Original Date: July 12, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, what we have here is possibly one of the most hyped sci-fi movies of 2013 that’s not a sequel, prequel, based off a toy line, or existing property that nobody really cares about until it gain some popularity. Made by a director who said it himself that most of his inspiration of the movie comes from Kaiju films and mecha anime (more Gundam, less Evangelion – and no, it’s not live-action Evangelion) and who always made visually-stunning films (Mimic, the Hellboy movies, Blade II), this is practically the movie that hardcore film nerds, sci-fi nerds, anime nerds, whatever kind of other nerds have been waiting for.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving 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 up to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Let me just said that I didn’t like this movie……….. I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!
Oh, I was really worried about this movie for a second due to the surrounding hype by the internet that might ended up biting me in the ass but fortunately, I was wrong. This movie easily became my favorite movie of the year so far.
I get that that when people heard of this movie, they were expecting something in the vein of Transformers but thankfully it wasn’t like that. The movie just had a simple and straightforward plot without having any convoluted and confusing details that most screenwriters plays off as deep or profound. The dialogue may not be the brightest and clichéd (mostly Charlie Hunnam’s character’s background) but it wasn’t filled with any unnecessary jokes or gags to interrupt the tension. It’s got a steady balance of studying and showcasing the characters and the action sequences of the Jaegers fighting the Kaiju, that way you won’t feel too bored watching people talking or the fighting and for a 2-hour movie, it flows naturally by not dragging it too long.
I might be fooling myself by saying this (or not) but this movie did get some emotional response to me whenever they show the main characters’ past connecting to the Kaiju and working with the Jaegers as they say in the film they need 2 people to pilot the thing, especially with Mako Mori with her piloting the Jaeger for the first time, who is one of my favorite characters of the movie but then again I liked every character and actor playing the part of this movie. Charlie Hunnam may have the clichéd character type of dealing with piloting the Jaeger after his brother’s death but it was handled pretty well. Rinko Kikuchi does the role excellent playing the female lead and partner (and yet, she really almost reminds me of Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan) without playing the romantic angle. That shit does not happen here thankfully. That’s something movies like the Transformers trilogy and Battleship failed to do, only doing the basic tired Hollywood formula of these movies since 2007. Charlie Day and Ron Perlman really bring the humor in the midst of this as it made it less depressing to steer away from the cynical area where most blockbusters tend to do. Idris Elba is definitely on his game with his performance as Stacker Pentecost, having that spark that made him a lead and yet I kind of feel bad for Tom Cruise for turning this part down…….well, not really. Actually, I could care less if he played the part.
There were plenty of orgasmic fights of kaiju and Jaeger going hand to hand and the best footage they got wasn’t used in the trailers, so there’s another plus. The music really captured my attention, having it done by Ramin Djawadi, who’s famous for scoring films like Iron Man & Game of Thrones and I also noticed Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine having his part of that and one more thing is that the ending song for the movie “Drift”, was written and performed by Blake Perlman, Ron Perlman’s daughter and of course, The RZA. I didn’t even know he was involved in this until now.
FINAL VERDICT: Yeah, see this movie. No, really, just stop what you are doing and see this movie. I don’t care how you see it (well, as long as you pay for it. It deserves your money). See it in 2D, 3D, Real D 3D, IMAX 3D (which many people are going to recommend) but still, this is one of the rare summer sci-fi movies that definitely deserves your attention. Also stay for a little bit after the first portion of the credits.
So, how high am I ranking Pacific Rim?
BETTER THAN SEX!
And until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka Blue Hybrid, canceling the apocalypse with one big Jaeger (although I need another person to partner up with)
PACIFIC RIM – courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment / Legendary Pictures