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Pacific Rim (2013) Review

Guillermo del Toro you glorious bastard! I walked into this film with high expectations and I mean really high expectations and yet somehow I still got more than I hoped for. This film wasn’t just giant monsters crashing against giant robots (which would have been enough for me) it had real characters and real emotions which make you care about them and that is incredibly important. The visuals go without saying but am saying it anyway, they were so EPIC in both scale and quality. The story works as well and I knew if Del Toro was involved it wouldn’t just be another mindless blockbuster, this film had intelligence and a lot of passion behind it. I didn’t expect this walking in but this is the first film I couldn’t find a flaw in this year. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below, if you have seen the film then check out the spoiler sections and I will look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.

“Today at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time.  We have chosen to believe in each other!  Today we face the monsters that are at our door, today we are cancelling the apocalypse!”

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Plot:

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended

Story: 85%     Acting: 90%     Characters: 85%     Dialogue: 80%

Sci-Fi/Action: 100%     Style/Sound: 100%     Visuals: 100%

Total: 92%

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The story is a truly unique one in that it doesn’t really have an enemy one person can stop or one country, it takes a massive worldwide collaboration and you can feel that watching the film. It’s nice to watch a film where the world comes together to fight something together in a way that isn’t super cheesy. The acting and characters are something I didn’t expect to be talking about much at all and yet it was surprisingly good. None of the actors are big stars but they are really talented and I liked their characters more than I had predicted walking in. The characters, especially the main ones have great depth and fun to them which doesn’t normally get seen in big films anymore because well there isn’t any room for it but this fit it in. Idris Elba had the best dialogue and played a wonderfully honourable character that you just get. And if Elba played the honour bound leader, Charlie Day definitely played the comic relief but did in a way that was massively relevant to the story of the film not just a silly sidekick.

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Lots to talk about in the science fiction and action parts of this film, but I’ll start off with the Jaegers which are not only insanely detailed but also the most realistic portrayal of a robot in an action film (Contender could be Elysium) that you are likely to see, the speed and movements feel like gears and hydraulics are working behind the thick metal plates. In terms of the giant monsters or Kaiju how weird and unique they all look, incredibly alien looking with glowing parts on the skin and insane weaponry. I loved the weird levels of detail like the black market dealer Hannibal Chau played by Ron Perlman dealing in Kaiju remains like the ground bone used for a crazy kind Viagra. Even the Kajiu waste got sold for fertilizer.

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Now onto the action side of the film, and wow was it thrilling to watch! I was right at the edge of my seat in all of the action sequences because the sense of threat was right at the front in every fight scene. The fighting was glorious from the skies up high to the big city of Hong Kong to bottom of the sea you get a passionate and violent collision between Giant robots and Giant monster! I’ll discus more in the spoiler section. In not one of the trailers did this films theme music get played and I think that’s a misstep because I loved it! It was so much fun and it felt like a weird homage to the music used in Japanese anime, it shocks you when you first experience it but it’s a good shock.

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It’s hard to get across how brilliant the visuals in this film really where, but I’ll give it my best. Amazing! Pure brilliance and whilst this year has produced some ground breaking visuals none of them have the same passion and measure of detail that Del Toro clearly had for his first big budget blockbuster. There’s a great part of the fight scenes where you will get completely fooled into forgetting that the robots are CGI because the detail was insane and the interaction between the pilots and Jaeger was perfectly timed and really worked for me. My personal favourite in visual terms was either the underwater battle or the epic set pieces surrounding the Hong Kong city attack. Even the rain hitting the Jaegers metal plates was so realistic.

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SPOILERS!!!

Seriously guys turn away now to avoid spoilers. I didn’t expect to feel the sheer threat to the pilots that you get in the fights. I mean you really feel scared for the pilots because the Del Toro puts the fear in this film. I felt more fear watching this film than the past 6 horror films I saw in cinema. In the first scenes with Hunnam you really see how evenly matched the Kaiju and Jaegers are and because of this the threat is established. Later in the Hong Kong city fights two Jaegers get taken out including the Crimson Tide which looked nice and am not sure why but that was nerve wrecking to watch. The ending was brilliant and it had this great heroic stand but I think it’s really funny how nukes saved the day, it seems strangely none PC but I thought it was quite funny.

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Trailer:

Don’t forget my trailer review.

