Long ago, legions of monstrous creatures called Kaiju arose from the sea, bringing with them all-consuming war. To fight the Kaiju, mankind developed giant robots called Jaegers, designed to be piloted by two humans locked together in a neural bridge. However, even the Jaegers are not enough to defeat the Kaiju, and humanity is on the verge of defeat. Mankind's last hope now lies with a washed-up ex-pilot (Charlie Hunnam), an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) and an old, obsolete Jaeger.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ron Perlman, Idris Elba
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Here's the bottom line: "Pacific Rim" delivers spectacular special effects and compelling characters on too short a development leash, a fatigue factor that starts to undermine the off-the-charts action and too much similarity to so many other films (picture Godzilla vs. Transformers). How many times have we seen creatures, machines, super-heroes slam each other into buildings with city-destroying results? Plus, this movie is just too long.
"Pacific Rim" requires 131 minutes of your life and a post viewing hearing test... See Full Review3 Thanks ·
It's definitely entertaining... The Robot Alien fights are what make it worth your time. The main character's story is cheesy and soap operaish... Me and my buddy we're laughing at many of the forced melodramatics... (Although their was some wide-eyed 13 year olds by us who didn't seem to understand our laughter) Don't take yourself so seriously. Give us some wise cracks like Tony Stark or those Hell Boy movies.3 Thanks ·
Epic, awesome sauce! Had fun the whole time.July 13th, 2013 · Details3 Thanks ·
People that say this isn't worth your time, they are not interested in an action-packed Robots vs Alien fight-movie. The Critics, pay no attention to the critics! This movie felt like it was 3/4 action and 1/4 dialogue. And you know what? For this movie, that was ok. In fact it was welcome, because I wanted to see a movie of robots and aliens fighting, not dialogue, not character development, or any of the things that generally make a movie good. I wanted action, fighting, awesome special effects, and I got it!
Over-bearing special effects...? Nope. The sfx were not over-bearing, I soaked it all up and loved every second of it! Is it predictable? Sure. But going into this movie, do you really even bother to care about the end of the means? No. You care about what happens in the middle. That's what this whole movie is touted around. It's every 12 year old boys' fantasy to have their robot action figures fighting their monster action figures - you don't care about the outcome. You want to see what it would really be like for your action figures to throw down!
"While fanboys may be delighted, it will not hold the average spectator's attention. -Claudia Puig USA TODAY" I am not a fan of Gundam Robots, Godzilla or the like. I do like a good action movie. As a boy, I have wanted to know what it would be like for my action figures to come to life and duke it out... and I got my childhood fantasies fulfilled! I am the average spectator, Ms. Puig! I think it is more accurate to say that the odds of the stereo typical soccer mom will probably not like this movie.
The predictability of the story, the shallow relationship behind the 2 main love-interests, and the typically predictable character personalities... all of this is forgivable and happily over-looked, so you can get right down to the action. And I can't express how much I loved this movie.
0 sexual content.
Half a dozen swear words.
Loads and loads of action.
Some of the imagery and scenes are probably too intense and scary for younger viewers.
3.5/4 stars!3 Thanks ·
This movie was a blast from start to finish. Very much a guy movie. No real plot, just a grand excuse to show ginormous robots taking on massive genetically modified dinosaurs. No thought needed for this movie. Two hours of pure cinematographic eye candy, laden with effects and explosions. Enough to bring out the kid in any guy.
No sex; not even a kiss. No blood; just sparks and glowing dinosaur goo. Minimal swearing. A plethora of awesomeness.
I'm glad I saw it in the theatre. A big screen made all the difference.2 Thanks ·
Transformers meet Godzilla with an inspiring speech worthy of Independence Day. There, now you know the whole plot of Pacific Rim, the summer‚Äôs latest popcorn blockbuster. My movie buff son absolutely loved it and said ‚ÄúI‚Äôd give it a TEN and see it AGAIN!‚Äù This is one that movie goers will line up for again and again.
My son who is currently an animation student in college said it included all of his favorite things: giant robots kicking alien butt in the Lovecraft genre style of horror, complete with lots of explosions, a cute Asian girl, Japanese references, Director Guillermo del Toro, and amazing CGI. He even got a kick out of hearing the same actress who voices the popular video game ‚ÄúPortal.‚Äù He said the only thing he thought the movie lacked was Liam Neeson. Ha ha
You probably won‚Äôt recognize a lot of the actors, such as big screen newbies Charlie Hunnam and Diego Klattenhoff, who play brothers whose minds become linked when fighting inside a giant robot called a Jaeger, designed to fight cool alien creatures from the sea. The actors actually look alike, as does Burn Gorman, another Jaeger fighter who tries to save the world from threatening monsters. You will, however, get a kick out of seeing Hellboy‚Äôs Ron Perlman, who plays Hannibal Chau, named after one of his favorite villains and food. Director Guillermo del Toro admitted that if he could ever form a neural handshake with anyone that it would be Ron Perlman. Yeah. I think Ron Perlman has been in every single one of Guillermo del Toro‚Äôs movies.
