‘Pacific Rim’ Review

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 9th, 2014 at 11:51 am,

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In Pacific Rim we are greeted by an imminent future in which humanity has been besieged by giant monsters known as “Kaiju,” which emerge from a dimensional rift deep beneath the Pacific Ocean in order to wreak havoc on humanity. To combat this threat, humanity comes together to create “Jaegers,” giant robots controlled by two mind-linked pilots.

At first, the Jaegers seem like the perfect deterrent for the Kaiju menace; but when the monsters start getting smarter and deadlier – and Jaegers begin falling quicker than they can be rebuilt – mankind finds itself on the brink of extinction. Our last hope lies with the desperate plan of Marshall Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) and his handful of remaining Jaeger pilots, including war-worn veteran  Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and rookie Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), an unlikely pair who may prove to be the best pilot team the world has ever seen.

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Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in ‘Pacific Rim’

We can make this short and easy: If the spectacle of big robots battling it out with big monsters is all you’re interested in, then Pacific Rim is going to be a five-star experience that you should wholly enjoy in the biggest IMAX 3D theater you can find (earplugs recommended). However, if you require a deeper story and mythos to sell you on all the spectacle? You will get plenty of mythos, but despite a parade of “cool moments,” a mishandled central storyline ultimately makes the experience a hollow one.

Director Guillermo del Toro is known for his wonderful imagination and abilities as a filmmaker – demonstrated in  signature works like Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies – and Pacific Rim is alive and crackling with some of his best work. From the robot and monster designs, to the well-staged battle sequences and overall concept, Pacific Rim is something uniquely its own within the crowded genre of summer blockbusters (this is no Transformers – and I mean that in the best way), while still (borrowing?)(Paying homage to?)(Stealing from?) a laundry list of other American and Japanese movies and TV series. (Read about a few of those possible inspirations HERE.)

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Best of all, there’s a pervading sense of fun and  joy that the director has infused his passion project with; the goal is to entertain and entertain it does, for the most part (it does get cartoony, but that cartoon is still pretty fun). On the downside, there are plenty of moments that will indeed seem less like homages and more derivative copy of other films not necessarily even related to the “Kaiju/Mecha” sub-genre. See if you can catch those Independence Day and/or Deep Blue Sea moments and you’ll know the sort of “borrowing” I’m referring to.

The script – co-written by del Toro and Clash of the Titans scribe Travis Beacham – is not impressive. The story is straightforward enough, but an abundance of sub-plots often makes it feel scattered-brained. The emotional core and character development are even more unfocused: this is supposedly Raleigh and Mako’s story we are being told – and Hunnam and Kikuchi are both solid leads with solid chemistry – but beyond a couple of superficial dramatic moments, there is no real conflict between our central characters, and no real arc for them to complete as individual characters. In short: our protagonists are often the least interesting parts of the film, which inevitably means a sort of detached viewing experience.

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Idris Elba in ‘Pacific Rim’

Oddly enough it is Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost who is the most dynamic character in Pacific Rim, and seems to get the most complete and engaging character arc of the whole ensemble. Elba (by now well established for his talent to stand out even in bit roles – see: Prometheus or Thor) walks away owning every one of the many scenes he’s in – which is great for him, but is also clear indication that the writers are not driving the story with full control of the wheel.

Subplots involving Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses) and Burn Gorman (Dark Knight Rises) as dueling expert scientists in the Kaiju field – or Max Martini (The Unit) and Robert Kazinsky (True Blood) as a conflicted father/son Jaeger team – similarly make good use of talented actors, at the expense of a focused, streamlined story. Hellboy star Ron Perlman exists in this movie purely to ham it up for his old pal del Toro, and does so admirably. (P.S.: don’t leave the theater before a special mid-credits scene.)

