By Benjamin Lane
Pacific Rim. (2013). Run time: 131 mins. MPAA: PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language). Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Ron Perlman. Written by Travis Beacham. Directed by Guillermo del Toro.
“Go big or go extinct.” So reads the tagline for Pacific Rim, the latest film from visionary director Guillermo del Toro. When you see a poster that features that tagline and you see a giant robot and/or a giant monster and you see del Toro’s name on the credits, you can expect one of two things. One, you could expect a masterpiece such as del Toro’s film Pan’s Labyrinth or you could just go in, sit down, and enjoy a two hour long blockbuster that features robots fighting monsters. The latter is good enough for me. And it will be for you too. Pacific Rim is a rip roaring good time at the movies.
I think this is one of those movies that hardly anyone wanted to see because they just didn’t know what it is, but there is a minority who eagerly went to the midnight premiere, then they influenced the undecided to go the following weekend. I was a part of that minority. I loved this movie. I’m not saying it’s Guillermo del Toro’s best work, that is without a doubt Pan’s Labyrinth and even Hellboy II is a better film, but for what it tries to be and what it sets out to accomplish, Pacific Rim is everything it should be and it is one of the most enjoyable times at the movies I’ve had all year. Charlie Hunnam leads the cast, and does a pretty good job, along with Diego Klattenhoff. Of course you can’t go wrong with Idris Elba (Prometheus, Thor, BBC‘s Luther), and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Hellboy II) is thrown in there also. But the obvious aspect of Pacific Rim that everyone who is into this movie is concerned about is the direction and the special effects. Del Toro delivers on all cylinders. Which then again, who thought he wouldn’t? When it comes to monsters in movies, he always delivers. He’s the master of it. Is Pacific Rim scary? Yes. Is it funny? Oh yes. Is it visually immaculate? Absolutely! That’s what del Toro is all about.
FINAL VERDICT: There really isn’t much else to talk about with Pacific Rim. It’s a Guillermo del Toro movie about people who get in giant robotic machines and use them to fight giant monsters, sometimes under water. I’m sold, and you know you are too. It’s so worth it. (B+)