The movie has that ‚ÄúRock ‚Äòem Sock ‚Äòem Robots‚Äù feel to it and is even a little comic book clich√©d, but it has enough incredible CGI special effects to fill the Pacific Ocean. Watching it in 3D will keep you right inside the action, but if you‚Äôre sitting too close to an IMAX screen you will get swallowed up by it.
Unlike some alien movies, you get to see a LOT of these creatures up close. They‚Äôre super cool-looking, scary, and even have some pretty Avatar blue streaks and ooze. Director Guillermo del Toro includes a whirling mixture of digital, analog, complicated mechanisms, iconic big Russians, funky science with alien body parts, Iron Man mobility, and Steam Punk. The sound effects are beyond big and cool. Rinko Kikuchi as a little girl is the cutest thing ever.
Idris Elba‚Äôs delightful accent underscores the movies theme that it takes the whole world‚Äôs efforts to save itself. The ‚Äúdrift‚Äù introduces the idea of two people‚Äôs minds united in a common cause. Who would YOU want to join with in the ‚Äúdrift‚Äù? No spoiler alert here: the world is saved and you‚Äôll leave the theater with a silly grin on your face.
Two fun quotes from the flick that show how it doesn‚Äôt take itself too seriously:
‚ÄúWe can either sit here and do nothing or we can grab those flare guns and go out there and do something really stupid.‚Äù (Herc Hansen)
‚ÄúToday, at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today we face the monsters that are at our door. Today we are canceling the apocalypse!‚Äù (Stacker Pentecost)July 17th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
I've been waiting for this film for so long and I was fascinated. It is so nice that I can't render my emotions by words, only Go and Watch IT!July 25th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Normally, I‚Äôm not a huge fan of big and loud, especially if it‚Äôs just for big and loud‚Äôs sake. But ‚ÄúPacific Rim‚Äù is so completely committed to being the BIGGEST AND LOUDEST movie you‚Äôve ever experienced that I have to admit to being somewhat impressed... See Full Review1 Thank ·
What can I say about Pacific Rim in IMAX 3D. It's over 2 hours of shutting off your brain, getting some popcorn and watching huge aliens fighting robots. Basically it's Godzilla vs. Transformers!
The year is around 2020 and aliens have been attacking Earth for sometime now. The world leaders come together and decide the best way to defeat the aliens is to build the robots. Things go well for a while but overtime the aliens adapt and the robots and the "pilots" who move the robots aren't as successful.
A former "pilot" is thrust back into the warfare as things are getting bleak for the humans and he's teamed up with a rookie to pilot one last mission to save the earth.
What is wrong with this movie is there were times during the movie where it was hard to hear the dialogue. You are combining people from all over the world so you have American accents, Chinese accents, English accents, Australian accents, etc so sometimes you strain to understand what they are saying. Also the swearing was a bit much at times. For a military movie the language is pretty mild but overall it was still a bit much. The movie is pretty predictable and the story behind the love interest is kinda...blah, but who cares, it's aliens fighting robots for crying out loud! That's all I wanted to see and that's what I got so it's all good.
What's cool about this movie is...well it's robots vs. aliens and total destruction! The concept of how they get the robots to move is pretty cool. it's 2 "pilots" and they are hooked up not only to the inside of the robot but also to each other, the official name is called "Drifting". The pilots are in each others minds so they know exactly what they are to do to move and fight with the robot. The better the two pilots know each other and work together the better fighters they are.
There's probably more destruction in this movie than there is in Man of Steel. I mean who doesn't want to see a robot beat up an alien with a tanker ship!
There is a scene in this movie where the main character, played by Charlie Hunnam, goes into the memory of his rookie co-pilot and sees what happens to her as a little girl in Hong Kong. The performance by this little girl was incredible! I've never seen a child actor do such an amazing job of crying and showing fear, etc in any movie I've seen.
Don't expect oscar nominated acting or dialogue. Just go into this movie knowing you are going to see monsters fighting aliens and just enjoy it!
I would highly recommend seeing this movie in IMAX because if you see it in regular format you will miss out on the large scope of this movie. The only problem is, is that if you want to see this movie in IMAX you have to see it in 3D because there's no 2D IMAX (similar to Star Trek: Into Darkness). But I gotta say the 3D was done well, which is a bonus because most movies in 3D don't really do anything all that great.
