Charlee wasn’t going to wait long before watching the newly released Pacific Rim… Don’t worry – no real spoilers!
Guillermo del Toro’s latest flick can easily be described as the grown up equivalent of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. When enormous monsters threaten to extinct the human race it is up to a team of warriors to fight back and save the world in Transformer-style robots.
The Pan’s Labyrinth director has added the much-needed excitement back to the robot/monster action genre that has been lacking recently. Set in the year 2025, Pacific Rim focuses on the fight between the Kaiju; alien monsters that emerge from beneath the ocean, and the Jaegers; enormous metal robots that are controlled by two drivers who are linked to one another’s mental process.
When the Kaiju start to become more powerful and stronger the world is forced to activate their Plan B, a giant wall surrounding the Pacific Rim which claims to be strong enough to block the Kaiju from breaking through. However when Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) is given one last chance to save the world by forming a final Jaeger team, he enlists the help of previous pilots led by hero Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), Herc Hansen, (Max Martini) and Chuck Hansen (Robert Kazinsky), to face the ultimate showdown in Hong Kong.
Cue monster on robot action scenes, with the Kaiju’s becoming stronger and the Jaegers decreasing in number it soon becomes a dance between the foes. A stand out scene for me in this movie is when one Jaeger emerges from the bay with an oil tanker and seamlessly beats his opponent with it as if it were a battering stick.
Visually stunning this film will reignite the passion for giant robots and the spectacle appeal will make sure you are getting your money’s worth.