Wednesday, July 10, 2013

If you like watching the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on the big screen, than Pacific Rim is for you.  Growing up, I've enjoyed animations such as Voltron but never got into the Power Rangers.  You can also make comparisons to the old Godzilla flicks which I've enjoyed.  But for me the monsters in this film are not as distinctive or full of character as a Mothra or Rodan.  While Pacific Rim is better than any Power Ranger episode or movie I've ever seen, the movie just didn't blow me away.

The movie starts off with a bit of a history lesson of when and how the monsters or Kaiju as they are called, started arriving from an inter-dimensional "breach" in the Pacific Rim.  What I liked about the movie are the mechs or Jaegers as they are called in the movie fighting it out with the Kaijus.  The fight scenes are incredible to watch and reminence of the Godzilla movies.  If the entire movie was just this, with just a little back story, it would've been perfect.  But the focus is not on the Jaegers and Kaijus but rather it pushes a teenage romance story with sophomoric jokes and characters that Rick Moranis was well known for and perfected.  These side stories proved to be more of a distraction than adding to the overall movie which is full of head scratching plot points.  Such as the rationale by Governments to build giant walls to keep out the monsters.  Or that once the Jaeger loses their funding by Government can still run a full operation with support from just Russian black market dealers?

As far as the actors, Rinko Kikuchi as the female lead for me is a mixed bag of kittens.  I cringed when she acts as an awkward teenager with a crush, but loved her scenes when she's sparring with male lead Charlie Hunnam or struggling with "drifting" in the Jaeger.  Charlie Hunnam while good in his role is not necessarily memorable.  I did enjoy Idris Elba as Commander Pentecost.  One of my favorite scenes in the movie was when he tells Charlie's character to 1) never touch him again and 2) never touch him again.

Going back to the Jaegers and Kaijus.  Again, they were the most impressive parts of the movie.  When missiles fired from the chest of one of the Jaeger, it reminds me of the old Robotech/Macross cartoons.  With giant mechs fighting giant monsters you always expect a giant sword at some point, and they don't disappoint.  The Kaijus for the most part do not deviate much as far as appearances, but as part of the story, they do get bigger and more adaptable.  Part of the "cool" and "wow" of the fights was when the monsters started to neutralize the Jaegers' advantages with new abilities in each progression.

Overall, while there was a lot for me not to like, there are parts I really enjoyed.  It definitely has enough potential to have the biggest box office this Summer.  It'll be interesting to see if there will be a sequel though the ending for me was a little of a cop out following the route of Avengers.  But as we know with Avengers, there will be a sequel, with those on the other side (led by Thanos) ready to bring them hell.  I would recommend this film for fans of Power Rangers, Voltron, Godzilla and giant monsters or robots in general.  

Pacific Rim is rated PG-13 and due to be release on July 12th, 2013.  The run time is 2 hours and 11 minutes.

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars.


  • Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket
  • Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost
  • Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori
  • Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geizler
  • Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau
  • Heather Doerksen as Lt. Sasha Kaidanovsky
  • Ellen McLain as Jaeger AI
  • Robert Maillet as Lt. Aleksis Kaidanovsky
  • Robert Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen
  • Max Martini as Herc Hansen
  • Clifton Collins Jr. as Tendo Choi
  • Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
  • Diego Klattenhoff as Yancy Becket

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