When I heard that Guillermo Del Toro dropped out of The Hobbit to work on a version of H.P. Lovecraft’s In The Mouth Of Madness, I was excited. When I heard that came off the table and a new movie, Pacific Rim, was the order of the day, I was considerably less excited and with good reason.
A rift to another dimension opens in the Pacific Ocean. Giant monsters called Kaiju spill out, wreaking havoc on the surrounding population. In an effort to stave off human extinction humans build giant robots called Jaegers manned by two pilots who are connected mentally through a psychic link called drifting.
Chaos in the city!
The robot design was good. Not too reminiscent of Transformers. All pictures in this review were drawn by sketch artist Jose Ramos in preparation for opening weekend.
Unfortunately these sketches were more exciting than most of the fights.
This movie made me want to go to the gym. The Jaegers are operated by two pilots on ellipticals. There is a lot of intense elliptical action. The slow motion fight scenes go on forever and as excitement wanes sleep starts to set in. While the attacks on the city are exciting a lot of the fighting takes place in open water, we are relegated to watching a very wet version of Rock ’em Sock ’em robots.
Also, how many members of SAMCRO are in this movie? I was waiting for Bobby and the rest of the Sons of Anarchy to come and kick some Kaiju ass. I was very excited to see Idris Elba kicking Kaiju butt, though. As far as the rest of the cast, I was hardly on the edge of my seat when anyone was in danger.
Is this movie over yet? It’s over 2 hours!
This movie can best be compared to Battleship. For better or for worse they were very similar movies. A great popcorn time, except that I hate popcorn. I need my snacks to have a bit more substance.
If you like ambiguous monsters coming to destroy our way of life a la Independence Day (with less awesome characters) then this movie is for you. If you are a fan of Godzilla then this movie is for you. If you wanted to be moved as humanity fights back from the encroaching darkness, then pass.
Take a Drink: every time Charlie Day is not believable as a scientist.
Take a Drink: every time you miss Transformers.
Do a Shot of Jager: every time they mention the Jaegers.