Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Film Review: Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim (Review)
United States/2013
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"This is how you make a summer blockbuster..."

In 2013, Earth is under attack from colossal creatures called the Kaijus, who emerge from a portal on the Pacific Ocean floor. So, the world leaders set aside their differences and pool their resources to develop Jaegers, humongous humanoid war machines, to battle the Kaijus.

Pacific Rim continues as the Jaegers program is discontinued due to poor results and as new plans to build a large wall to keep the Kaijus out show more promise. However, Marshall Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) keeps the program alive and pulls Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) out of retirement for a new, daring mission. And so, the story continues with some more training, some flirting and bickering, some lighthearted comedy, and a few large scale battles. Pacific Rim ends with a magnificent final sequence, albeit incredibly cliché -- I don't hate happy endings, but this one just feels too forced and generic.

Pacific Rim has a fantastic concept. Huge robots battling gigantic beasts using the Ocean and major cities as their battlegrounds -- what could go wrong? And, really, nothing actually goes wrong with the main premise. The action sequences are superb, delivering heart-pounding thrill after breathtaking thrill with technical perfection. My problem lays with the cliché, generic, and cheesy dialogue and plot points. The dialogue is very B-movie, while lacking the B-movie charm necessary to pull it off. Most of the plot points are predictable, you know how'll start a relationship, who'll die, and who'll sacrifice themselves and so on. Fortunately, the superb action immerses and entertains you enough to make these issues miniscule.

The acting is all-around great. Charlie Hunnam lacked some necessary charisma, but he's good, regardless. Idris Elba, on the other hand, is fantastic with a plethora of charisma and charm. Charlie Day and Ron Perlman are also great, adding a layer of lighthearted comedy thay blends well with the rest of the film. Guillermo del Toro's direction is fantastic, as well. Pacific Rim is a technical masterpiece with its superb special effects, beautiful eye candy cinematography, and thunderous score. The colors are incredibly vivid further bringing you into this world, this is a must watch in high definition.

Overall, Pacific Rim is a fantastic blockbuster. Sure, the story and dialogue lack some much needed originality and could've been less cheesy, but the action and concept are superb. This is how you make a summer blockbuster -- a film that only aims to entertain.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Violence and blood.

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