Pacific Rim, American movie (2013)

Hello everyone, it’s time to get things kicking into high gear with another movie review. This one will be the first science fiction film review for the current Theme month and it was requested by Bizarre Brunette. Now, if you don’t know who she is yet, I suggest you quickly take a trip over to her blog as I am pretty sure she will appreciate it. I came across her blog somewhere last year and I really love the content it contains. She covers a very diverse amount of topics with posts about boardgames, novels, comic books, real life, tv-series, and the list just goes on and on. Needless to say, it is a blog that is well worth checking out, as it has something in it for everyone. And just like most bloggers, she is also a very kind person who always responds to your comments. So head on over there and start reading her posts! Bizarre Brunette has requested a review for the awesome blockbuster Pacific Rim that was directed by the talented director Guillermo del Toro. It is a movie that I myself love very much as well, and when I rewatched it for this review I think it must now be the fourth or fifth time that I have seen the film. So, all systems go: let’s get started on the review!

The Review

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Row, row, row your boat…gently down the, erm…robot?

One day an enormous and monstrous creature arises from the ocean depths and begins to wreak havoc on humanity. After a long and bloody struggle that left thousands dead, the monster, that gets nicknamed Kaiju, is finally defeated. But just when everyone thinks it’s over, another Kaiju arrives, and then another, and another….With every passing day the human race struggles to stay upright against these monsters. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Former differences are set aside and everyone in the world bands together to create a new weapon system: The Jaegers. These giant robots that are piloted by two people, are finally beginning to turn the tide and humanity is slowly starting to win the war. Or so they think. The terrible aliens are quick to adapt and more powerful and deadly Kaiju’s start appearing, and slowly but surely the Jaegers are beginning to lose ground. Twelve years after the first monster appeared, the funding for the Jaeger program has stopped and instead money has been put into building giant walls. But this plan seems pretty futile. Meanwhile in Hong Kong, Marshal Stacker Pentecost is in command of the final four remaining robots. He has a plan that might put an end to the alien threat once and for all. But he will need the help of the former Jaeger pilot called Raleigh. But Raleigh has a severe trauma from his past, and is very reluctant to help out. And with the attacks of the Kaiju becoming ever more frequent, humanity’s dusk seems close at hand……

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Looks like he drew the short end of the stick…..yeah better move on I guess.

Okay, I’m not going to be very subtle in this review so let me just come out and say it right here and right now: I freaking love this movie. It has the word “geek” written all over it, and as I am geek myself and very proud to be one, it is hard to be objective for a film like this. I often hear people say that films such as these are trash and are not even worthy of the name movie. As you all know I love films, but I also have a very open mind when it comes to the type of movies that I watch. I can find enjoyment in arthouse movies, classic films and yes blockbusters such as these. Sometimes it’s just nice to have a movie that isn’t overly complicated but has enormous entertainment value. And this one has just that. It certainly isn’t without it’s flaws, that’s for sure. But before I get to that let me first focus on the things that I love in this movie. For one thing it has giant robots that make the very ground shake, beat the crap out of gigantic alien monstrosities. It is Del Toro’s loveletter to the anime genre known as mecha, that usually features robots piloted by humans fighting either each other or some kind of other threat.

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Look mum, I finally made it on tv!

And boy or boy are these fights fun to watch. In one of my favorite scenes from the film, we have the giant lead robot known as Gypsy Danger fight a Kaiju using a ship as a club. It doesn’t get much better than that. The special effects in this film are astounding and the absolute highlight of this film. But how about the actors? We have a pretty impressive cast that amongst others, features the always charming Idris Elba and Charlie ” Sons of Anarchy”  Hunnam in the lead roles. Idris plays the charismatic Marshal Pentecost and is the driving force in this film. He is calm under fire, has a really commanding presence, and is very protective of the young Japanese woman called Mako. His bond with her is very touching, especially when you learn exactly why he is so protective of her. Charlie plays the brash pilot Raleigh, and while I certainly would not call it on Oscar winning performance it gets the job done. Just like Elba he has a very natural charisma in the way he acts, and that’s why it’s hard not to grow attached to his character. Also be on the lookout for a very hilarious appearance by actor Ron Perlman, who in this film has the best pair of shoes ever seen in a motion picture.