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Charlie Day in ‘Pacific Rim’

The mythos and world-building are well done, there’s the right touch of winking humor – but again, certain sub-plots (like an anti-Kaiju wall) are never followed to conclusion and come off as distraction. The actual mechanics of the sci-fi technology is hastily explained and then craftily circumvented, so that the many, many, gaps in logic and plot are not all that distracting from the enjoyment of watching a hulking robot slamming on freakish monsters.

The infusion of anime themes and tropes is balanced enough to distinguish the film from, say, Transformers, without veering too far into the more obtuse or abstract styles of storytelling that often discourage Western viewers from embracing anime. Del Toro’s imagination being what it is, this is “East meets West” in the best way possible.

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The sound design is awesome – and by awesome I mean very, very, loud. Actual dialogue sometimes had a cavernous echo to it that made it hard to make out – but whether that was just my theater or the movie itself, I can’t say for sure. This is definitely an IMAX experience to be had; but the post-converted 3D, while very well done, doesn’t feel as necessary. A 2D IMAX experience would be more than sufficient – but if you are a big fan of the robot/monster stuff, the extra splurging will be worth it to you.

On the whole, Pacific Rim has its creator to thank for elevating it above so many similar and forgettable action blockbusters, through sheer creativity, love and force of will. While the storyline and emotional core aren’t strong, the action and spectacle are, and del Toro builds his world well enough to create plenty of future opportunities for re-visits, spin-offs, multi-media projects and everything else fans (and movie studios) love in a good fanboy franchise.

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Pacific Rim is now in theaters. It is 131 minutes long and is Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language.

If you want to discuss the film without ruining it for others, head over to our Pacific Rim SPOILERS DISCUSSION. To hear the Screen Rant editors discuss the film amongst themselves, stay tuned for the Pacific Rim episode of the Screen Rant Underground Podcast.

Our Rating:

3 out of 5
(Good)

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  1. For those who have seen it.How should i see it?IMAX or IMAX 3d

    • If you can get it in IMAX without the 3D, I think that would be ideal. The 3D makes it kinda hard to focus on the “macro” scene and take it all in.

      • Thanks.Defenitely going to see this in IMAX

  2. Im sick of movie goers. they comain about hollywood never doing something original but when they do they dont support it. Unless you want to see Indiana Jones 6 or Star Wars Re Re Re Release then support some original content you bums. Hollywood is gonna go with what makes Money and if people only come out for reboots and sequels then originals are gonna die. Whether this is worth IMAX 3d I don’t care but ill be paying for it just to support original blockbuster movies.

    • It’s extremely hilarious and ironic for someone with the name Godzilla to insist that Pacific Rim is an original concept…

      • There has never been a 100 million monster movie. It’s original. And I grew up on Godzilla.

        • So creating monsters to fight monsters is something new? Is that what your saying?

          Monsters that emerge from the depths of the ocean is something original? Is that what your saying?

          I’m not saying these things make this movie good or bad, it’s just silly to refer to this movie as original.

          Godzilla v. Mechagodzilla was released 40 years ago, and it’s essentially the exact same concept.

          • It’s not a reboot and its not a copy of anything that’s been done in the past. It’s original with a tribute to the past. Apparently you only want to see brand new concepts. So I assume 99% of movies piss you off?

            • Zing!

            • Although it’s not a reboot/remake/sequel, it’s still a copy of Godzilla in a sense. It’s not a bad thing. I would completely love it if it was done correctly. Is it a good movie? Yes. Is it perfect? No, not at all. Should I not critize the movie because it’s a “popcorn movie”? LOL, based on that arguement then the Transformers shouldn’t be critized either because it’s just a “popcorn movie” right? LOL Wow

          • @Dr.Mindbender.

            BAD DOCTOR!

            Mechagodzilla was created by the Simians. They were out to invade the earth.

            Godzilla started doing what he does, till Anguirus attacked him, which was a shocked since both he and Godzilla were allies, but Anguirus sensed it was not the real Godzilla. When the real Godzilla showed up, he removed the skin of Mechagodzilla and they fought to a tie….It was when they awakened King Caesar to help in defeating Mechagodzilla.

