Movie Title: Pacific Rim
Date Released: July 12th, 2013
Date Seen: July 13th, 2013
Seen with: Dad
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
An action packed movie with forgettable main characters, super interesting secondary characters, and lots of rock ’em sock ’em robot fights.
We begin the movie learning the history of how the Kaiju’s first arrived to the world. Of course, the world must respond. How do they do this? Seemingly, they all got drunk, watched an episode of “THE MIGHTY MORPHING POWER RANGERS”, and decided that they could build a megazord of their own. We also learn the history of the completely forgettable and cheesy main character (whose name I did not remember so I had to look at imdb), and fast forward a number of years to still fighting giant aliens coming from the sea.
This movie is one you just have to sit in and not think – at all. Any plot development parts, where the characters would explain what their “plan” was, was rushed through and almost incomprehensible. However, once you get past this – the fight scenes are numerous, either with fighting robots and aliens, people fighting each other, death and destruction of multiple cities across the Pacific, etc. You will see some ass kicking, it will be awesome, and you will cheer. Those were pretty much the only decent parts of the movie. It might sound like I didn’t enjoy this movie, but I did have a fun time, once I turned off my brain completely. There were things that I wanted to see more of (the mind drifting together, for example) that weren’t really explained too much. I thought they could have used it more to really get the plot going with a lot of action as well. Alas, it didn’t happen. At least I got to see some serious robot fighting, and some super cool aliens. There’s also a lot of plot holes – but again, if you just turn your brain off – ok.
The cool part about the aliens is that they all look different – so they have different features/abilities/etc. That makes them a lot more fun and interesting to fight – and watch the fights. The fights were good, in that you could actually tell what was happening in the fights. Sometimes heavy CGI things are very quick and blurry so you don’t really know what is going on or who is winning. A major part of the fight scenes are of course, the actors. But since they are almost always in these giant suits, there’s little actual combat other than a couple of army brawls. Charlie Hunnam played “Raleigh Becket” who again, was the main character but so forgettable that I had to look up his characters name. He was a cheesy character that you didn’t connect to at all, but was hot. Idris Elba played Pentecost, the kick ass military guy in charge of the program. I wanted to know more about him and his relationship with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), but we don’t get too much of it. The best characters were two minor characters, Drs. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Gottlieb (Burn Gorman). I would have just watched a whole movie on what those two were doing and their relationship because it was by far the most interesting relationship and the best to watch because they were the best written characters.
I didn’t feel Guillermo del Toro’s presence too heavily in the film, except in a couple of scenes. That’s not a bad thing, but as a big fan of the director, I wanted more. Two scenes just stood at to me as such a Guillermo del Toro thing to do. One is a scene with an umbrella, which del Toro seems to have a fascination with – and the other is just his use of little girls, well dressed in pretty shoes.
Go see it if you like action sci-fi movies, it’s fun cheesy action, with a nice budget and a great director – just make sure you turn your brain all the way off.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
Not much to spoil, here. Since the plot just kind of… was meh.
The plot holes I found were mostly revolving around the aliens and their portal. They make it seem oh-so-important that they blow up the INSIDE of the portal… and then they don’t. Ok? They also seemingly start to make a big deal off of the mind melding with the Kaiju – which I would have loved – but not really. They get pretty much the normal alien story “oh they want to exterminate us and take over our planet then move on to another planet.” Been there, done it, hundreds of times. I wish they could have found out some actual good information from that or delved deeper into it. That also created another weird plot hole – 1. how did the newborn Kaiju have all the memories of being “made” and the plans of the entire Kaiju planet in its head. Where they all connected? Because that’d be the only way my second point makes sense 2. why did the other Kaiju look for Newt – when the brain he went into was from a dead Kaiju anyway. If they did have a shared brain connection… the Kaiju was already dead so you’d think it’d be broken. Whatever. We also never got concerned that they were clones, even though they started to make that sound like it was going to be important, nor that one of them was pregnant. Then the aliens also died in really random ways – ok this one is cut in half from the bottom down, but survives, and is strong enough to fly you up into space before a simple sword to the gut kills it. But this alien doesn’t survive being sliced in half. This one dies with a simple punch. It’s super hard to kill a Kaiju with simple tanks and air assaults, but one chest explosion from the giant power ranger Megazord… err, I mean the Jaeger… seems to do it.
Whatever. They fight. Idris Elba dies. The boring main character lives and destroys the bridge between their world and the Kaiju world. Fun not main character doctor guys live. The end.
Turn off your brain, enjoy the action, and don’t get too deep into the simple plot and the boring main characters and you’ll have a great time.