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Get to the chopper!!….whoops…wrong movie.

But yes, I did promise to at least try and stay objective in this review. So, I guess I now have to adress the fact that as mentioned the film also has it’s flaws. There at times is some cringeworthy humor in the movie. Humor is of course a very personal thing, but there were times I just had to roll my eyes at certain scenes. But on a good note, it luckily is nowhere near as bad as in the Michael Bay Transformers movies. Then again if there is anything even worse than the “humor” in those movies, I really don’t want to know. The script of the film admittedly does have a few holes in it. The storyline such as it is, pretty much comes down to having the film move forward from fight sequence to fight sequence. But to be fair, there is also a human element in this film, that definitely creates a kind of heartwarming atmosphere so to speak. Which is saying something as it at certain points is also a very bleak and dark movie.

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I’m blue, laba di laba da…..

But, despite all that, at the end of the day this is just a fun filled movie. The Jaegers and Kaiju beating the living daylights out of each other is pretty much the sole reason why you should see this film. The other one being the fun characters that really also create a heart in this movie that goes along with all the special effects. If you like your films to have a deeply layered storyline, it is probably very wise to avoid this one. If you are like me though, and you want to keep your inner child alive, this is the movie to do that with. Later this year the sequel for this film will be arriving in theatres. Having seen the trailer for it I honestly have to admit I don’t get the same vibe from it as this one. It looks like it’s going to be more of the same, only a little bit less impressive. But then again I could be wrong. You can definitely expect a review from me for part 2 later this year. For now though I hope you enjoyed this one!

I give Pacific Rim a 9 out of 10 score.

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86 thoughts on “Pacific Rim, American movie (2013)”

      1. Haha, well…it is, and it isn’t 😊😊 It definitely has much more of an Asian feel to it, and it’s just a great movie to celebrate the Mecha genre 😊 That….and it’s seriously cool lol 😂

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    1. I love this movie too! It’s just so much fun…a true blockbuster, that you just can relax to. Admittedly I have to say that the trailer for part 2 doesn’t really give me that same wow feeling that I had the first time, but I’m still going to go and see it of course. Looking forward to it 😊

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  1. This was an interesting movie. I had some pacing issues with it, but I love the concept, and the way the robots move and the teamwork. Visually it is great. Basically, it is a lot of fun once it gets going.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. Great review.

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    1. That’s exactly why I love it so much too. The entire design of these robots is very ingenious. They really put some thoughts into it, and the fights and effects are serious fun to behold. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the review 😊

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  2. I freaking love this movie. You are right, it has flaws, but it achieves exactly what it set out to do. Be an ott action mecha kaiju cinema romp, with a fantastic musical score. I eagerly await the second installment which is out this year. I heard rumours this was going to be set in the same universe as 2014 Godzilla, but I suspect now that they “Monster-Verse” appears to be a thing, that won’t happen. I am almost sad about that, but I feel that the 2014 godzilla was dark and serious in a way that Pacific Rim really isn’t.

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    1. Well there are very few movies that don’t have flaws really. But what it has in flaws it more than makes up for in the fun department 😊😊 Yeah Godzilla and the last King Kong movie have a much darker vibe to them, so as much fun as that would be, I don’t think we will see a crossover between these happening.
      I hope the 2nd installment won’t screw things up though. The trailers did not have that same wow factor I had with the first one, but nonetheless I am looking forward to it as well. 😊😊

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    1. Haha..well I have a couple of movies like that lying around as well. In fact my to watch list is just way too big.
      But this is a highly entertaining film so I hope you will enjoy it. Thank you for reading and I am glad to hear you enjoyed my review 😀