            Same concept, except the Monster was the hero against the evil robot…

            Ok, I am putting my nerd gear back in storage.

            • +100 Jeff W

              Your absolutely right…

              … the original Mechagodzilla was not man-made, it has been awhile.

            • Ah Sensei, i have to report i’ve obtained and watched the Rebirth of Mothra series and it’s total awesome.

              Love the phase attack on King Ghidorah at the end when he crystalised and explodes, so cool.

              Next 60′s/70′s Gamera (already got 90′s on Blueray)

              Long Live Kaiju.

              Oh what did you make of PR, apologies if you’ve already posted

      • It’s hilarious that you can’t understand the difference between original content and Japanese monster movies for
        30 years ago

        • I completely understand the difference in appearance, but that doesn’t make the concept original.

          • Well when you come up with an original concept for monsters then I’m sure you’ll be a millionaire. You’re just a hater who thinks your farts don’t smell.

          • concept no, content yes

        • I find it hilarious that you’re getting into a slap-fight over this. Once again we see the modern geek in his natural environment-eating a member of his own tribe. Brilliant movie, saw it last night, seeing it a lot more times, advising others to do so

      • You’re just a hater. This is not a reboot or copy. It’s an original idea with a tribute to Godzilla that people liked and Del Toro grew up on

        • I’m not hating on anything, I’m just extremely amused at those who think this concept is original.

          • There’s a difference between tropes/archetypes/common themes and unoriginal work. There isn’t a single story, movie, or anything that has not been told or done hundreds of times throughout human history, but that doesn’t mean these they’re unoriginal. We’ve all only got 4 DNA letters, after all, but biology has done a pretty good job of keeping things fresh. ;)

            Example of similar but original movies: Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

            Unoriginal movie examples: Any remake and most adaptations, chick flicks, and children’s movies.

    • Also, it was just a lot of FUN! Not a robot peeing or dog humping joke in sight!

      • …or robot balls like in Transformers 2:Revenge of the Fallen,remember that? Well I do,and I wish I did’nt.

        • But Transformers is just a “popcorn movie” right? It was just a movie that was just for “fun” right and shouldn’t be taken seriously with all it’s flaws in the script/plot, right?

    • The biggest flaw in your statement is inception was original and extremely well recieved and supported. Pacific rim
      Just ismt good enough for the masses to get behind

      • Inception is not the first movie to deal with lucid dreaming, going in and out of dream worlds, or even the idea whether your dreaming or not, which is the real world, has also been done. Google it. Some great movies out there.

        • Again, based not on existing materiel. As in not an adaptation. Inception is extremely original and one of the few films of the decade to feel fresh in everyw

          • Dr Mindbender actually can understand it.

            Ultraman, Godzilla and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Been there done that.

            I guess you also think that Transformers was the first to introduce Robots that transform?

          • I thought Inception took parts from The Matrix.

            • I think Pacific Rim took parts directly from Independence Day.

              Even some lines I think…

  3. Seriously, this got less stars than Man of Steel? WTF!? I call BULL. i saw Pacific Rim last night, and it was a really really good movie. easily the best blockbuster out this year. this movie was original, well paced, with some humor, good characters, and amazing action sequences. average voting on SR shows most give it 5 stars, and most of the rest give it 4, so where does this 3 star review come in? I used to agree with the reviews on this site, not so much anymore..

    seriously, give this movie a shot, you wont be disappointed. original films like this need our support, or Hollywood wont stop feeding us the bland movie and reboots and remakes that dont step up to the plate. honestly, its projected that more people are interested in grown ups 2 than pacific rim. really? REALLY? i liked adam sandler in the past, but he doesnt even try anymore, a sequal to a crappy movie has more buzz than this? send a message to hollywood about what kind of quality you want to see, go support/see pacific rim.

