Two words come to mind when describing Pacific Rim: Freaken Awesome. del Toro has delivered a solid Hollywood blockbuster, with over the top action and sweet visuals. Who cares that it doesn’t have an ounce of subtly or originality, it’s a visual tour de force and an assault on your ear drums. It’s just flat out fun robot monster carnage. It’s Independence Day with Godzilla and giant robots.
Essentially an alien race has been living in the earth’s core waiting for the perfect time to come out and take over our world. Through a rift on the ocean floor, these aliens of the deep – or Kaiju as they are called in the film – rise up and probe our defenses. In retaliation, we build giant robots, calling them Jaegers which are controlled by two pilots, whose minds are linked through a neural bridge.
The problem is that the alien race evolves and starts spawning bigger and better monsters, until finally it’s up to a washed up old pilot and a un-tested rookie to hop in an old school robot to take the battle direct to the alien hive.
It’s corny, predictable and totally over the top, but del Toro knows his stuff and jumps right into the action. No slow build up, this is all about giant robot on alien action, and the fights never get old, the action never abates, and you will leave the cinema pumped.
Rating: M Violence.