Pacific Rim (2013)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  , , .  Story by , Screenplay by Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Guillermo del Toro, , , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Hunnam in Pacific Rim.

The future isn’t looking so bright when the world is beset by giant monsters, the kaiju of Japanese fiction lore, who rise from our oceans and destroy city after city and cost millions of lives.  Humans have adapted to their presence by building giant robotic machines called Jaegers, operated by pairs of mentally linked pilots, but the threat looms imminent all the same.  Following a pre-credits sequence, in which a star pilot () loses his brother to a kaiju attack, the Jaeger program is in danger of being dismantled in favour of a plan to build giant walls around populated areas that will keep the mammoth beasts out.  Turns out that Plan A was working better after all, leaving our hero to step in and save the day in between angry bouts of willpower with his superior officer (a bland ) and a muted romance with a colleague ().  None of it makes much sense, there’s a subplot involving scientist  and shady trafficker that simply baffles me, but the sense of grandeur in the visual effects is matched by a gleeful level of fun coming from director Guillermo Del Toro behind the camera.  I don’t know why every attack has to happen in rainy darkness, but I do know that I had a marvelous time suspending my disbelief and enjoying the technoporn being offered here.

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