    • YES,YES I agree. GO SEE PACIFIC RIM!!! It is truly an experience that you have to see on the biggest screen possible,perferably one with 3D,we need more anime/manga/giant monster movies like this in the future and if we want this,we should support this movie,believe me,its worth it.

  4. I might see this, but it is hardly an original idea.

    • I think you are being narrow in your use of the word original. del toro never claimed to invent this genre. the whole movie is an homage. when people refer to is as original, its in the sense that the story isnt an adaptation from a foreign counterpart, pre existing franchise, anime, manga, comic, video game, or graphic novel with the same name. the story, plot, characters, designs for robots and monsters were all original concepts created for this movie with clear nods to classic franchises in the mech and monster genre. its original in that sense.

  5. Saw the digital version of the film late last night and, although not tremendous overall, still pretty darn good and worth me going back at least a couple more times including a 3D look. I thought the three big battle sequences were outstanding and well placed throughout the movie, and although the acting was pretty much run of the mill who really cares? This fulfilled exactly what it was meant to, a rock ‘em, sock ‘em big monster vs big robot slug fest and it never disappointed in that regard. Definitely the best big monster film EVER, and as much as I enjoyed “Cloverfield” you really never got all that good a look at the title beast until the conclusion. Watching “Pacific Rim’s” big bad boys ( and at least one female ) up close and personal for extended battle sequences was a real treat, especially for someone like me who is not a youngster and grew up watching “guy in a rubber suit” monsters in the 60′s. Guillermo Del Toro did a great job here, and I think I speak for many who are grateful for the end result.

    • I agree with you JohnB,if this not the best big monster movie ever,it is definitly ONE of the best,too bad Dean Develin and Roland Emmerich’s 1996 ‘Godzilla’ was’nt done this well,then that movie would’nt have been so hated,giant kaijus are supposed to be forces of nature,NOT overgrown animals that run from everthing in fear.

  6. I don’t agree with Kofi’s review this time,Pacific Rim is AT LEAST a four star movie,it was fun,enthralling,imersive and the relationships of the central characters were touching, especially the relationship and back story of Stacker Pentecost(Idrias Elba) and Mako Mari(Rinku Kinuinchi),I really enjoyed my self with this movie,the kaiju/jaeger fight were simply awesome to behold and a dream come true for me to see a live action anime inspired movie such as this,finally on the big screen,here in America,with all of the big budget Hollywood style production and 21st century special-efx,I plan on seeing this movie again in IMAX 3D,a very, very fun two hours plus at the theater with this one IMO,go see this movie,please and judge for yourself,

  7. Go see this movie,please and judge for yourself,its a fun ride.

  8. Kofi, I’m REALLY disappointed in this review. I usually don’t compare the scores ya’ll gave to other films, but since they’re in a similar genre, and are comparable: You gave this the same score at Battleship? Really? Really?!?! Sit back and think about that for a second.

    And there’s the fact that freaking Transformers 3 got 4 stars, but you didn’t write that review, so that’s whatever. I personally loved this film, I enjoyed it more then every blockbuster this summer, except for maybe Star Trek. The action and CGI was like NOTHING I have ever seen before. Everything looked so vibrant, and even kind of beautiful. Some of the shots of the Jaegers towering over everything else were breath taking.

    I even connected with the humans. I really got caught up in the storyline between Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi’s characters. *MILD SPOILER* *MILD SPOILER* *MILD SPOILER* the shot of young Mako turning around to see the Jaeger standing there with the sun behind it, and then when Idris came out of it was beautiful. It reminded me of some of those really artistic scenes you were referring to in the Man Of Steel podcast.

    And I disagree, I think this film could appeal to a wide audience. The comedic characters give it that Avengers vibe that keeps it from becoming to geek heavy. The action is something everyone could enjoy, and Idris Elba alone has some great moments, so I don’t think the film was hallow at all.

