Pacific Rim is a juvenile movie about giant robots fighting against alien monsters from the sea. It is directed by Guillermo del Toro, who also co-written the movie. It feels like del Toro had a hard time controlling his inner 12 year old when he was making the movie.
The alien monsters come from a different dimension via a portal located beneath the sea. They destroy coastal cities. This is why the world comes together to develop giant robots to defend the cities and fight against the monsters.
The robots are controlled by two pilots. They have to think as one through a process known as the drift. Once the process is complete, the pilots control the robots via synchronized movements in a console that looks like two players in a DDR arcade game.
The robots, known as jaegers, are successful in defending the world and their pilots have gotten celebrity status. But their success is short-lived when one of the hotshot pilots Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) loses a battle with a monster that also resulted into the death of his brother.
Hunnam is good in Sons of Anarchy. This is why it is surprising to see his awkward performance in Pacific Rim. More often than not, the blame for a good actor’s bad performance is directed on the director. This is not the only bad aspect of the movie.
Pacific Rim looks good. There’s no doubt about it. But director del Toro and his crew didn’t have a good script. This leads to bad characters portrayed badly by the actors. This is a surprise considering the movie has a good bunch of great talents such as Ron Pearlman, Idris Elba, and Rinko Kikuchi. But they were given mediocre dialogues with clichéd stories to tell. It is a good monster movie, especially if you’re a fan of the classic Japanese ones. But sad to say, it is not a great movie that it is hyped to be.