Becoming older now I am getting less surprised with Hollywood’s upcoming list or and past list of movies with similar themes, predictable plots, and formulas. After seeing a trailer where two people fight together in huge mechs and punching a gigantic monster in the face; I knew I had to see Pacific Rim. The director Guillermo del Toro has made a movie inspired by manga and anime and I loved the 2 hour ride.
In short, aliens called the Kaiju have come through a portal on the Earth’s sea and started wrecking havoc. Countries from around the world start forming together and create giant robots called the Jaegers to start fighting the Kaiju. In order to pilot a Jaeger, two pilots must be mentally bonded together and work as one to take down the monsters. The movie follows the two protagonists Charles and Mori as they team up, overcome their struggles, and take down the Kaiju, and close the portal for good.
This movie is a visual treat to the eyes. The designs of the Kaiju and Jaegers are diverse and creative. I loved seeing Hong Kong, Japan, Alaska, and various others diverse locations and nationalities. There are plenty of colors in this film and the colors go so nicely together. There was obviously a lot of design work done on this film.
For those who love deep and complex characters might want to look elsewhere. The majority of Pacific Rim‘s characters fit anime archetypes such as the hot shot who hates the Charles for no reason, the scientist who is too into himself, the socially awkward nerd, etc. I’m all for complex characters but this movie is all about the action. Despite the archetypes, watching the characters interact with each other was entertaining.
I really liked Mako Mori as the main female protagonist. Mori did not come off as a female protagonist trying to too hard to be cool and neither was she treated as a sexy female side kick. She could fight and she obviously had her own mental issues to overcome. Charles treated her as a partner who he could trust to fight alongside him in the Jaeger.
If you are into giant robots, huge aliens, colorful and diverse environments, and anime, this movie is for you. Just remember that Pacific Rim is for fun, nothing too deep beyond the action here.