What I am here to tell you is it does not disappoint, even in the slightest.
Pacific Rim is the story of a defeated humanity at the edge of extinction thanks to a relentless stream of invading giant monsters called Kaiju (the Japanese word meaning giant monster), who are entering our world via a dimensional rift at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and destroying our cities. Our last hope is the Jaeger (German for Hunter) Program, giant robots that through the power of sheer brute force are our best and only hope at stopping the invasion and saving what is left of humanity.
The film focuses on the Jaeger Pilots of Gipsy Danger, the American Jaeger, Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori. Both have lost loved ones to the Kaiju war and must overcome their demons and fight in what will be humanity’s last stand against the monsters, who are bent on cleansing the world of the human population through destruction.
Pacific Rim somehow manages to mold all these influences into a single cohesive narrative, without coming off as overly derivative, which is quite a feat in itself. The film moves at a breakneck pace setting up the plot, characters and story so it can almost immediately start delivering the goods; giant robot on monster action and it does so in a very spectacular fashion.
Pacific Rim is essentially Guillermo Del Toro’s Star Wars, it’s a dense world with a great mythology populated by the kind of characters you would only get from a Guillermo Del Toro film. The story is compelling, well paced, even running at 2+ hours it just flies by. I seriously can’t wait to revisit the world of Pacific Rim and I bet most geeks will be filled with the same thoughts as soon as the credits roll. Just a heads up, don’t leave as soon as the film ends. There’s a little surprise.
Pacific Rim is probably the closest we will ever get to a live action Neon Genesis Evangelion film and I am ok with that. I honestly sat through the entire 2nd and 3rd act of the film with my jaw on the ground full of the kind of giddiness reserved for 10 year olds on Christmas. If you told me one day the man who made Hellboy and Blade 2 would make a Kaiju film, this would exactly be the film I imagined.
Pacific Rim is a geektastic Rock’em Sock’em extravaganza from Start to Finish, you won’t want to miss. 5 out of 5 stars! This has to be my favorite film of the summer!