Written August 29, 2014
The Good: Pacific Rim is an action packed ride with an interesting concept. The robot fighting is far more cohesive and easier to follow than Transformers. The touch of Japanese culture and mech material is felt through out the movie. The art direction is beautiful and is worth an IMAX 3D ticket.
The Meh: This movie breaks no new ground. The plot is extremely predictable and echoes almost every other invasion movie that came before it.
The Bad: The acting and character development are both not worthy of having Guillermo Del Toro's name attached. Pacific Rim could have used less heavy handed "acting" and more monster/robot battles. There are also a lot of plot inconsistencies
The Verdict: A visually stimulating, intense action flick that is worth a watch, but its concept and execution would have been better off as an anime or manga.
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Written July 12, 2013
It was a fantastic movie, in the way we expect a blockbuster to be. This is not Kings Speech, or Black Swan... Don't expect a deep emotional plot with character development like those two. However, don't expect the usual crap we get in blockbusters stories like Transformers, and do I dare say it? Most of the marvel super heroes movies. This movie feels like an Aliens, Jurassic Park, or even Jaws. It's a very predictable classic story with a fe heart warming moments, but the best part is the visuals and the magnitude of the action sequences.
I'm going to watch this again soon.
Written August 27, 2014
This movie has some striking visuals, and is in many ways a satisfying homage to Japanese monster flicks. It isn't, however, a very deep film - it's no Matrix, Starship Troopers or Bladerunner - or Godzilla for that matter, in terms of its atomic bomb commentary - by any stretch - and that's the most disappointing aspect. I looked forward to a Pans Labyrinth with Godzilla and Gundam and got far less. Still fun - just don't go into it expecting too much.
Written July 24, 2014
Pacific Rim is one of the most creative, entertaining and visually impressive movies I've seen since Jurassic Park! Guillermo del Toro masterfully creates a believable, immersive world full of colorful characters and mindblowing action setpieces. The cast is outstanding. Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba all own their roles, while Charlie Day and Ron Perlman add some levity. The story gets moving quickly, allowing del Toro to go absolutely crazy and cram as many nifty ideas as he can into the film. I loved how sci-fi the film got, really taking its premise and running with it. The monsters ("kaiju") are wildly inventive, with each one topping the previous one in terms of design and ferociousness. Watching them battle the mechs ("jaegers") is a sight to behold. The cinematography is vibrant and the score is excellent. All in all, this is an emotionally resonant, incredibly cool thrill ride from start to finish...DO NOT MISS THIS FILM!
Written July 25, 2013
If you spend any money on an IMAX 3D film this summer (or year), spend it on Pacific Rim. This film was by far one of the best I’ve seen this summer. Knowing only that the movie was essentially about aliens versus robots, I was skeptical. But I walked out so impressed!
I can not say one bad thing about this film. It has everything you can possibly want in a movie, aliens, robots, big battle scenes, great special effects and hot guys! It also has a bit of humor thanks to Day.
The IMAX 3D is entirely worth it. As many know, I am not a fan of wasting money on the 3D versions, but this was just a fun ride. I felt as if I was inside one of the robots. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, as I couldn’t figure out how it would end. Something very rare in films these days.
So far, this is leading my list of the best film of the summer.