This weekend, Guillermo del Toro take you into the future. In Pacific Rim, the director blends the sic-fi, action and horror genres. It’s Godzilla meets Blade Runner with a dash of An Officer and a Gentleman. That may sound like an odd combination, but somehow del Toro makes it work.

The Players:

  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Writers: Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beachem
  • Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins Jr., Burn Gorman, Diego Klattenhoff
  • Cinematography by: Guillermo Navarro
  • Original Music by: Ramin Djawadi

The Plot:

In the 2020s the world’s all but destroyed due to alien creatures called Kaiju. As a means of defense, humans build giant robots called Jaegers for combat. When the Kaiju’s attacks become more frequent, Marshal Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) has to take desperate measures. He recruits washed up pilot Raliegh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) to help him stop the monsters once and for all.

The Good:

  • Post-apocalyptic World: Pacific Rim isn’t a flashy comic book movie. It’s not as light as Iron Man 3, nor as dull as Man of Steel. It’s a grim reality that takes notes from film noir. After being destroyed by the Kaiju, nations have joined forces giving the landscape an international feel. Large portions of the planet are in ruin, but del Toro balances the harshness with hope.
  • Jaegers and Kaiju: Both the monsters and robots are larger than life. You feel their massive nature. The camera accentuates their height, which overwhelms you but in a good way. They definitely pay homage to the Japanese films within the monster movie genre.
  • 3D: This may be a shock but the 3D looked gorgeous. For a film like this, it actually made sense to have the extra dimension. It really emphasized the action and characters.

The So-So:

  • Clarity: We had no problem following the fight scenes between the Kaiju and Jaegers. We also understood the stakes of each scene and why the action was happening. But some viewers can get confused. A lot of the movie takes place at night, with the addition of rain or ocean water. Therefore, clarity could be an issue.
  • Less is More: We understand there are two pilots needed for every Jaeger. But we don’t necessarily need two scientists with the same wacky personality. Both Charlie Day’s Dr. Newton Geiszler and Burn Gorman’s Gottlieb were essentially the same person. It was quirk overload when just one of them would have sufficed.


Pacific Rim is a welcome change of pace at the crowded box office. We recommend skipping the remakes and sequels, and tackling this sci-fi feast instead.

The Rating: 8/10

Pacific Rim opens in theaters July 12.

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Will you be seeing Pacific Rim this weekend?