MOVIE REVIEW: Pacific Rim – When You Combine The Matrix With Transformers


Written By: Justin Morales

Director:  Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day

Pacific Rim starts with Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) explaining the history and the rise of the Kaiju, the monsters terrorizing Earth. The Kaiju’s entered Earth from a portal that is located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The first Kaiju that entered Earth killed thousands of humans and it took six months for the humans to defeat the Kaiju. Humanity needed a new approach on fighting the Kaiju, enemy countries had to let go of their differences and work together if they wanted to see another day. Their solution: the creation of the Jaegers, a robot fighting machine in which is piloted by at least two humans. The Jaegers seemed to be the solution as the Kaijus went down with ease. Raleigh and his brother happened to be pilots of a Jaeger and they were one of the best until one battle in which a Kaiju took away the life of Raleigh’s brother. The loss was too much for him and he then retired as a pilot and entered construction.

Five years later the government discontinued the Jaeger program and the Kaijus are all but ready to destroy the world. General Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) has yet to give up on the Jaeger program and finds Raleigh to pilot the robots with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) for one last stand. Dr. Hermann Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) and Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) come up with a strategy with the help with the remaining Jaegers to destroy the portal in which the Kaijus are coming through and end the war for good. The strategy is easier said than done and time is of the essence as the Kaiju appear more frequently. Raleigh and company must act swiftly as the fate of humanity depends on them.

Pacific Rim is one of those rare movies in which I recommend seeing in 3D. The acting isn’t to die for but Charlie Day’s comic relief was well put together. I do have a problem with the actors that were casted as doctors. Charlie Day was the funny nerd and Burn Gorman played the serious one, not the duo you would expect to be in charge of the program that is set to save the world. But like I said, the comic relief delivered was on point.

The fighting scenes were bittersweet, yes they had their intense moments but the scenery for the fights were way off. As you can see by the gifs posted above, the fighting scenes tended to be in dark settings which made it hard to see things clearly. They were just too fast. There is one scene in which the Kaiju and Jaeger fight during the day which made a huge difference. The fighting scenes are what usually attract audiences and if you can’t tell what’s happening, what’s the point?

I recommend this film for a younger audience of teenagers because the only thing going for it is the action scenes and I highly recommend this film on Blu Ray. I feel as if Guillermo del Toro saved a lot of history of the Kaijus for a sequel or prequel and according to Heat Vision, a sequel is already in the works.

What The Delio?: 6.5/10