Pacific Rim movie review
Everything that is memorable about Pacific Rim is so largely based on the level of that was cool, not much in character development and storytelling. But cool matters, particularly in this summer of 2013, where such a very large number of movies have not been cool.
Having accepted that conventional weaponry would be of no use fighting these monsters, the governments of Earth sunk all of their time and resources into developing skyscraper-sized robots called Jaegers. A couple of years later, the battle between the sides had reached a stalemate, with humanity just being able to get back on its feet in the weeks between Kaiju appearances, and it’s in this time that we meet the Becket brothers, pilots of Jaegers, the robots being necessarily controlled by two humans sharing a mental link to operate the two hemispheres of the giant machine’s synthetic brain. The Becket boys are able to successfully fend off a Kaiju, but at grievous cost, and one is killed during the battle, sending the other into a depressive spiral where he hides for five years, watching as humanity slowly loses a war of attrition.
The rest of the movie plays out as an unresolved tension between two forces, how immensely wonderful the design of everything is, and how terribly uninteresting the people are.
However the film’s visuals are so intoxicating that just living in the movie’s world for a couple of hours is entirely worthwhile, even if it’s not the most dramatically compelling place to be. And the action which is the thing that brought us all together is pretty superlative, bombastic and creative in its scale, while also maintaining a sense of dignity about the human cost of massive destruction. I was wondering why the director had to stage all of the fighting at night and mostly in the rain but the result is that the giants in Pacific Rim look pretty damn good, and the film overall has the most convincing and involving visual effects that I’ve seen so far in 2013…and the minute the movie ends, the best you can say is that you weren’t ashamed to enjoy it.
I give it a rating of 7/10 and I highly recommend it.
by Barinda Zehurikize Abraham
Author: Moses Echodu
Moses is a Ugandan writer and blogger. Studied information technology with major interests in Journalism.He is passionate about sports but at times ventures into other fields
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