Title: Pacific Rim (2013) Director: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba Rating: PG-13 Run Time: 131 Minutes Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Synopsis: As a war between humankind and monstrous sea-creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
I wanted to be blown away by this movie. The combination of Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba could mean only good things, right? It’s a good movie, but I wasn’t blown away. In fact, throughout the viewing I kept comparing it to Independence Day. It was basically the same story they just switched out the origin of the aliens.
The special effects were awe-worthy. The acting was superb. Ron Perlman added levity when it was needed and Burn Gorman proved he’s among the best character actors in the business.
The fault lies with the screenplay/script. I couldn’t help but want more explanation for things like how they categorized the aliens and how the drift between two minds works. The relationship between Raleigh and Mako could have been better developed. They obviously had a connection, but was it merely the effect of their minds being linked or would they have been attracted to each other without the drift.
Watching this film once is enough for me. I don’t think I’ll be revisiting it any time soon and it won’t be added to my collection.
Missy’s Rating: 3