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  3. Cringe-worthy humour AND giant robots?? How have I NOT seen this movie?!?! … It was one of those movies that I couldn’t tell what it was so I just didn’t give it a chance (it’s cabin in the woods all over again!!) I’ll definitely have to check it out. It’ll probably wind up being one of my favourite movies. Lol! By the way, if you’re taking nominations for this month’s theme might I recommend my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE movie?? ‘Southland Tales’?? I won’t be offended if you don’t like it, remember, I loke some weird stuff! Lol! And I guarantee you’ll walk away thinking ‘… What just happened??’ 😂😂😄

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    1. Haha 😂😂 Well sometimes there are films that seem to pass us by…and for some reason we skip them, and in the end we end up regretting it. But the good thing about movies is, they can always be watched at any time. This is a really fun film. Just one of those highly relaxing films that you can just sit back to, shut your mind off for a few hours and just enjoy.
      Well…the nominations for this month have closed ( I made a kind of contest out of it somewhere in january), but I tell you what, I wil add it to my list, and if there is time I will definitely see if I can watch it and write a post for it. I always enjoy finding out about new movies that I haven’t seen yet 😊😊

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  4. Interesting review. I’m not big into mainstream movies, but I did see this one in theaters when it came out before I got back into blogging. It’s a fun movie with some great acting in it. There are times where it comes off as a nerd bait movie, but I do appreciate this compared to other mainstream films.

    As you may or may not know, Pacific Rim did have some controversy with anime fans because it’s been called a rip-off of Neon Genesis Evangelion. I can see some similarities and I know Guillermo Del Toro has been influenced by tokusatsu and mecha anime, but I wouldn’t call it a rip-off. I’m a fan of Paprika and Kimba the White Lion, and those anime properties were stolen in worse ways (with legit evidence, no less) than Evangelion was in regards to Pacific Rim. Some otakus need to calm down.

    Good job, Raistlin!

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words and your cool comment 😊😊
      Pacific Rim is one of those movies that you either love or hate I guess. It’s certainly nerdbait, there is no denying that I guess. But it’s still very good nerdbait.
      I am not suprised at the response to it at the time I guess. It is hard to make something original in the first place, but Del Toro had simply the attention that showed his love for this particular genre of anime…and not really coping it, but just making more of an homage to it 😊😊
      But yeah true some people take fandom yo a whole other level at times 😂😂

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      1. You’re welcome. I do like Pacific Rim, but it’s not my favorite movie ever, I do confess. It’s certainly nerd bait, but it’s better than other nerd bait movies I’ve seen. Hahaha!

        I agree that it’s more of an homage to mecha and kaiju movies. Shoot, that’s what the monsters are called. How meta can you get with a title like that? Trust me, I’ve seen worse examples when it comes to stuff getting ripped off or are ripoffs, and Pacific Rim isn’t one of those movies. I agree with fandoms taking themselves too seriously. Haha!

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      1. Yes, popcorn entertainment is the perfect description here. I’m fascinated by Del Toro, he has a really vivid imagination and style. His movies often remind me of very dark fairy tales.

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    1. Than trust me: if you love that stuff, you are going to love this one. The opening scenes alone were enough to give me goosebumps when I saw at the theatre at the time of it’s release.
      But yes this year the sequel is going to be hitting the theatres. I hope you will enjoy this one 😊😊 Not quite convinced about the sequel yet…but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for it 😊

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  5. I always love how you write the synopsis. It’s such a fun! I too like this film, though I haven’t got to the point where I love it. Still, this is film is fun and I can’t wait for the sequel. Great review, by the way! I always love reading your reviews! 😊😊

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  6. I thought that this was just another typical American action film, but I didn’t realize it had anime influences. Huh. If there’s a sequel coming out, maybe they’ll start playing it on TV a lot and I’ll tune in. Otherwise, I just would not give it a second glance before this review.

