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I don't know about you, but I can't remember the last time a big name monster movie hit the theaters since Godzilla 2000 (and we all know how that turned out). For the time monster movies could only be found on television on networks like Sy-Fy. Until Pacific Rim.
Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, is about the struggles of mankind as they try to find an end to the waves of monsters, called Kaju, from entering their world through a portal between dimensions beneath the Pacific Ocean. The solution we devised were giant mechs called Jaegers. The movie focuses on the end of the war, where Jaeger program commander Stacker Pentecost devises a plan that involves retired Jaeger pilot Raliegh Becket, the main protagonist of the movie. If there's one thing Del Toro is good at, it's that he does his homework before projects he wants to do. This is seen in movies like Blade II and Hellboy. Before beginning Pacific Rim, Del Toro obviously had a pretty good idea about monster movies and sci-fi and what makes them tick. What he did with all this? Make probably the most badass sci-fi monster movie in the past couple decades.
Walking in to see it, I expected the coolest fight sequences and I expected frequent ones. I was not let down. Granted, there is a gap between some, mostly for plot purposes. Speaking of the main story, while definitely not the main attraction, is not completely forgettable. The characters are pretty cool, like the two scientists and, of course, Ron Perlman's character.
On to robots fighting monsters, the fight sequences are indeed awesome, but not as predictable as one might think. Every fight I kept thinking, "Oooooh what's gonna happen this time", and every time I thought, "There's no way they can top that." What keeps the battles fresh is that there's always surprises, both by the Jaegers and Kaju respectively. As mankind's last line of defense, I guess the Jaegers had to keep the Kaju on their toes, and vice versa, but for spoilerific reasons.
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There is, however, a flaw that can't be overlooked. Pacific Rim is very upfront about what it sets out to do. Besides a decent storyline with decent character development, not much else to see because monsters are fighting robots so why would you care anyways? You don't watch porn for the plot! You watch for the action! Same with Pacific Rim, minus all the naked people.
Pacific Rim, for all extensive purposes, is an exercise in having an identity, which some movies struggle with. This movie knows exactly what it is and what it is supposed to deliver, and it DELIVERS. Leave your brain at the door, for it will not survive after being blown.
Final Rating: 4 Kaju Brains out of 5 Jaeger Chest Rockets. Go see it because it's a freaking fun movie.
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