    Oh, and the in my opinion, the 3D is a great addition. This and Star Trek are some of the better 3D films I’ve seen in a long time. The scenes in Hong Kong really look incredible in the 3D. I would personally give the film a 5/5 for giving me everything I wanted and more. But, I think 4, or at least a 3.5 is a more reasonable score.

    • I’ll be discussing it on the podcast – but I think this film and Battleship have a LOT of the same problems.

      • Yes, I agree Kofi. Here’s what I see. Fans that like Godzilla, Del Toro, and the whole Monsters/Robots genre will love it because that’s what the main focus it. The general public will not because of the storyline/plot/scipt being soo poor they can’t get behind the movie. That was the same issue I thought with Battleship. In the end, people “didn’t get it”. I had some co-worker who saw it last night and they told me that robots and monsters looked cool but that they just “didn’t get it”. They are not alone either as I am finding a lot of people saying the same thing(general public)

  9. I have plans to see this film in IMAX 3D. Good review anyway Kofi. :)

  10. I’m expecting to love it. Can’t wait to see it.

  11. I loved it. Utterly loved it. A celebration of glorious nonsense and the important point I found about the movie was it knows it is utter nonsense. Every character is a cliched movie cypher. Every plot point predictable. Character arcs are seen coming a mile off. That was the point. We have forgotten I feel what a Friday night, let’s talk about it at the pub movie can and should be about.

    Frankly, in terms of promise of intention in equation to actual delivery, it is for me the blockbuster of the year. Someone gave Del Toro $185 million and told him to go nuts. He does, and the second set piece should’ve had people in the cinema standing up and applauding in all honesty.

    Faults? Or course it has. Del Toro still doesn’t know the difference between subtle humour in relation to winking at the audience humour and it is full of scenes that come across awkward because of this (mainly involving Ron Perlman). It also has some plot holes. But you know what? Bah!

    If Tony Scott made this in the 90′s we’d all be going nuts. Just Rock and Roll it, I say :)

    • +100

  12. I saw it today. In terms of this summer, it wasn’t better than Star Trek, Superman, or Monsters University for me. It wasn’t even a Jurassic Park, which I felt had better realized characters.

    The action sequences were amazing and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The special effects were terrific. I just wish that the action wasn’t always in the dark and rain. Other than that minor gripe, they were well-constructed and fun to watch.

    I do agree with Kofi when he says Idris was the best human character. He was awesome in the movie. His character was the most memorable for me. The two main protagonists were somewhat bland for me and I see where Kofi is coming from when he says Charlie Hunnam doesn’t have a real narrative arc in the film. Charlie Day was also good, but I was disappointed with the two main Jaegar pilots. I know this isn’t supposed to be a Best Actor type of film, but like I said at the top, Jurassic Park (a decent comparison) had better characters. The script for Spielberg’s film was a lot better in my opinion.

    The trailers sort of ruined this, but I think the film would have been better if there was a slow buildup to seeing a full shot of the Kaiju, like how Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Predator had that extra element of tension. Overall, I had a good time with Pacific Rim. I would recommend seeing it and I appreciate del Toro’s ambition and vision. I liked seeing an original sci-fi blockbuster, but it was no Inception or District 9 for me. 3/5 is a fair score.

  13. Headed out in 2 hours to give this a peek. Woooo!

  14. I’m going with Kofi’s first gut feeling and believe he thinks this movie was really a 3.5 star. In my book, a 3.5 star from Kofi is a must-see (of course, I did disagree with him on MoS, but no one’s perfect :-D ).

  15. Just saw this today…. I know I’m relatively new to the Screenrant site (which I really enjoy, by the way), but I think this movie review rating is missing at least half a star! That or White House Down should lose half a star…

  16. ummm, in the voting block?

