Pacific Rim is a futuristic science fiction film that deals with the man versus nature conflict. The plot works on the premise - To fight monsters, we created monsters. It's a story layered with hints of a potentially rich but underdeveloped science fiction mythology, full of satirical and hypothetical touches that are ultimately overdosed with gladiator-style fighting sequences between the monsters and metallic robots that represent the film's raison d'etre.
The film grabs your attention at the start with a voiceover
prologue that fills in the back story of this epic war between man
and Kaiju - gigantic monsters. These monsters surface from the core
of the earth when the tectonic plates shift and create havoc by
destroying cities in a matter of minutes.
The film begins in 2020 Alaska, seven years after the first
Kaiju attack when the people of Earth that formed the Pan Pacific
Defense Corps (PPDC), commissioned the 'Jaegers', a 25-storied tall
robots to ward off the Kaiju attacks. This unique robot is operated
by two humans, one to operate the torso and the other to operate
the lower section of the robot's body.
It works on the 'Drift' concept, where the minds of the two
pilots need to synchronise. Two Beckett brothers Raleigh (Charlie
Hunnam) and Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) initially team up to
co-pilot the Jaeger which engages a Kaiju off the coast of Alaska.
Their mission is unsuccessful due to Raleigh's cockiness which led
to the tragedy.
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Pacific Rim Story
What follows is PPDC commander Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba)
strategising how to overcome the problem. He teams up Raleigh with
a Japanese co-pilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) and recruits Geizler
and Gottlieb (Charlie Day and Burn Gorman), a pair of
Drawbacks In Pacific Rim
While every character is quirky with a back story and engaging,
none of them ever really come to life, resulting in a strange
disconnect between the characters and the audiences. The plot
scripted by Travis Beacham and Guillermo del Toro, though not
convoluted, has a list of cliches. It lacks the element of
Characterisation In Pacific Rim
To top it all, the dialogues are dull, making the act staid. All
the actors are underused with equally robotic expressions, except
for Ron Perlman, who with a snazzy outfit, as the shadowy Kaiju
parts dealer, breathes some life to his performance.
Pacific Rim Has Sound Technical Elements
Technically, Pacific Rim is an outstanding achievement
from the director and his ace special effects team. To create the
creatures of such magnitude and for the craftsmanship of bringing
it to life, is no mean feat.
Guillermo Navarro's Picturisaion
The cinematography by Guillermo
Navarro seamlessly merges with the animated computer generated
images. The smooth quick edits by John Gilroy and Peter Amundson
conspire to create a dynamic visual rhythm. The only thing that is
overpowering is Ramin Djawadi's mounting background score.
Pacific Rim - Verdict
Pacific Rim is Guillermo del Toro's loudest movie and
to be honest, the din numbs your senses, forcing your mind to shut
sporadically. Watch it only if you are a metallic fan.
Pacific Rim Cast And Crew
Producer: Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Guillermo
del Toro, Mary Parent
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff and Brad William Henke
Music: Ramin Djawadi
Cinematography: Guillermo Navarro
Release date: July 12, 2013