Pacific Rim (2013) – Go Big or Go Extinct

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” is a science fiction film. It has the theme of a robot fight against giant monsters. It’s a combination of “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and “Godzilla”. Together with Travis Beacham, both of them have planned the script since 2007. Beginning in 2011 after Legendary Pictures bought the Beacham project in 2010, the shooting began from the late of 2011 until 2012. Guillermo del Toro was also a producer and scriptwriter; stating he accidentally packed this film for everyone.

The story is set in the future. Earth gets a new threat coming from the Pacific Ocean. It’s in the form of aliens, identified as “Kaiju” or giant monsters. Kaiju first appeared in San Francisco, in a short time having destroyed three cities. Killed tens of thousands of lives, finally was conquered by the military. However, the threat doesn’t stop at the place because kaiju reappears in the short term.

Humanity is now united against the Kaiju by making a weapon in the form of a giant robot named “Jaeger” or hunter. Jaeger one by one began to successfully conquer the Kaiju. The robot and the pilot more famous among the people. Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket and Diego Klattenhoff as Yancy Becket are one of the many pilot pairs. They defeated Kaiju by using a Jaeger named Gipsy Danger. Unfortunately, when fighting a Kaiju, they found that the kaiju they encountered evolved.

After the five years passed over the Becket brothers, Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost called back Raleigh to join the final defense team. As well as being a Jaeger pilot. It’s not easy for Raleigh after losing his brother. However, together with Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, a Raleigh co-pilot and three Jaeger pilots who were left behind, the defense team was formed. They must fight for the sake of saving humanity from Kaiju’s threat.

“Pacific Rim” offers a broad and epic massive destructive scale. For young and adult, they seem to go back to their childhood where monster against monster still become mainstream pop culture. The visual effects of Jaeger against Kaju are truly realistic, able to astonish the audience. The city looks destroyed when the battle takes place on the top, from both a distance and a close perspective, not just the destructive level of the city. More detailed points when they also show Jaeger’s damage. Both from the weather conditions and from the Kaiju battle, del Toro shows everything.

Jaeger and Kaiju robot designs are interesting points in “Pacific Rim”. The design of robots and giant monsters shown in this film at a glance doesn’t really remind there weren’t many science fiction films like this since this film. However, Jaeger was once said to be one of the largest robot designs today with a height almost equivalent to a skyscraper; deliberately designed differently with the ability of the original control system. Likewise with the Kaiju design, having different and varied designs, their abilities are different too.

The movie focuses a lot on the battle in an attractive visual effect. However, it doesn’t apply to the development of story and interactions between characters. “Pacific Rim”, on the other hand, offers a drama plot focusing on the human side, presenting the story is flat. Beacham might just write the plot more interesting because certain parts don’t explain more about the background. Not many characters in this film besides the protagonist and other characters. It feels like watching Roland Emmerich’s “Godzilla” but there is more fanservice.

Given the initial target audience of “Pacific Rim” refers to a young age, it’s not surprising there are still many plot holes in the story. Apart from all which, “Pacific Rim” is an entertainment experience from a different perspective, for all ages, but the massive battle between giant robots and monsters is just amazing. Is this one of the reasons why we watch a film? Is this one of the reasons why we go to the cinema? Another anime and pop culture, Guillermo del Toro, again, nailed it this movie.

3.5 out of 5 stars.