    5 stars – del Toro is a Genuis!??

    i assume you meant Genius? LOL

  17. Moronic crap. How did Del Toro go from making Pan’s Labyrinth to this turd? Oh yeah, he’s following the money.

  18. 4/5

  19. Monsters from the ocean floor is not new (in the 50′s and 60′s all the “B” monster flicks came from nuclear testing in the Pacific) but Pacific Rim’s time rift concept is new and unique and opens lots of future story lines…Compare the over the top “Japanese acting” and the “militaristic” American plotlines to de Toro’s human interest storyline and I’d say the present day “critics” would have trouble saying the script was lacking for Pacific Rim….Can we hope for a sequel where our “homegrown” Godzilla comes to the aid of the Jaegers? Too much to hope for? Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

  20. I usually make fun of the paid-for reviews on this site, but I have to say, that this one seems on the mark. I hate reviews that either omit or gloss over the existence of massive or many plot holes and logic flaws, or give the actors too much credit, when it isn’t due. Nice to see an honest review on the internet for a change.

    I’d like to see this, but one logic flaw I’m going to have HUGE problems with, is why humans now have the technology to build these giant robots, engineer them so they don’t collapse under their own weight, then just proceed to….well….. punch the invaders in the face. Uh….. all that technology, and we can’t come up with an ENERGY weapon to simply eradicate them? I had the same problem with the two factions of Transformers. Millions of years of engineering weapons to fight each other. Can travel through interstellar space, and build space bridges…. but can’t come up with a personal weapon that would destroy their foes. They show up on Earth….and proceed to punch each other in the face. BUT, we industrious humans, having built advanced weaponry for… I dunno…. a hundred years…. can destroy both factions of the Transformers. Destroyed Devastator with one shot. WOW. We rock.

    • Hahaha, true. I was expecting more rockets on the Jaegers and at least a ray gun (not the canon that took a while to load). And why did they wait till the last moment to pull out their swords? Lol. But whatever, the crowd went WOW during that scene.

      • You mean to tell me that big glowing thing in the center of that robot up top isn’t a laser or high energy particle cannon of some kind?! I’M so disappointed! Knowing this I don’t know if I can even stand to watch this now… ;)

        • Hahaha, you are right! But they only used that once or twice? Oh well, there’s always sequels.

    • Gypsy Danger has an energy weapon, you know that cannon on either hand that he uses in all but one fight.

      • Reread my comment, I meant something that could rapid fire, not take a while to load. Okay.. I should have said rapid fire, but I can’t edit my comment. But still, awesome film.

        • It was rapid fire, or at least it approach pistol fire rate when Gypsy used it against Leatherback.
          the charge shot seem to give it more power though, allowing it to one shot the critters instead of having to empty the entire magazine before visible damage could be observed.

  21. Saw this thursday night. man it was awesome. i had a big smile on my face and did a fist pump multiple times during the fight scenes. is the acting oscar quality? no, but idris elba kills it as usual and i am a big fan of jax teller so i was glad to see him in a big budget movie. it really is a good movie guys so go see it and lets support this film!

  22. Just got back from seeing it. Saw it in IMAX 3D. It was neat. Some cool concepts. Some great spectacle. Some awesome action and some well timed comedy.

    Seriously though… the parts when the Kaiju and Jaeger weren’t center stage and the focus was the human element… I felt like I was watching a live-action Team America: World Police. Was hokey puppet acting and hokey puppet lines the point?

    “Is that Carson’s replacement? A f**king actor? I’m warning you rookie… stay the f**k outta my way.”

    All in all, a fun ride with great spectacle. It sits behind MoS and Star Trek: Into Darkness… which are two movies that aren’t just surface level thrill rides.

    Well done ScreenRant. Tell it like it is.

  23. Terrible movie, go see Man of Steel or Star Trek again. Save this for dvd.

  24. Wait, I agree that certain subplots distracted from what could’ve been a stronger thread of our two main characters, but how is the anti-kaiju wall an example of a distracting sub-plot? It was a plot device to show that offense is the only defense against the kaiju and that there was no hope of barricading themselves. Not distracting at all.