The best reviews I found would be these:

“This movie is awesome. It will remain one of the 2013′s best blockbusters. It’s also a great addition to a fantastic year of science fiction, a genre that is growing on me.” Daniel’s Film Reviews. Full Review

“Pacific Rim is the type of film that a summer blockbuster should be; a film that starts out at full throttle and never lets up. I lost myself in this film for its entire running time.” Written In Blood. Full Review

“It’s got emotion, taste, an interesting premise, good acting, and one of the most expansive storylines I’ve ever had the pleasure of dissecting. It brings us into a world where these robots are necessary, where they are the heroes.” The Silver Screener. Full Review 

“Fans of giant monsters movies like Godzilla, etc. would have an especially enjoyable time watching the fight scenes of Kaiju vs. Jaegers. The  I have to admit that though I’m not into monster movies, I too was caught up in the whole spectacle!” Flix Chatter. Full Review 

“All I wanted to do during the film was stand up and cheer and fight right alongside the jaegers. I want one of my own. They are great. Each one unique and the enormity of their grandeur is rivaled by their size alone. The graphics, special effects, soundtrack, storyline, characters, action, destruction and more make this one Colossal Cinematic Experience that is not to be missed. It is, indeed, “two thousand five hundred tons of AWESOME!” The Focused Filmographer. Full Review

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Spoilers!

My favourite scene would have to be EPIC scenes stretching from the two category 4 Kaiju attacking the Russian and Chinese Jaegers to the Jaeger Gypsy Danger fighting the flying Kaiju above Hong Kong. It was such a huge area of the film and yet it was really well paced and kept things interesting with new locations and Kaiju.

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119 responses to “Pacific Rim (2013) Review”

  1. 55theintimidator55 says :

    I can’t believe you gave this movie a hundred. There’s just no way you can put this movie next to Braveheart and Shawshank Redemption, the classics. The action scenes were great obviously, but in mind opinion the characters were very bad. They were so cliched and unoriginal and there were a ton of plot holes. I’m having fun reading your reviews though, so from one Tim to another, good job. Make sure to check out my reviews.

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Haha got slightly carried away with this one but I still enjoyed it greatly. And with the type of film I love my Japanese monster films, both anime and live action. The characters are pretty cliche but that’s the style believe it or not and to me felt like an in joke 😀

      Still its not for everyone and I get that. Thanks for the comment and I hope you check out some other reviews, I’ll check out your site soon 😀

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  2. Vitosal says :

    I’m surprised that someone actually gave it 100%. I really enjoyed it. All i wanted to see was giant robots kicking the crap out of alien monsters and that’s precisely what I got. I think the plot was dumb, and the acting was “bleh” but again i just wanted to see giants tearing each other apart. Can’t wait for the blue ray release. 🙂

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  3. Mullerz says :

    I’m surprised you gave it 100% when previous films have scored less but been much better. Can’t think off the top of my head.

    This film however, wasnt great. The plot was poor, the acting was average and it was too “kiddy” for me.

    The only good thing I got from the film was the machines itself. The rest IMO was crap.

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      I judge films based on what they are. This is what I expect, this is what I got and I was very happy to get it 😀

      I know its not for everyone but compared to the rest of the films this summer claiming to be blockbusters which never had the same level of fun that this film did 😀

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  4. Lights Camera Reaction says :

    Very nice review! I’m seeing this tomorrow, so excited!

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  5. kierontownend says :

    So I’m taking it that you enjoyed this movie somewhat? 😛

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  6. table9mutant says :

    Great review. Um, so… Are you saying you liked it? Lol. I do love your passion for films (even ones that should be more like 75%). 😉

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  7. Tom says :

    Excellent review Tim, I love the enthusiasm. I def was a bit hard on the film in mine, because even though i did think some of the dialogue and character-writing were some of the weak points of the film, the rest of the film’s quality more than made up for that. It was a spectacular action film that really never let up. And hell yeah, I loved Idris Elba. His “cancel the apocalypse” moment was chilling.

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  8. adlibitur90 says :

    Good review, looks like it deserved all those 100%s :D. If I had stayed one day longer on my holiday I would have seen it but alas I missed it :/
    xxx

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  9. Hypersonic55 says :

    Cracking review man, honestly you’re pretty spot on dude! This film was the definition of a good time in the cinema yo. I heard loads of people bashing this film saying it was all action and no substance, that the script and acting was shit. I didn’t see any of that at all. I thought the film was incredible, the cast and story were lovely, but it was a spectacle to behold. Truly remarkable stuff in the creature and robot designs, and the CGI is godly but I expect nothing less from Industrial Light & Magic.

