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When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, which are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes to stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Sci-Fi Action Adventure - This is a big, effects-heavy science fiction adventure aimed at young
adults, especially males. There are no huge stars in the cast.
While there is a lot of violent, destructive fights, they are mainly
between robots and monsters, with bloodshed being mostly that of
monsters. The action may be too intense for young children, but
pre-teen boys will very much enjoy. The lead star is Charlie Hunnam,
with more recognizable stars such as Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and
Charlie Day in more supporting roles.
Idris Elba TAKERS, PROMETHEUS, THOR, THE LOSERS Charlie Hunnam CHILDREN OF MEN, TV series SONS OF ANARCHY Rinko Kikuchi BABEL, THE BROTHERS BLOOM Charlie Day HORRIBLE BOSSES, GOING THE DISTANCE Ron Perlman HELLBOY, DRIVE Wri/Dir: Guillermo Del Toro HELLBOY, PAN'S LABYRINTH
PROFANITY: 1 S-word; 3 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights between monsters and robots with monster blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None. ACTION: Fights, chases, explosions, destructions. COMEDY: Some comic lines and situations.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good It's big, loud, and fun but doesn't leave the viewer feeling vaguely insulted about the filmmaker's opinion of who's watching. Del Toro's nearly fanboy-ish joy for the genre shines through but it's also apparent that he understands how to make a good movie, and that's a differentiator between this and many seemingly similar tent pole productions.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent If I were nine years old, I would see the monsters-versus-robots adventure "Pacific Rim" 50 times. Because I'm in my forties...I'll have to be content with seeing it a couple more times in theaters and re-watching it on video. But for all its mayhem, "Pacific Rim" is a film with more emotion than its trailers could have led you to expect. "Pacific Rim" knows what sort of film it wishes to be; it is that film, and much more. In its clanking, crashing way, it's real science fiction, a play of ideas.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average For those who like their alien-invasion movies to bludgeon the senses, Pacific Rim fits the bill. This is Godzilla meets Transformers, with elements of the lesser Star Wars movies, all awash in thunderously loud, non-stop demolition. While there is some eye-popping production design that occasionally is reminiscent of Blade Runner, this sci-fi adventure descends into mind-numbing mash-ups, with the simplest of stories buried under overbearing special effects.
Washington PostFull Review Above Average "Pacific Rim" is a big, lumbering, rock 'em, sock 'em mash-up of metallic heft and hyperbole, a noisy, overproduced disaster flick that sucks its characters and the audience down a vortex of garish visual effects and risibly cartoonish action.
And you know what? It's not bad!
NY PostFull Review Excellent The extinction of mankind has loomed again and again over Hollywood blockbusters the past couple of years, though never anywhere near as entertainingly as in "Pacific Rim.'' With Mexican genre master Guillermo del Toro at the helm, there's no shortage of brains, brawn, eye candy, wit and even some poetry in this epic battle between massive lizard-like monsters and 25-story-high robots operated by humans.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 111 moviegoers:
TEENS:Over half the males and females loved "Pacific Rim." Of the remaining reviews, most of the ladies rated it an above average movie with just a small percentage rating it average or lower. The males reviews are a bit lower. A good 30% rated it an average movie with just a few rating it an above average movie.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Great reviews from both the males and females. All but a few rated it very high.
ADULTS:Very similar reviews from both the males and females. Over half loved "Pacific Rim" with quite a few more, especially males, indicating they enjoyed it very much. About a quarter of the males and females only rated it an average movie with some of the females rating it even lower.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes -- a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) -- who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.