To fight monsters we created monsters.
Epic sci-fi actioner from Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) centering on a battle for Earth between massive monsters that arise from the Pacific Ocean and human-manned robots, created to defeat them. Stars Idris Elba and Charlie Day.... More
When legions of creatures, known as Kaiju, rose from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives. To combat the Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: huge, manned robots, called Jaegers. On the verge of defeat, the forces protecting mankind 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. The pair are the world's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Del Toro promised at Comic-Con 2011 that the film will feature “the finest f**king monsters ever committed to screen.”Hide
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
Justifiably proud of a ridiculously awesome premise, Pacific Rim lovingly embraces its blockbuster status, clichés and all - refreshingly without any post-modern nonsense, knowing winks at the audience or ounce of satire. The film does exactly what it says on its ludicrously oversized walking tin: giant robots looking cool while pummelling the crap out of massive monsters. Those expecting a cerebral dimension to Guillermo del Toro’s $200 million action epic may leave a little disappointed, but he revels in the sheer fun of Pacific Rim’s concept and scale in a way that’ll excite and engross those on board with the concept.... More
Sensory overload is the order of the day, Pacific Rim packing a punch with its bold and bright colour palette, sheer size and mega volume. Yet somehow, as ridiculous as it sounds, there’s an enjoyable subtlety and elegance to how deftly del Toro sets up his world and illustrates the scale of its gladiators inside the film’s opening few minutes.
The fight sequences do get a little same-y, largely set at night and in the ocean – though we glimpse some short sequences elsewhere. The film also arguably peaks pre-climax with the most brilliant neon bombardment of the senses since Enter the Void - two 50 metre combatants spectacularly duking it out in late night downtown Hong Kong.
But for that, it’s hard to believe Pacific Rim has a 131 minute running time, sustaining attention throughout and ripping along with little of the between-set-piece slump common to other blockbusters. And without a single line of dialogue from a villain, a tired retread of a reluctant hero’s journey or wasting any time trying to ground itself in a gritty reality. We all better hope this makes plenty of money, because del Toro just showed Hollywood how a blockbuster should be done.Hide
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BY Dan-Thompson superstar
Maybe it was the hype, maybe I expected too much. Whatever it was, I just don't get it. Machine vs. Monsters - see if you can guess the ending. I'm not knocking this film for what it is - it out Transformers Transformers - but I wanted more from del Toro. Hellboy proves he can blend action with imagination and a decent story. Michael Bay would love it.
BY CJRedshaw superstar
A great cast littered with action stars from the big screen and television. Elba, Day, Hunnam and Perlman come together nicely when under the direction of Guillermo del Toro, once again creating a sci-fi action world that comes to larger than life proportion on the big screen. A great combination of bone crushing action that has you in your seat backing the good guys to a hard fought victory, worth the watch better on the big screen or with serious sound to get lost in the mayhem
BY JackWallace superstar
BY angharadgwyn nobody
Pacific Rim is a stellar giant robot versus alien monsters film, but don't be fooled! It has an engaging plot and wicked characterization as well. I was particularly impressed by the fact that Mako Mori is a very well rounded female protagonist- not something you see very often in sci-fi action movies!
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