Pacific Rim


Who knew that watching a film about giant robots and monsters could be so utterly painful?

The only good thing about Pacific Rim is the concept and some of the effects.

The script is absolutely horrendous. Literally some of the worst lines I’ve ever heard. Rinko Kikuchi’s (Mako) hilariously bad delivery only exacerbates this problem. She’s not the only offender, however. Max Martini (Herc Hansen) and Robert Kanzinsky (Chuck Hansen) completely butchering the Australian accent is truly something to behold.

The characters here range from utterly forgettable to downright annoying. The protagonist, Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) falls into the first category. If watching paint dry could be personified, it would be this character. And then there are the two irritating “scientists” Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Herman Gottlieb (Burn Gorman). Between Newton’s neurotic antics and Herman’s posh elitism, any moment they were on screen was like an unwanted and undeserved sensory overload.

And now we come to the plot, or what little of a plot exists. There are so many holes and inconsistencies that I’m not sure where to begin. Raleigh and Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) get absolutely wrecked by one Kaiju at the beginning of the film, and then Raleigh and Mako defeat multiple Kaiju in the same Jaeger later on. How were Newton and Herman able to determine everything that they did from the brief, random images they received through the neural link? It’s established that the Kaiju portal only allows Kaiju to pass through it, and yet the escape pods pass through without an issue.

Pacific Rim is a perfect example of a good idea wasted because of horrible execution. I’m starting to come to the realization that maybe I’m not a fan of Guillermo del Toro after all.

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