Movie Review: Pacific Rim

pacificrim_jaegers_wallpaperI’m a little late getting to this one. It’s been sitting in my to watch pile for a long time, but I was never in the right mood.

Pacific Rim  is not by most defi­n­i­tions a good movie but it may well be a very fun movie. Basi­cally we’re deal­ing with big, dumb, action movie here. It’s likeTrans­form­ers pretty much. That should upset some people, but it is.

I can honestly say that noth­ing that happened at any point in the movie surprised me. The dialogue, the plot beats, it all goes exactly the way you expect your action movie to go.

Simi­larly the dialogue is… adequate but no more. It helps when some of it is being deliv­ered by Idris Elba. On the other hand when it comes from Char­lie Hunnam…

Pacific Rim does have a few things going for it though. Not least of which is Godzilla style monsters and giant mechs! It has hard not enjoy watch­ing those two things slug­ging it out with each other.

The film makes no effort at all to justify the logi­cal of build­ing a giant metal suit that has to be controlled by two people who actu­ally phys­i­cally move the legs and arms (Why? Because it looks cool!) You just have to take that at face value.

It’s also best not to spend too much time think­ing about the incred­i­ble stupid­ity of their battle strate­gies. Let’s spend five minutes punch­ing the monster at close range, instead of firing our plasma canon from a distance… and oh yeah actu­ally we have a sword we haven’t been using! You  do not want to be think­ing when you watch this movie.

The char­ac­ters are a mixed bag too. I really liked Idris Elba as the incred­i­bly named Stacker Pente­cost and I though Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori was easily the most inter­est­ing char­ac­ter (though I’m sure people were complain­ing they couldn’t under­stand her).

On the other hand Char­lie Hunnam’s Raleigh Beck­ett may be the bland­est of heroes I’ve seen in a long time. Which is still better than Char­lie Day’s scien­tist role. I actu­ally wanted the Kaiju to eat him.

I think the prob­lem here really is that I have learned to expect more from Guillermo del Toro than just well executed action sequences. And this time out… there isn’t any more. 

If you’re in the right mood then just sit back and enjoy giant monsters fight­ing giant robots.

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