I love robots. Specifically mechs, which are generally understood as robotic machines, big or small, that are piloted by someone inside the mech. Most of the time they are humanoid in form and are used as weapons to aid against a threat. Of course, this is just fantasy and fiction, but they are very cool in concept and design. So when Pacific Rim was announced, I was thrilled to hear that a mech film was being made and taken seriously. Although these giant mechs are a bit rough and don’t suit my tastes, they are glorious to behold on-screen.
Pacific Rim is about an alien civilization sending giant monsters called kaiju through a portal deep in the ocean to destroy humanity so that they can inhabit earth. They send waves of monsters every few months which are very difficult to kill by conventional military weapons. This leads various nations to start the jaeger program that builds giant mechs to fight these monsters. Although such a premise is different from monsters from space or rapidly evolving from earth, it is reminiscent of Independence Day, but who cares. The film does an excellent of job of succeeding in what it sets out to do, namely giving us thrilling robot vs monster action. Yes, the casting was somewhat not that great, and the backstories and character development were either shallow or very cliche, but this is expected. What we do get, though, is a somewhat realistic approach to how such giant machines can be piloted and used to defend earth. We’re treated to some massive monster battles that can hold its own against any Godzilla movie. They were exciting, creative, and pretty intense, but not edge of my seat intense as I would have liked. Nonetheless, just to watch these jaegers walk around a city was stunning. The more I thought about it, the more I began to like it and can’t wait to get this on blu-ray while hoping for a sequel soon.
I give this a 3 out of 5. It’s not for everyone, but for every adult that’s a kid at heart.