Pacific Rim (quick movie review)

It’s not Voltron, it’s not Power Rangers, it’s Pacific Rim! And, it’s full of jaw dropping eye candy, but the story is full of developed characters and interesting plot points. It may not be a ground breaking film, (it breaks buildings instead), but Pacific Rim is a ton of fun.

Guillermo del Toro directs and tag teams with Travis Beacham on the screenplay for a flick that is much better and more entertaining than it has any right to be, considering there really is nothing new here. Besides the aforementioned Voltron and Power Rangers, we had a movie about fighting robots (Real Steel) just a few years before, and we’ve had countless Godzilla movies over the decades and with the recent Transformers movies, there’s been no short of giant things crashing into each other and wrecking the place. Oh, and then there’s Man of Steel, flattening both Smallville and Metropolis all in the same movie. Again, we’ve seen it all before, but somehow, it’s fresh and interesting here. That’s probably because del Toro and Beacham do such a great job of making you care about the characters. That’s easily the biggest accomplishment of this movie – compelling characters filled in by excellent actors who give great performances makes for interesting action.

Sure, "it’s not Shakespeare," as I am found of saying. I couldn’t figure out why the Jaegers had no air or ground support – it seems as though a jet dropping bombs or a tank firing shells would be a welcomed addition to these battles. I also have no idea why the Jaegers aren’t outfitted with more weapons – that sword device really seemed to come in handy. And then there’s the Jaeger pilots, who are mentally connected to each other by the machine, so… why are they talking to each other? (I know, it’s for the benefit of the audience, but that doesn’t mean it makes any sense.) I also couldn’t figure out why the world leaders were continuing to back a strategy that they knew was doomed to fail… because it had already failed… but whatever.

The cast is a "Where do I know him from?" game that Dr. Girlfriend won handily. I only got the easy one: Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The more challenging spots included Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises), Idris Elba (both Thor movies, an extended stint on The Office USA version), Charlie Hunnam (Undeclared) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy… and a zillion other things).

Pacific Rim is solid entertainment that might be a bit too much for the real little kiddies, but most audiences should be able to handle it. I’m giving it an 8.5 out of 10, which is about as solid a recommendation as you’re going to get from me.

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