DIRECTOR: Guillermo del Toro
May Contain Spoilers!
The moment that our heroic Jaeger, Gypsy Danger, picks up a cargo ship and begins to beat the invading alien creature, known as the Kaiju, over the head with it, then this is the moment that Pacific Rim has reached whole new level of outrageous and yet entertaining action. This may well be The Dark Knight (2008) or the 300 (2006) of its genre, pushing the boundaries and setting the new baseline for action of this epic scale.
The gusto of this film is off the charts, funny, yet seductively plausible, swallowed up in its own internal logic to produce a feature film in which it kind of makes sense that you would produce massive Godzilla sized robots to fight, well massive Godzilla sized monsters.
It’s obvious really…
Bright yet grimy, this has all the hall marks of Guillermo del Toro , with a great and yet mandatory guest performance from Hellboy himself, Ron Pearlman as black market dealer, trading in body parts of downed Kaiju, as well as a stand-out, if not, like most in this movie, scenery chewing performance from Luthur star, Edris Elba. But it’s the pacing which makes this movie, with the opening five-minute set up enough to convince me that I was in for another two hours of sheer entertainment, and I wasn’t disappointed.
This is a movie with a simple concept in many respects, seemingly playing to lowest common denominators within its audience by basically out doing Michael Bay’s Transformers series, yet layering it with a solid storyline, dense logic and even though it’s filled to brim with clinched characters, its tongue seemed to be gently lodged within its cheek, knowing all to well what Pacific Rim is all about and who it’s talking to.
Great fun, epic action and not to be taken too seriously. This could and should go on to become a classic and I genuinely hope that it does.