The unprecedented attacks of otherworldly creatures dubbed Kaiju devastate parts of the planet (including
but are eventually stifled by the Jaeger robots, created and unleashed by a
unified humankind. The Jaegers are commonly piloted by two partners, intensely
trained and telepathically bonded. But sharing consciousness can be a serious problem
when even one of the operators harbors repressed traumas. Raleigh (Charlie
Hunnam) and Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) are survivors of harrowing ordeals, but
must overcome their troubles if they are to defend mankind during the latest
As with previous del Toro films, “
is visually spectacular; the filmmaker’s always been very specific with his
vision and imagery, but moreso now when he’s allowed to create even bigger
spectacles. The colossal fisticuffs are exciting, exceptionally choreographed
and jaw-dropping (no hyperbole).
But even when the humans take a back seat to the thunderous clashes, they’re actually still well-developed, if predictable. Hunnam, Kikuchi, Idris Elba (as the human fighters’ leader), Robert Kazinsky (as the arrogant brute), and Charlie Day (as a hyperactive scientist, who’d have thought?) stand out and are cohesive with the bigger, effects-flavored scenarios.
Pacific Rim” deserves a
similarly epic sequel, hopefully one that has better-looking Jaegers with more
distinct weaponry, and less predictable human drama. For now, it’s worth
watching repeatedly, as it’s easily an escapist, fantastically realized and conflict-heavy world, perhaps your childhood fantasies coming to vivid and stunning life.