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. - Written by Del Torro
Amazon reviewer Moviedude says:
Pacific Rim got hammered pretty hard by a lot of confused critics who apparently only know Guillermo del Toro from his more artistic magical realism work and somehow missed Hellboy, Mimic, and Blade 2. Pacific Rim belongs solidly to the latter camp, but it’s a labor of love and is missing none of the flair that makes del Toro films so special. At its core it is essentially a Western Super Sentai film; heroes suit up in giant robots to battle monsters that are invading our dimension… And that’s it. You can foist all sorts of allegory onto this movie if you want, and you can plumb it for deeper meaning- it’s rich enough- but at the end of the day it’s a thrilling adventure about friendship, big robots, and monster punching…
The multi-stage throwdown in Hong Kong at the film’s peak is one of the best giant monster battles ever committed to film and I say that as a die-hard Godzilla fan…
Some critics have panned this film for a lack of depth, but the truth is that it does what it wants to- deliver a summer blockbuster- and it does so with unprecedented depth. Its writing, performances, and effects easily put it on par with The Avengers as a smart summer action romp, and to disrespect this film because it’s not another Pan’s Labyrinth is sort of like saying a really good ice cream sundae is undeserving of your time because it’s not a baked Alaska. Lest we overlook it too, Rim is also an ORIGINAL film in an industry plagued by remakes, sequels, and general unoriginality. You don’t have to buy it (although I would) but you should absolutely see it in theaters or rent it at least once. Don’t miss out.
Pacific Rim: get it today and let everyone else wait for the disc!