Movie Review #382: Pacific Rim

Guillermo Del Toro’s childhood dream coming to life is met by a lot of setbacks

Pacific Rim delivers heart-pumping action on an epic scale, but it suffers from poor writing, overacting and ridiculous characters. Still entertaining, but the flaws spoil some of the fun.

With humans controlling giant robots fighting against colossal alien invaders, it felt like a kid playing was with his favorite toys. It’s pleasing and worthwhile to watch, but it also seemed like the script was made by a 10 year old. Some of the dialogue wasn’t well thought of, and plot developments meant to bring the story forward didn’t make any sense and could’ve been written better. In terms of execution, the visual aspect was beautifully done without a doubt. From the level of detail of the ocean to the use of major parts of the cities as a playground for destruction, you can’t help but be wowed by the amount of hardwork and effort exerted to make the effects and CGI perfect.

But you’d think they’d give the same effort for the other aspects of the movie. The casting is awful. What’s more, the characters the actors had to portray were even worse. The writers seemed very fixated on creating unrealistic, over-the-top personas and people will remember them for that and won’t even care what their names are. Idris Elba was only one who did okay, but I credit that to his loud voice more than anything.

Despite all that, I couldn’t shoot down the film completely. It’s harmless if you’re just searching for some good entertainment. You might even find pleasure looking for comedy in some unintended places in between the riveting action. It’s up to you if you’re willing to take the risk.

GRADE: C+

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