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Pacific Rim

12 Jul, 2013
2 hrs 12 mins
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When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea, a war begins that takes millions of lives and consumes humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers prove 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.
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Pacific Rim pits robots against monsters in what may be a silly, preposterous premise, but it`s so much fun, you`ll feel like an excited 12-year-old all over again. Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of Pan`s Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies, wastes no time in setting up an elaborate back-story; he lays out the basics in a quick opening voice-over and hits the ground running. The year is 2020, and the world is at threat from giant monsters that have slipped in through a crack in the bed of the Pacific Ocean. These dinosaur-like amphibious creatures, known as kaiju, are fast wiping out entire cities. To take them down, the military has created a fleet of massive robots, or jaegers. Two human pilots whose minds have been biomechanically linked are placed inside the robot`s head so they can control all of its movements. ...Read full review
Stripped down, this movie is essentially about giant robots and giant sea monsters bashing each other up. The Jaeger robots are so large that they require two human operators to form a `drift` (or a `neural bridge`) with each other to act as the left-brain and right-brain hemispheres controlling the mecha-robots from within. The Jaegers are then airlifted out to sea for a supersized slugfest with the Kaiju. Raleigh Becket ( Charlie Hunnam) had lost his brother Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) to the Kaiju and the neural bridge allowed Becket to feel his co-driver brother`s pain in his time of dying. ...Read full review
It`s not often that we get to see a large-scale science fiction blockbuster movie that renders that sense of total admiration on your face. Somewhere in the mid 2000`s giant monsters and robots became a perfunctory, soulless aspect of modern cinema (thanks, Michael Bay). Every tentpole summer blockbuster became simply bigger in scale, but significantly smaller in energy. Del Toro understands that, and rocket punches the apocalypse of mediocre Hollywood cinema in the scrotum. In Pacific Rim he brings his trademark flair for the escapist fun, the entertainingly gross, the nerdy weird, the cheekily comic and the subtly terrifying on a ginormous canvas and delivers the most satisfying action movie in a long, long time. ...Read full review
How I wish `whoawhoawhoawhoa` was a real word. A stream of exclamations would fittingly describe the sense of awe, exhilaration and bewilderment I experienced after watching Guillermo del Toro`s Pacific Rim. As kids, most of us create a dynamic, inaccessible universe in our head wherein a lot of that active imagination is manifested through toys/action figures with young minds manufacturing novel concepts of urgency, crisis, vehemence and heroics. Most of us outgrow the fantastical but some like del Toro hold on to those memories and wait for an opportunity to bring back that kid in forefront again. `The point of being over 40 is to fulfil the desires you`ve been harbouring since you were 7,` he told Time once. ...Read full review