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Giant robots fighting giant monsters. If the prospect of that doesn’t excite you then Pacific Rim is not the film for you.
It’s a film for the power rangers generation which is sure to amaze young boys everywhere and make grown men feel like kids again.
It’s by no means great and when it focuses on the human characters it borderlines on dreadful but when the action kicks off you can’t help but be taken in by the spectacle of it all.
When I was in the toilet afterwards, a guy who saw it the same time told me he’d not seen anything like it on screen before and to a degree he’s right. You have robots with extendable swords and elbow rockets battling monsters through cities. The chaos and damage inflicted is on an epic scale, rivalling the action of Man of Steel, and it’s awesome.
It’s just a shame about the rest of the film.
It has some of the worst performances I’ve seen in years and for the most part the acting hardly rises above a television level. Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost manages to save most of the scenes though and proves what an intense and brilliant actor he is. If ever there was to be a black James Bond, my money would be on him.
Despite this, the film suffers with massive pacing issues and at times tries so hard to bring some kind of emotion into proceedings that it’s just embarrassing.
Fans of Guillermo del Toro won’t be disappointed and despite being worlds apart from Pans Labyrinth, it’s still as visually entertaining and is a massive benchmark for the director.
Pacific Rim is a film which will more than likely have audiences rolling their eyes through a lot of it. Overall though I really enjoyed it and it had me smiling throughout the action and laughing at the cheesy one liners and poor acting.
Go with a couple of mates and perhaps save your girlfriend from the male testosterone that fills this film or take your son or nephew and watch their faces light up with joy. After all it’s giant robots fighting giant monsters.