Pacific Rim

"There are things you can't fight - acts of God. You see a hurricane coming, you get out of the way. But when you're in a Jaeger, you can finally fight the hurricane. You can win."   - Raleigh

release year: 2013
genre: sci-fi/fantasy/action
viewing setting: home Bluray, 5/27/17 and 1/26/14

synopsis: In the 2020s, the world is under constant attack from gigantic monsters, and defends itself with gigantic manned robots...but things are getting worse.

impressions: Every once in a while, I go into a movie without any expectations or idea what's going to happen, and then enjoy the hell out of it. This was one of those times. This movie was just great - it had giant monsters (the best thing about the old Godzilla movies and toys) and giant robotic warriors (the best thing about the old Shogun Warriors toys and comics) and it all came together on the big screen in a thrilling, action-packed blockbuster spectacle. There were human-level drama and humor parts, but the heart of the movie was really the kaiju and the Jaegers. There were tons of cool/neat ideas here, and the battles, destruction, and special effects were outstanding.

acting: Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi are the main two pilots, who both have different sorts of past issues with the monsters. Idris Elba is the super-authoritative general in command of the Jaegers. Charlie Day is a goofy scientist, and Burn Gorman is a serious one. Max Martini and Robert Kazinsky are a tough Australian father-son team. Ron Perlman is a black market monster-organ harvester.

final word: Outstanding fun, I can't recommend it enough.

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