    • +1

  25. The film was decent, I did enjoy it but best movie of the summer, no. It was weird but I felt like I was watching Pacific Rim III. The flashbacks felt more interesting. Way too much of the action was at night. I would have really liked to have seen a full on battle during the day. The film could have been better imo. I’ll give it a 7/10

    • 7/10 from me too.

  26. On a side note I think there is room for a prequel as It would be interesting to see the first attacks, and the start of the Yagher program..

    • I would rather see more of the Generation 5 Jaegers or a new Generation 6. Those things were much faster. And the whole “digital vs analog” thing was… How can the Gypsy Danger not be digital? Wasn’t that thing an EMP? Someone provide some clarification. Thanks.

      • I think (this is only a guess) as Gypsy is run by a nuclear power plant and so the emp wouldn’t affect the reaction within the reactor (as it’s HEAT based, although all the governing electronics and cooling would be, but we’ll ignore that) so she could still power up and go kick some ass (carried by those magnectically shielded helicopters) where as the Mk5 runs on some form of advance hybrid/battery/fusion tech which was effected by the EMP.

        There, solved. lol

        • Oww.. so that means Gypsy Danger could power up, but if the Kaiju released another EMP, they would be in trouble? Okay, that makes sense. Thanks man.

  27. This movie is all that Michael Bay SHOULD have done with the mechs and technology and action. LOVED the anime inspiration and feeling like I’m not on a roller coaster with the over use of “shake cam”. Too bad the pre-reviews are having a negative slant since this is the best ACTION movie this summer. Yes, better than Iron Man in my opinion, though the acting was better there.) But for action, visuals and just enough story it was a total fun summer flick without the motion sickness pill (though I was worn out after the movie for the intense scenes!)

    Great balance of humour and action!

    Hope that word of mouth helps this movie not be the technoLoneRanger, it’s definitely a must see on the big screen – wow, the visuals and action scenes.

    And Samuel L Jackson needs to reach in the bag and had Idris the wallet labeled… since he is a definite IT actor (esp. if you’ve seen LUTHER).

    Hope the film makes the money for a sequel. Love to see where it could go from here. (OR that del Toro gets asked to direct the ROBOTECH adaptation being talked about – HE could pull that off!)

  28. When I heard giant monsters…I was in. But then I heard giant robots fighting giant monsters starring the guy from Sons of Anarchy…I was ALL in.

    I saw the first showing and left the theater giddy. It was a movie made for me and I never thought I’d say Del Toro is a genius…like I was forced to when I gave it 5 stars in this post.

    Original or not…I hope they make at least a trilogy out of this.

  29. This and Elysium are the only movies left I want to see in the cinema this year, the review is kind of disappointing but a bad review never made me not want to see a movie. Man of Steel is my movie of the year, so far, the bad reviews it received didnt take away from that.. I am hoping Pacific Rim can join it and I’m not letting an average-score review put me off.

    I don’t understand why people feel a review of a movie has to match their own opinion. Dude, you saw it and liked it, he saw it and thought it was mediocre, how does that affect you?

    Stop bi**ching and get over yourselves.

    • It matters to some because it is only through good box office that a good movie concept can get continued funding from hollywood. If it is good, based off the opinions of some people, but is being panned by critics then it’s understandable that those people who praise the film will feel threatened that hollywood will no longer give them more of what they like.

      So in an effort to be a one man marketing army they try to combat bad reviews in hopes of convincing those who are on the fence to still give the movie a chance.

      • I stopped caring what the critics say years ago. Furthermore, the scores don’t matter, it’s what the critics say that matter. If you disagree with what the critic said, go watch the movie. Or, if you feel the critic disliked it for personal reasons but think you’d like it, go watch it. The problem is, very few critics have anything to say these days.

        And face it… not everyone likes giant robots. Hard to believe, but it’s true.

    • Bingo.

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