Yet another movie I was very skeptical to see, but was gleeful that it again turned out to be extremely surprising.
Plot: As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
Again I say, I was very skeptical to see this movie. I did not at all think it would turn out even remotely watchable, but I am glad to report that I was beyond surprised at how well-made it turned out. I’ve barely seen anything from Guillermo Del Toro before, but now I can say with confidence that I’m going to be looking forward to seeing everything he’ll be making or has made in the past.
Probably the most impressive thing about this movie was the sheer scope of the world that Guillermo and Travis Beacham had created, and the breathtaking concept design. I haven’t seen such lovingly created, beautiful concept design for anything as I’ve seen in Pacific Rim in quite some time, and not to mention it had the best use of CGI in recent memory. I’m not really a huge fan of CGI, I prefer traditional effects usually, but the way he crafted the effects was simply, smartly astonishing.
Guillermo Del Toro and Travis Beacham, in addition to having brilliant special effects and concept design crafted, wrote a wonderful story that is a nice nod to anime. The dialogue was interesting, and the character development was fully-fledged, there were certainly enough smart surprises throughout to overtake what few cliches and or predictable moments there were.
With an international cast of actors there were certainly some excellent performances, namely from Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau, Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost, Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket, Burn Gorman as Gottleib, and most entertaining of all was Charlie Day playing wacky Doctor Newton “Newt” Geiszler. The characters were brought fully to life by a wonderful cast, who all as I’ve said gave wonderful, surprisingly human performances.
In conclusion, while a lot of people are split on Pacific Rim, I found it to be an intelligent, breathtakingly realized sci-fi action feat that was just an utter joy to see. The action sequences were frighteningly well directed, the characters were human and entertaining, the acting was fairly excellent, especially, as I’ve previously stated, from Charlie Day who was the most entertaining character of the entire movie, and the concept design was simply beyond belief. It is the perfect summer movie, and as I’ve said it was surprisingly smartly approached. Pacific Rim is an enjoyable, fun, action packed Sci-Fi treat. I very much recommend at least seeing it once, I know for a fact when it comes on DVD I shall be rewatching it many times.
MY RATING: 9/10
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