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Pacific Rim

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • 125 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Sci-fi action adventure from the director of The Shape of Water, starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba. In an epic war between colossal monsters from under the sea and gigantic human-controlled robots, it's up to two unlikely heroes to save mankind.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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). Led by a heroic Idris Elba, Earth's resistance 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.

Credits

Cast

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Raleigh BecketCharlie Hunnam
Stacker PentecostIdris Elba
Mako MoriRinko Kikuchi
Dr Newton GeiszlerCharlie Day
Chuck HansenRobert Kazinsky
Herc HansenMax Martini
Hannibal ChauRon Perlman
Tendo ChoiClifton Collins Jr
Dr Hermann GottliebBurn Gorman
AleksisRobert Maillet
Yancy BecketDiego Klattenhoff

Crew

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DirectorGuillermo del Toro

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2013-07-12
Languages
English | Japanese | Chinese
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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