Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

Guillermo del Toro (2013)

125min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Monster aliens emerge from under the sea to colonise the planet in this cheesy hybrid of Transformers and Godzilla from director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth). Earth's resistance, led by Idris Elba (BBC TV's Luther), consists of colossal robots operated by two humans sharing a neurological connection. Sadly, there's little romantic chemistry between star-crossed co-pilots Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi, while the other peripheral characters are of little interest. Too much downtime between epic battles means an overreliance on derivative macho drama and silly dialogue - especially the failed comedy double act of scientists Charlie Day and Burn Gorman. But when the gallery of supersized creatures face off against their towering iron giant opponents, this does become an engaging muddle of weird monsters and hardware, even if enervating sound and fury do win out over narrative sense. Del Toro provides a few of his signature visual flourishes, but this dumb but fun offering is the director at his most faceless.

Summary

A rift between dimensions opens up at the bottom of the Pacific ocean, and Earth is invaded by gigantic alien monsters. Equally massive robots, each controlled by two human pilots with their minds linked, are created to fight back against the creatures. Sci-fi adventure, starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba.

Cast & Crew

Raleigh Becket Charlie Hunnam
Mako Mori Rinko Kikuchi
Stacker Pentecost Idris Elba
Yancy Becket Diego Klattenhoff
Dr Newton Geiszler Charlie Day
Gottlieb Burn Gorman
Hannibal Chau Ron Perlman
Herc Hansen Max Martini
Director Guillermo del Toro
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Other Information

Language: English, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama