By Dan Metcalf
Clipper Film Correspondent
Pacific Rim (Warner Bros.)
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language.
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Diego Klattenhoff, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr., Ron Perlman.
Written by Travis Beacham and Guillermo del Toro.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro.
A good science fiction movie seems harder and harder to find. It's a good thing Guillermo del Toro is out there, working hard to keep all us geeks entertained. The man who brought us Pan's Labrynth and the Hellboy movies decided to tackle Pacific Rim, the story of huge robots controlled by humans that battle monsters from another dimension.
The premise of the story is this: Giant monsters named Kaiju suddenly begin emerging from the ocean floor, arriving on land and destroying civilization. To combat the Kaiju, the humans unite to build giant robots called Jaegers, which are controlled by two humans that share a mental bond, so that they can control such large weapons.
Charlie Hunnam is Raleigh, one of the Jaeger pilots who quits the program after his brother is killed in a Kaiju battle. Raleigh is recruited by Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) to join the Jaeger program again for a final push that they hope will close the Kaiju portal and end the conflict. Raleigh is teamed with Mako (Rinko Kikuchi), a Japanese Jaeger pilot in training who also happened to be rescued from a Kaiju attack by Pentecost when she was a small child.
Before the big plan goes into effect, scientists work to discover a way to get inside the minds of the monsters to figure out what they are really up to. Two of those scientists are Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) and his partner Dr. Gottlieb (Burn Gorman), who deal with a shady Kaiju body parts dealer named Hannibal (Ron Perlman) so they can get access to a monster brain.
As the final battle approaches, Geiszler and Gottlieb discover a way to not only stop the monsters from surfacing, but to also get rid of the portal forever. Raleigh and Mako team up with Penetcost and another troubled Jaeger pilot named Chuck (Robert Kazinsky) to make a last desperate attempt to close the portal on the ocean floor.
Pacific Rim is an incredible movie with spectacular special effects and a lot of monster-on-robot action. The story is unique, the performances by the cast are perfect, and the robots are some of the coolest things you'll ever see on film. Guillermo del Toro really understands how to make movies look incredible, while making the stories interesting. He's a hard working filmmaker, and I hope he keeps making more great movies like Pacific Rim.