Pacific Rim’: The Albotas Review

Guillermo del Toro’s tribute to old school Kaiju flicks and giant robot anime is your inner child’s dream come true, but your jaded inner adult might be annoyed by a few things along the way.

[+]AWESOME[+]

  • Face-melting special effects.
  • Gorgeous cinematography with lots of shiny, pretty lights.
  • Robots and Kaijus fucking up pretty much everything in their paths.
  • Elbow-thrusting rocket punches, swords, and dragging ships through the streets of Hong Kong.
  • Well thought-out set pieces reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Bladerunner.
  • The whole Hong Kong battle scene was perfect and one of the greatest special effects spectacles ever to grace the screen of a theater.
  • Idris Elba.

[X]NOT AWESOME[X]

  • Cocky douchebro main character whose introduction is an O.J.-chugging, high-fiving, ab-rippling brofest of brotastic broportions.
  • At times the story focused way to much on building flimsy character relationships when it should have just played to its strengths and showed more robots and monsters wreaking havoc. Or, you know… made the relationships less flimsy.
  • Minus points for central plot elements that blatantly jack a few innovative concepts from anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Gunbuster.

VERDICT

Pacific Rim is a decent popcorn movie with some absolutely amazing scenes that just beg to be experienced in a theater setting. You know how when you were a little kid you’d fantasize about what all your favorite shows like Voltron, Gundam, or even Power Rangers would be like in the future with super realistic effects? This is that fantasy come to life, but better. You owe it to the childhood version of yourself to watch this film.

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