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    1. It really is something that a lot of people think: oh it’s one of those again. But no, this one definitely has more of an Asian influence to it than it’s American. Yeah it will probably be shown on tv at some point this year. You can bet on that 😊Hope you will enjoy it! 😀

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      1. Aww, sweetheart, no apology is necessary 😘😘 I completely understand. Take your time. Also..my competition for 1000 followers is online with some cool prizes that can be won. So….😉😉
        Take care..and I hope your kids will be allright 😘

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      2. Oh…I’m so sorry to hear this. It will be okay. That’s not going to happen. Please take care, and as I mentioned in my email…you are all in my prayers. Please take care sweety…and remember if you want to talk I am always there for you 😘❤️

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    1. You are welcome 😀 Yes, same here. I just hope the sequel doesn’t ruin the original. The trailers for me didn’t look that promising, but I hope I am wrong and it’s going to be a fun film just like the first one 😊

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    1. And this is the second comment I rescued. Ughh,,Wordpress can sometimes be really crazy. Haha..yes the Australian accepts were at times pretty bad. But other than that, I really loved this film. Hope you had fun with the rewatch and thank you again for your comment 😊

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      1. I loved it more watching it again…it’s such a great treat to watch…loved Idris Alba in it too….and the more times I rewatch it, the more things I pick up. It’s a detailed and fully articulate world they built….

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  7. Oohh so this is one of your favorites! I have to admit I’m not a Michael Bay fan, especially not of his scripts, but no one can deny his movies can be quite fun. At one point they might get a bit too much and even repetitive, but if you go in expecting something deep and powerful then of course you’ll be disappointed hahaha
    I remember my boyfriend and his friends enjoying this one but saying it really didn’t showcase much other than action action action. Which is still fine!
    I’m very peculiar with my humor and always find Bay’s scripts super cheesy, so I know what you mean. Glad it didn’t take away from your enjoyment! 🙂
    Amazing review, of course!

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    1. Well…luckily this one was not directed by Michael Bay but Guillermo del Toro (Which trust me, makes all the difference). I really liked the fact that this wasn’t all action…but just a lot of fun to satisfy that total geek in me 😂😂
      But it’s definitely not a movie that can be enjoyed by everyone. That’s a fact. Thanks for your kind words and support. Truly appreciate it every time 😊😊

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  8. Oooh where did I get the idea it was by Bay? Guess from when you mentioned it somewhere in the review hahaha Sorry about that! 😅
    I’m not very familiar with del Toro’s work but it makes sense that his movies would be more enjoyable. I’ve always heard great things about him. I think his latest one is The Shape of Water which looks really beautiful but I’m not too keen on the story. We’ll see 🙂
    And of course, any time! 😊

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  9. Hmmm… I think I saw this movie and for some reason (which I can’t remember) I wasn’t a fan… I think it was the robot thing 😀 hahaha… The robots are always a bit of an ‘on the fence’ thing for me, but I love that you loved this movie so much… I feel like I need to give this another chance just to explore it again! 🙂

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    1. Haha, yeah I have to admit I am reall a robot geek. So…yeah if you don’t like robots, then this one is definitely best avoided. But honestly, it is also the characters themselves that make this film fun to watch. Hopefully you will enjoy it the second time around 😊

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    1. Thanks so much 😊😊 I love Del Toro as well. I hope to see his new movie on saturday (the shape of water) as I have heard great things about it. The fun thing about him is that he can make films in pretty much any genre. That is really what I love about him. And this is just one of those sit back and enjoy movies 😊😊

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  10. I totally agree with your review! I LOVED this movie, and Del Toro always delivers in the blockbuster space. I am a huge fan of his work. My only gripe was the terrible Australian accents but I actually found over time that it just contributed to the film’s charm. I’ve seen it at least five times and I can’t wait for the sequel!

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    1. Haha..yeah those accent certainly weren’t the best lol 😂😂 Besides that though, this was a fun film. I’ve seen it either 4 or 5 times (lost count 😅😅😂😂) but it’s been a blast every time. Hopefully part 2 is going to deliver the goods 😊😊

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