I would Pacific Rim would be for 13 years old and older due to language and the intensity of the aliens as well as the violence. Avoid taking the younger kids because the aliens can be pretty frightening for them. Fortunately there's no sexual content or dialogue in this movie. 3.25 out of 4 stars.1 Thank ·
The story was not great but the action was enjoyable. Just don't expect too much and you'll be alright.February 3rd, 2014 · Details
This show ended up being more enjoyable than I expected. There were parts of this movie that were a lot far fetched, but this movie really works. Nothing to write home about, but it is a fun popcorn movie.December 6th, 2013 · Details
Loved Charlie Hunnam. This movie was one of the best alien type of movies I have seen in a long time.October 28th, 2013 · Details
Pacific Rim was fun to watch from a visual standpoint. The creatures and robots and destruction are well designed and compelling. The acting, not so much.
If you like giant monster movies like Godzilla, or pine for the old Ultraman days, Pacific Rim is a treat.
With filters, the film is appropriate for young teens and up. Youngsters might be a bit frightened in some spots... See Full ReviewOctober 21st, 2013 · Details
awesome movie full of ActionAugust 13th, 2013 · Details
For the most part, this movie will inspire boredom and frustration. It's over two hours long, but feels much longer because the action scenes are so repetitive and even the impressive 3-D effects will leave all but the most dedicated fan boys shifting in their seats checking their watches... See Full Review
I've been waiting for this movie for several months. The movie did not disappoint. Robots are fantastic.July 30th, 2013 · Details
Stupid show with great action and special effects.July 26th, 2013 · Details
While two battling scientists (Burn Gorman and Charlie Day) provide the comic relief in this movie, this script still packs a punch‚Äîliterally. Despite being outfitted with guns and missiles, the robots most often engage in hand-to-hand combat with their enemy... See Full Review
Anyone with a hankering for a 21st-century Godzilla movie, or anxiously awaiting the next "Transformers" installment, will cheer the advent of "Pacific Rim" (Warner Bros.).
Those not clamoring for either of the above yet amenable to an escapist sci-fi spectacle (also available in 3-D and Imax) should also welcome it... See Full Review
Pacific Rim was a movie about humans trying to beat aliens who set out to take over Earth. The action is intense as the humans try to save their planet. It was very fast paced and the camera jerked around a lot during the fast scenes. The human scenes were predictable, but still enjoyable. There was minimal profanity.
I'm writing this review as a parent. I went by myself since (a) I grew up on Japanese anime of monsters vs. robots and (b) I wasn't sure if it was suitable for my oldest. In terms of myself, I loved the movie. The fight scenes, style, and oddball characters are right out of Robotech and all the other early morning Japanese cartoons I used to watch.
I rated this a 12 since most of the violence is robot vs. monster. My kid who's 11 could handle this. She's read far worse in books. The movie is pretty chaste and is far better than the sex and nudity you'll see in the 8-9 slot of prime-time TV. There's less profanity in this movie than there is in my house :)
I'm trying to avoid details that would spoil the movie, but I know some parents will want to know these. Here goes...
For violence, there's a some training combat between people and one fist fight. You can see people with bruises, drops of blood, and scars but you're not going to see typical del Toro human gore. There are humans who die at the hands of monsters. However, their deaths are comparable to things you'd see in Star Wars. There are a couple scenes that surprise the audience.
Having said this, there -is- a lot of blue monster gore and there are certainly ripped apart monsters. The classic del Toro "monster part in a clear liquid jar" scenes are in this movie too. As in the trailers, there are rotting carcasses, etc.
I disagree about the rating of 2 for sex and nudity. A woman looks at a shirtless guy and there's almost no affection beyond parent-child and sibling displays. All the women had actual clothes on.July 12th, 2013 · Details
Robots fighting Monsters!! What could be better. It is just pure action and fun!
Del Toro‚Äôs robots have weight and mass, and their epic, Hong Kong-smashing fights with the four and six-legged, clawed and horned monsters are visually coherent, unlike the messy blur of the ‚ÄúTransformers‚Äù movies. There‚Äôs a light, humorous feel to ‚ÄúPacific Rim‚Äù because the science is silly and logic takes a flying leap.
In a cinema season where the laws of physics take a vacation (‚ÄúFast & Furious 6‚Ä≥), where everyone‚Äôs mad for the apocalypse ‚Äî from the Biblical to the zombie-induced ‚Äî ‚ÄúPacific Rim‚Äù must be the maddest of all... See Full Review