Plot Summary: When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
You can call me bias and I’ll admit it. Pacific Rim is beyond awesome for me and now that I’ve watched the movie, I see hope in live-action adaptation of Japan manga/anime titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Gundam being a possible box office hit in near future. Putting the Transformers movie franchise aside which only focuses on robots, Pacific Rim would generate more interest among Anime and Manga fans who are fond of the idea in Kaiju and Mecha on the silver screen.
IMHO, Guillermo del Toro deserved a big thumbs up in coming out with this film. I won’t say every single thing in the film is perfect but the whole flow of the movie was very good and I loved the fact that they placed quite an amount of emphasis in the Kaijus and Jaegers. Different Kaijus/Jaegers have different capabilities and strengths and of course, their outlook were unique as well. That alone makes the whole movie watching experience entertaining for me as I was so into each of the beast.
The timeline and background story of the film connected real good as well and it was intense from the start of the movie with quite a lot of interesting details to digest on. The basic information on Kaijus and Jaegers were introduced and elaborated in the movie and that is particularly important for movie goers like me to appreciate the whole film itself.
Upon understanding how the Kaijus appeared resulting in the emerging force of Jaegers as human’s defensive/offensive solution, the CG effects on top of the action-filled fighting scenes were highly entertaining for me. If you think the fighting scenes in Transformers movie franchise were too fast in pace for you, you would love Pacific Rim as you can closely monitor each moves made by either the Kaiju or Jaeger where the scenes were shown at a slightly slower rate.
The technology created and implemented with humans being able to control Jaeger is quite interesting and I think this part is specifically important for the movie Pacific Rim to make sense for all movie goers. Neural load and the concept of drifting where pilots share thoughts/memories/experience, the crossover factor created a logical path for the various characters development and contributed ultimately in spicing up the whole movie. Liked the fact that there are different generations of Jaeger featuring pilots from different countries as well.
The designs of the pilots’ armor suits and Jaegers were neat. CG effects were beautiful and sophisticated at the same time. The colors applied during the battle scenes and through out the movie did make an impact to the overall visual experience and I felt that it actually highlighted each important scenes. Most of the fight scenes involve water/sea/waves and that factor really made all the fighting parts really cool in a way. Battles between a Kaiju and a Jaeger in the ocean? AWESOME!!
At the end of the day, I think Pacific Rim is definitely one of the top 10 movies for me in 2013 and you must watch it in the cinema. If can, watch it on IMAX 3D. I watched it on normal digital 3D and I am planning to watch the movie for the second time on IMAX 3D!
*Watched it on IMAX 3D, highly recommended!!!
My Rating for this movie is 9/10