Movie Title: Pacific Rim
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 2 hr. and 11 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
Pacific Rim is about the battle between the Kaiju and the Jaeger. Kaiju are giant creatures that crawl out of the depths of the Pacific Ocean floor. The Jaeger are giant mechanized hunters designed to combat them. A Jaeger requires two pilots because one can’t handle the strain. The movie opens with Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and his brother Yancy going on a mission to fight a level two Kaiju. It is the largest of its size ever yet encountered. The monster is defeated, but in the process Yancy is killed. Five years later, the Jaeger program is inexplicably cancelled in favor of building a wall to keep the Kaiju out. Like all walls, this clearly is not going to work. Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) goes rogue and takes the remaining Jaegers with him to Hong Kong to keep up the fight. Raleigh disappears.
Pentecost has a new plan to stop the attacks, but he needs Becket to pilot one of the four remaining Jaegers in the world. After accepting he relocates to Hong Kong. He must find a new partner that he can successfully meld with in a rather complex process. He also meets Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Dr. Herman Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) who are scientists studying the Kaiju. Geiszler wants to use the technology that Jaeger pilots use to meld with the Kaiju and learn about them. Gottlieb has realized that the frequency of attacks is increasing and that they are likely to be completely overrun in the near future. Drastic actions are needed. There is a fair bit of character development up front, but it is worth it once you get to the monster action. The acting in the early part of the movie is pretty weak by everyone including Idris Elba, but it gets better as the action ramps up.
The monster design is super cool. I can imagine Guillermo del Toro and company sitting around the room designing these creatures. Hmm…let’s give this one a tail with a hand at the end, an acid sack, and wings. The creatures are delightfully bonkers. Cities get leveled and there are some cool and even whimsical action sequences.
It could have used a little more rock and a little less talk, but overall it is what a giant monster movie should be. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Unsane (2018)