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Thanks, glad you agree. Its a cracking blockbuster film with a lot of fun 😀

      What was your favourite part of the film?

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      • Hypersonic55 says :

        No doubt yo, I hear that.

        And to pick a favourite part in the film? That would be bloody hard, I’d say it was either the scene you pointed out in your review or the initial fight between the two Jaegers and the two Kaiju in the ocean, that was some intense stuff and I liked seeing the monsters start to take the good guys down. OR possibly the point when Gipsy Danger kills the two Kaiju in Hong Kong! 😀

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        • Tim The Film Guy says :

          Great choices. Did you feel when watching the big battles that you feared for the characters because I was shocked that I did. More so than most horror films I have seen.

          But lets face it Hong Kong takes cake 😀

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          • Hypersonic55 says :

            Yeah man I totally was too! Those moments when the Kaiju were winning and then took out not only the 4-armed Jaeger, but the Russian one too and then the battle near the portal when the Jaegers are practically being beaten and ripped apart, I was so surprised asking myself “How the hell are they gonna make it out of this jam?” :O

            But yeah you’re totally right. 😀

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          • Tim The Film Guy says :

            That’s why Del Toro is such a glorious bastard 😀

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  10. The Celtic Predator says :

    I dunno man, I’ve seen the commercials and trailers for this many times, and every time, I feel like it looks like more of the same, loud, over-CGIed action schlock that’s come out a million times before. Do you PROMISE it’s good? Do I not judge the movie by it’s cover?

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Oh its a hundred times more fun than most of the summer blockbusters over last couple of years. I promise its very fun, past that I cannot promise anything because everyone has different tastes. It’s Del Toro so you should never judge it by its cover 😀

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  11. thelastsongiheard says :

    …and I’ll probably still wait for the DVD LOL But that’s more because of personal circumstances than anything else… great review though 🙂

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  12. r361n4 says :

    Lol, this and Man of Steel… Oh well, I have impossible standards I guess. The only one I’d majorly disagree with is the 100% in the Dialogue section, but otherwise I understand your enthusiasm. In the end the action is what we came to see, and it delivered on that end more than any other movie this summer. Good review

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Haha your standards are harsh. I really loved some of the dialogue and Idris’s smaller dialogues were excellent 😀

      Easily the best action of the summer and I hope Del Toro gets more opportunity to make big bombastic films 😀

      Favourite scene?

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  13. boxofficebuzzab says :

    Good review! I had a lot of fun with this one. 🙂 My favorite scene would have to be the battle in the streets of Hong Kong, where the Jaeger actually picks up a cargo ship and uses it as a weapon. That’s just plain awesome. 😉

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  14. markmc2012 says :

    God, I really want to see this, but money is tight. Might be a better investment for me to wait for the DVD release and buy it for less than it take for me and my son to go see it now.

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      I’d normally say that was ok but when it’s struggling in the box office and the huge scale of the film I’d suggest going to see it on the biggest screen you can. Try looking for some cinema deals or something and please tell me how much you loved it 😀

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  15. Fister Roboto says :

    That scene when the sword came out…holy shit!

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  16. Parlor of Horror says :

    Saw it last night and was thrilled! Great action and a lot of building smashing. I agree with Ruth, the part with the big ship was awesome 🙂

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Glad you liked it man and that you where one of the good people who went out to see an original Hollywood blockbuster. We need more of them 😀

      Can’t beat that ship to face interaction 😀

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  17. ruth says :

    I LOVE your glorious opening line 😀 Thanks for the link, yay I made it!!

    Glad to hear it satisfied even your already-lofty expectations. The action is just well, glorious. My fave scene (well apart from whenever Idris’ on screen) is when Gypsy (see we’re on first names basis now) drags the giant ship and whack the Kaiju with it! It was like AWESOME!!!

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      You know it’s going to be a good review from me when I struggle to hold back the profanities 😀

      I couldn’t believe how much fun this film was, from start to end. A great Summer Blockbuster.

      Both great scenes and we had a lot to choose from. You looking forward to Del Toro’s next big project?

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