When gigantic monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, begin to rise from the sea, a war begins that will cost millions of lives and push humanities resources to the brink. To combat these massive creatures the Jaeger program is created. Using massive robots, two pilots simultaneously control the machine using a neural bridge known as drifting. Unfortunately even the Jaegers are proving inefficient against the never-ending onslaught of Kaiju, pushing humanity to the brink of extinction. Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is a cliche ridden Hollywood blockbuster that is only enjoyable during the action sequences. This is a film set in a dire time for humanity but it surprisingly never feels like it has any real stakes. We are told ad nauseam how dire things are but it never is truly felt, at least not until about two thirds of the way through the film. Pacific Rim is filled with rather laughable plot devices and side characters that are just silly and unnecessary. One of the stupidest being when the World Government cancels the Jaeger program. This part of the narrative makes no sense at all, especially considering that we see first hand how ineffective the world leaders back-up plan truly is. I think what annoys me so much about Pacific Rim is that it has some interesting ideas, but none of them are explored. It's almost as if Guillermo del Toro simply needed to waste time in-between action scenes. The one aspect of Pacific Rim that doesn't disappoint is the action sequences. The scale of these sequences are certainly impressive, with both the Jaegers and Kaiju being designed with ingenuity and creativity. The highlight of the entire film for me had to be the massive action sequence in Hong Kong. Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is really dumb and quite silly at times but that doesn't stop it from being a pretty fun bit of spectacle entertainment, though it could have been much better.
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