Pacific Rim – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… Pacific Rim
Megazords are humanity’s last hope when big bad beasties start spawning from the bottom of the ocean.

The Plot
The year is 2025, and for the last twelve years humanity has been under constant attack by giant monsters called Kaiju. These creatures are spawning from an interdimensional rift located at the bottom of the ocean. To combat this threat, every nation around the world has united to create mankind’s ultimate weapon: the Jaegers, massive humanoid war machines.

Former Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) gets re-recruited to join the final assault against the Kaiju. He partners with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), your everyday introverted blue-haired bilingual ass-kicking Japanese girl. Together they join an operation to close the interdimensional rift so no Kaiju will be able to appear ever again.

Should I Watch It?
If you think this sounds stupid, then you are correct. But besides stupid it is also incredibly awesome. It is pretty much a Godzilla and Power Rangers mash up for adults. And I have no problems with this.

The story is ridiculous and the science even more so, but that is not what is driving this movie. It is a testosterone filled action-packed rollercoaster that is all about mechas punching monsters in the face. In a movie like this, the story is just an excuse for explosive and destructive brawls. Having said that, the backstory of Mako is actually pretty interesting and well done. But yes, the rest is pretty over-the-top and nonsensical.

Even though Raleigh is the protagonist, he is the blandest and least interesting character in the movie. Or should I say becomes the blandest and least interesting character. The film starts of with him still being a pilot and looks and acts as one of the many stereotypical caricatures that are shown throughout the movie. He is handsome, brave, and a bit of a rebel. Unfortunately, these features hardly ever get emphasised, or even addressed, during the rest of the story. Reducing him to eye-candy.

On the other hand, Mako and commander Stacker Pentecoste, played by Idris Elba, have very interesting and well-developed backgrounds. They have a hidden history and their characters are much more unique and memorable. Both actors put in wonderful performances. When Raleigh is on the screen you just want the story to progress to the fights, but when Mako or Stacker appears you almost forget that you are only watching this movie to see things duke it out.

Pacific Rim is a brainless CGI spectacle jam-packed with one-dimensional stereotypical characters that is solely about punching stuff, but it is done in such a badass way that it works in its favour. Guillermo del Toro shows once again that he is a very visual director that knows exactly what he is doing. The movie might be completely and utterly stupid, but, more importantly, it is a ton of fun. Go watch it!

Yes, watch it.

Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments or suggestions on what I should watch next let me know in the comment section below.

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2 responses to “Pacific Rim – Should I Watch It?”

  1. Morgan Mills says :

    Brainless Godzilla and Power Rangers mash up is a perfect description :’). I completely agree. Enjoyable, looks good, but not one to watch if you’re hoping for some mental stimulation!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Remco says :

      Exactly, and sometimes that is exactly what you need. It does make me wonder what would have happened to the Transformers franchise if Guillermo del Toro would have directed them instead.

      Liked by 1 person

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