“Pacific Rim” cost a heck of a lot of money and didn’t make it back in North America. But, overseas, it was a huge hit perhaps because of the astounding special effects, international cast and boatloads of action.
In the not-too-distant future, giant creatures rise from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. They lay waste to cities along the coastlines of North America and elsewhere. The seemingly unlimited number of Kaiju dwindles an army of giant robots (humanity’s defensive answer to the Kaiju) to a very few. The remaining robots and their human operators retreat to Hong Kong as the world instead decides to build giant walls along the Pacific coastlines to keep the monsters out. Doesn’t seem like a workable strategy, but the international community is fairly desperate at this point.
“Pacific Rim” won’t win any acting awards. The virtually unknown cast used a script heavy on action and short on complex emotions. It wasn’t much to work with.
Nevertheless, this big-budget monsterfest is a magnificent display of special effects and creativity. It works much like “Starship Troopers” did years ago. Call it sci-fi style over substance and very much unlike the emotionally vacant “Transformers” series.
“Pacific Rim” director Guillermo del Toro and his special effects crew create some terrific fight scenes that bring out the kid in me. Pure spectacle and worth repeat viewings. Grade: A-
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