit going on from start to finish. Moments reminded me of “Transformers” and other times “Independence Day” with a mixture of the old Godzilla films. I liked the modern approach to an old time theory of film making as man once again battles huge monsters. I did notice that the 3D in this film was probably one of the best uses I’ve seen in quite a while so much so that if you pay attention to the little details during the battle scenes you’ll really appreciate the film even more. The writing is sufficient but lacked the use of character development except for when they tell the story of Mako and the red shoe; this I think is one of the best moments visually and in the script in terms of telling a story about one of the leads. The films special effects and the robots along with the equipment in the scenes are all rustic looking, scratched and banged up and I liked the fact that the film felt they did not need to have polished, clean robots and surroundings throughout the story.
No big names in this film but Hunnam does a good job as the leading man and will definitely please the women in the audience since he goes shirtless several times throughout the story. Klattenhoff is short lived but does justice to his scene. Elba is probably one of my favorites although at times seems to be a little too over-dramatic. Kikuchi plays the shy card a little too much but when her power house comes out it makes her much more believable to go to battle. Day is also a fun character who brings levity to some otherwise dark moments but his ingenious partner Gorman is just a little too silly for my taste and would have been better left on the cutting room editing floor leaving Day to save the day. Martini performs well as does Kazinsky but it is his Bulldog that steals the scenes whenever his cute slobbering face walks into the frame. As for Perlman he is not a far stretch by no means of his typical monster movies, playing the same creepy dude with a motive. Overall the film is extremely well done if out for a night of action but in my opinion it falls a bit short in the writing department but in the end it gets much better after the first fifteen minutes and grows more interesting and exciting as the story carries on. Written and enjoyed for the action, score and of course the dog with two and a half paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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