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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