PACIFIC RIM – REVIEW

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim

When the trailer and poster for Pacific Rim was first revealed, the immediate thought was: Transformers rip off. The big metal monster bit had been done and there wasn’t much excitement to indulge in it again after the almost 3 hour catastrophe that was Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon. Even less excited that now, said big metal monsters were coming out of the water; cue Battleship plot.

Basically, the film wasn’t setting up well especially with a cast of C list actors (with the exception of B and A listers Idris Elba and Ron Pearlman respectively) gracing the cast list and even that bloke from Eastenders!

However…

Pacific Rim did not live up to its apparent inevitable failure but to that of success. Not a huge success but a success none the less. By the time the end credits had begun to role, there was a need for more. Not to say that there was anything left unfinished but there was still a sense of excitement for more to come as the fight scenes were dramatic and intense and gave an accurate sense of how colossal these machines are as well as the enemies they have to face. There was a good pace to the film as there are no pauses where the “where are they going with this?” question starts to pop up or you begin to questions how long you’ve been watching it! As mentioned, the fight scenes between monster and machine were extraordinarily executed though you do wonder why if there are three machines and one monster, why not tag team them? While on the subject of what is not so great about the film, can we all take a moment to discuss the questionable accents of Charlie Hunnam and Rob Kazinsky. For once, Idris Elba decided to stay on this side of the pond with his vocal performance but the other two were clearly lost in translation.

Despite the initial hang ups going into the movie, Pacific Rim chalked up to be a good watch. The hefty $180 million dollar budget did not go to waste as the Kaiju and Jaeger were as believable as the Transformers had been when Michael Bay first brought them to our screens. A far better release than Battleship that lacked any form of substance (if not only in Rihanna’s performance), Pacific Rim is an enjoyable action monster flick that delivers.