Rob’s Quick Review: Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim on
Letter Grade:

The Good:

Magnificent world-building.
Spectacular special effect.

The Bad:

Writing doesn't keep up with the visuals.
One-dimensional characters.
No real substance to match the visual flash.

Cast & Crew:

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Written by: Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day & Ron Perlman

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language

Pacific Rim has magnificent world-building, and spectacular special effects. It’s just visually breathtaking. (Even if I do wish the Mech/Kaiju fights were obscured less by rain and the night.)  Unfortunately the writing doesn’t keep up with the visuals. It has a good framework there, but nothing’s really properly fleshed out from a character perspective. The characters are closer to action figures than they are to real people, they’ve very one-dimensional. Yes, the Kaiju do a lot of damage to the city of Hong Kong in Pacific Rim, but I’m pretty sure about half that damage is actually just from Ron Perlman chewing through the scenery. (Which actually isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I was more than ready for a character to at least be memorable.) If you’re looking for a visual feast then Pacific Rim has you covered, but if you’re looking for anything more substantial then Pacific Rim just melts away like cotton candy.

*Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

Rob Bernard (108 Posts)

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