Release Date
July 12, 2013
Guillermo del Toro
Travis Beacham
Guillermo del Toro
Distributed By
Warner Bros. Pictures
$190 million
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language
132 minutes

Pacific Rim

Guillermo del Toro triumphantly steps back into the director’s chair with his version of an epic hero versus monster movie, “Pacific Rim”. What sets “Rim” apart from the onslaught of science fiction action films like the comparable “Transformers” is that del Toro takes a cast of lower level familiar faces like Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Charlie Day and produces a definitive action adventure without even varying the formula that much.

The visuals are captivating, sucking the viewer into this world where giant alien Kaiju battle enormous fighting robots manned by two humans, called Jaegers. There’s a war, and instead of an alien race coming to our rescue (i.e. “Transformers), the humans are protecting themselves with what little resources they have. Despite lacking strong dialogue and following a similar narrative structure that most disaster/invasion films land on, “Pacific Rim” stays relevant by focusing on the action and the power of will, without falling into campy, but still producing laughs and screams of excitement. Charlie Hunnam carries the film nicely, a feat he will conquer many more times in his career. Rising above his cliche dialogue, Idris Elba displays the performance of a future Oscar winner (just not for this film).

The most valuable player of the film, however, is Charlie Day, who adds his own stamp of original humor the film and creates something different and memorable, while furthering the plot on a ground level, paralleling the rest of the film nicely. Charlie Day embraces who he is and makes a name for himself in the process. To put it simply, “Pacific Rim” is the meaning of having fun at the movies, with no expenses spared. Neither revolutionizing the genre nor tarnishing it, really it is just nice to have del Toro back, doing what he does best. Even though this film won’t break any records, it will leave a positive mark on an already massive summer box office.


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