Film Review: Pacific Rim


The director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro brings us a Sci- fi, Action film in the shape of Pacific Rim, that can only be described in one word – Epic. The films tackles the convention of alien invasion movies, where the aliens come in full force from beyond the stars, instead here our aliens come from beneath the depths of the Pacific ocean, one by one.

But these are more Godzilla kind aliens than the E.T. type; named Kaiju (the Japanese for monster) these aliens are colonist intent on claiming the Earth as their own at the expense of it’s inhabitants. But unwilling to go down without a fight, mankind has developed giant robots named Jaegers (the German for hunter) piloted by a two-man crew to do the impossible deed of defeating these monsters.

With a big cast cast including: Charlie Hunnam (Raleigh Becket), Idris Elba (Stacker Pentecost), Burn Gorman (Gottlieb), Robert Kazinsky (Chuck Hansen) and a short cameo from Ron Perlman (Hannibal Chau), along with a intriguing premise, on paper this looks like a really exciting film. But upon viewing it you realize, that it is a spectacle none-the-less but there isn’t any fat to chew on.

There isn’t much fighting between the robots and the aliens, as you would cexpect, the scenes where the romance between Hunnam’s character and his love interest is mean’t to build seem a bit wooden and at times cliché. Perlman brings the only comic relief that is injected in to the film and he isn’t on the screen for very long,

If it weren’t for Elba seemly sprinkling magic dust on anything he graces at the moment, I would say that it isn’t worth your admission fee, never-the-less if your looking for big, shiny blockbuster to go and see then this is your ticket, but if you are looking for something to sink your teeth in to, I would advise you look elsewhere.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman
Runtime: 131 mins
Cert UK:  12A


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