We haven’t had a good Mech movie in a long time…at least not any that hasn’t been a Gundam/Evangelion spinoff. America hasn’t made a decent Giant Robot/Mech movie in a LONG time. And don’t bring “Real Steel” into this. Cause that doesn’t count as Giant Robot/Mech. So suddenly the spanish director Guillermo del Toro comes and brings us a movie featuring Giant Mechs. But did he make a good movie?
Let us take a look at the Mega-Nerd movie “Pacific Rim”.
In the ocean, a giant inter-dimensional rift has opened. And what comes out of it? Giant monsters who want to murder us all. They destroy cities and kill countless amounts of people. Mankind is tired of this and have come up with a way to take down the monsters known as “Kaiju (Japanese, Giant Monster)”. They made giant death machines called “Jaegers (German, Hunters)”. These Jaegers are giant mechs that can as far as I know, beat Kaiju ass. One day when Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and his brother Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) goes to kill a Kaiju, they get some problem with the battle. Yancy dies and Raleigh comes out of the badly damaged Gipsy Danger (Their Jaeger). Skip ahead a few years and Raleigh works at a construction area building a big wall to stop Kaijus (that eat Mechs and buildings for breakfast). One day at the construction site Raleigh gets visted by his old ally/boss Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) who gives him the offer to work driving Jaegers again. Raleigh takes the offer and starts working at the “Shatterdome”. At the area they have repaired Gipsy Danger again. There are also new Jaeger pilots as well. At this “Shatterdome” Raleigh meets the aspiring Jaeger pilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) whom he kinda falls in love with. The plot in this movie is average. What I can say though that is kind of related to the plot is that this movie looks fucking fantastic. The effects are amazing for the type of movie it is. It is also well directed.
The characters are nothing to brag about. You got Raleigh who is the hero, the girl he falls in love with in the form of Mako, the commander-guy Stacker, the bully Chuck Hansen and the two scientists who can’t get along (Charlie Day and Burn Gorman).
The soundtrack of this movie is great. Kind of with the same reasons as why I really like the “Metal Gear Rising” soundtrack. It is a great mix of epic orchestra and rock/metal. The soundtrack here was composed by Ramin Djawadi who is kind of well known for his work on Prison Break and Game of Thrones. The other one doing a lot for the soundtrack is the famous and awesome guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine).
When this movie came out it got some mixed opinions up its ass. A lot of good, but also a lot of good ones. Most of the “good” ones were for the fucking A-grade effects. It for example was nominated for a BAFTA just for the effects.
This movie got a stort that has a lot of potential, but they didn’t utilize all of it when making this. I wish they would have done that though. Otherwise this movie is great. And as a nerd I am giving it extra cred simply for the fact that it is a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters. And I love Burn Gorman, fun to see him in a major role again. And it might help that I love Guillermo del Toro. You know what would have made this the best thing ever? If the final Kaiju they would have fought would have been GODZILLA. I am giving this movie a personal 8,99/10. Go buy it. NOW.
This has been my stupid-ass review of “Pacific Rim”. I’ll see you later.