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!”



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%


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.



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



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. Gene says :

    Wow, perfect score eh? You’ve got me very excited to see it, terrific review!


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      I did not expect walking into this summer to have this film to take the perfect score when Iron Man 3, Into Darkness and Man of Steel just couldn’t reach the 100% target. But Pacific Rim is pure fun from start to end just like a summer blockbuster should be 😀

      Go see it on the biggest screen you can find. I went for IMAX 3D 😀


  2. Nerdy Girl Ramblings says :

    I didn’t read past the beginning of this review to avoid spoilers… but I am so excited to see this and I’m thrilled you see you loved it. I ❤ Guillermo del Toro.


  3. Brian @ Hard Ticket to Home Video says :

    So you’re saying you liked the picture?


  4. keith7198 says :

    Good gravy! 100%? Did you like it? 😉


  5. Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop says :

    Only skimmed this as I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m even more excited now after seeing such high praise! Glad you love it so much, Tim!


  6. Gary Woodcock says :

    really great review, completely agree. the visuals were unbelievably stylish. unlike you, i wasn’t that excited going in – but i was completely, totally blown away by it.


  7. davecrewe says :

    Great review man. I thought I might be in the minority in really liking this film, good to see other people had the same appreciation for it!


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Thanks, same back to you. Nice to know your not alone in your opinion 😀

      Favourite scene?


      • davecrewe says :

        That’s a tough question! I loved seeing the water rush back into fill the vacuum created by the explosion in the climax. I loved pretty much everything about the Hong Kong battle, particularly when the sword was revealed. But, honestly, my highlight was probably the scene where Idris Elba essentially beats up Charlie Hunnam with the chain of command for daring to question him – Elba plays angry and authoritative better than anyone.


        • Tim The Film Guy says :

          That first one is pretty nerdy Dave 😀

          Oh the sword was pure nerdgasm material!

          Oh yeah I tried to remember that great line he says in that scene with Hunnam but I just couldn’t quite remember it.

          Good choices man 😀


  8. Zoë says :

    WOW! I had to see what you thought about this, I mean you have been so excited for so long! Lovely review, should check it out sometime!


  9. leocravenauthor says :

    Loved the movie…the most fun I’ve had at the theatre this year!


  10. CMrok93 says :

    Nice review Tim. Can’t say I loved it, but I had a great time nonetheless. If they jacked-up the characters a bit and made them less hollow, then maybe I would be more ecstatic about this one.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Thanks Dan. Now I actually liked the characters, they weren’t complex but they played their part and were likable. I think if the characters where given a bigger chunk of the film then it would have taken away from the film. Still I am sure we agree on the visuals and action 😀

      Favourite scene?


  11. Ripley Connor says :

    You do realize this was based on actual alien and terminator wars, right??
    They just decided to make the aliens and terminators larger.


  12. mikeyb185 says :

    I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. The battle in Hong Kong was mind blowing, its such a good film. It was cheesy in a good way and the action made up for the slightly clichéd characters. Great review Tim


  13. Daniel Prinn says :

    Great review, Tim! Yeah, like you said Charlie Day didn’t feel simply like comic relief, I don’t remember the last time a supporting character played such a critical role! (At least that comes immediately to mind.) And Day and Burn Gorman were just comedic gold together. I mean, I would have liked to see a little less splashing and rain, and more fights in the daylight, but it was awesome regardless. My favourite scene was probably the fight in the city, at least there wasn’t any splashing in that scene!

    And thanks for the link love, buddy 🙂


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Thanks Dan, glad you liked the film 😀

      Charlie Day was a lot of fun and I hope if they do a sequel that his character returns for more of his crazy scientist humour 😀

      The city fight was amazing, glad you agree with me on that 😀


  14. filmswithcappie says :

    Hahaha nice, Tim. 100% is a very deserved rating for this film!


  15. Issy R. says :

    Wow, 100% across the board! I do find some flaws in the film but it was still fantastic. Glad you really enjoyed and gave it the perfect score. Great review!


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      No one is more shocked than me that Pacific Rim is the first film in 2013 to get a perfect score from me. The films I thought would do it where Iron Man 3, Into Darkness and Man of Steel. But this was the only purely fun blockbuster film 😀

      Thanks for commenting and what was your favourite scene of the film?


  16. jmount43 says :

    Great review and thanks for the mention, Tim. Hopefully it will drive some views and comments my way, lol. 🙂


  17. le0pard13 says :

    Just got back from my second IMAX screening and enjoyed it once again. Fave summer movie! We’re in agreement


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Not sure I can afford two IMAX screenings but I am sure i’ll see it again soon in the cinema 😀

      Glad you loved it, what was your favourite part?


      • le0pard13 says :

        So many in the film, but likely that emotional finale and Stacker Pentecost uttering this piece of dialogue:

        One: Don’t you ever touch me again. Two: Don’t you ever touch me again.


        • Tim The Film Guy says :

          Haha oh yeah that was a good one and there’s a piece of dialogue he has that I tried to put at the top of my review but couldn’t remember it all. Went along the lines of “Do not let my calm demeanor fool you, I am the last man standing and the never faltering authority on this base” That’s not quite right but I cant quite remember 😀


  18. sydneyaaliyah says :

    I just saw it and loved it. Love it when a movie exceeds expectations.


  19. The Focused Filmographer says :

    AWESOME review, Tim! Wow. What praise. and I agree with you (of course!) Thanks for the mention at the bottom. I really had such a great time with this and am only saddened that more people aren’t going to go see it for some reason.

    You’re right, each of the characters really had a part to play and did it in a way that still did not take away from the action. I enjoyed this on so many levels. Great review! Woohoo


  20. Three Rows Back says :

    Strong review! Really looking forward to this.


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