Pacific Rim Packs a Rocket Fueled Punch (Movie Review)


Pacific Rim is due to launch on July 12th and there’s speculation as to how well this Kaiju film will do. Kaijus’ are giant monsters and in Pacific Rim they are trying to overtake earth from within the seas of the pacific ocean. Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam of Sons of Anarchy), Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) and Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) pilot huge nuclear powered robots called Jaegers (Hunters) to save humanity.

The story lives up to traditional Japanese Kaiju anime and television shows, but with more eye candy than we could have ever dreamed of. Director Guillermo del Toro paces this movie with thrilling action from beginning to end. We get robots from around the world defending the planets shores with their own special abilities and strengths encountering unique monsters that adapt to their adversaries. It so monolithic that you’ll keep your eyes wide open to catch every rocket propelled punch, chest projectile missiles and so much more. A IMAX screen and 3D definitely do this film justice.

The story mirrors Japanese anime relationships, dialogue and cheeky humor found in anime such as the 1980’s Robotech and the 1990’s Neon Genesis Evangelion. If you were ever a fan of Ultraman, Johnny Sako and his Giant Robot, Manzinger Z, Godzilla and the like, you will most likely tear up seeing how respectful Pacific Rim is of this genre. It’s fun for all ages and will have you rooting for the survival of the human race with Gypsy Danger. Pacific Rim has done something no other giant robot movie could do…live out our childhood fantasies on the big screen the way it should have been all along…yeah I’m looking at you Robot Jox, I still want my money back from 1989. Now I need to find some Pacific Rim toys.

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