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Pacific Rim (Film/Movie) Review

Pacific Rim (Film/Movie) Review

Pacific Rim (Film/Movie) Review

Pacific Rim is a 2013 American science fiction Film directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by del Toro and Travis Beacham, and starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman. The film is set in the 2020s, when Earth is under attack by Kaiju, colossal monsters which have emerged from a portal on the ocean floor. To combat the monsters, humanity unites to create the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid mecha, each controlled by two pilots whose minds are joined by a neural bridge. Focusing on the war's later days, the story follows Raleigh Becket, a washed-up Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and teamed with rookie pilot Mako Mori in a last-ditch effort to defeat the Kaiju.

Del Toro envisioned Pacific Rim as an earnest, colorful adventure story, with an "incredibly airy and light feel", in contrast to the "super-brooding, super-dark, cynical summer movie". The director focused on "big, beautiful, sophisticated visuals" and action that would satisfy an adult audience, but has stated his "real hope" is to introduce the kaiju and mecha genres to a generation of children. While the film draws heavily on these genres, it avoids direct references to previous works. Del Toro intended to create something original but "madly in love" with its influences, instilled with "epic beauty" and "operatic grandeur".

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The film is produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. It was released to generally positive reviews on July 12, 2013 including releases in 3-D and IMAX 3D.

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In the near future, giant monsters identified as Kaijus have risen from a portal in a crevasse beneath the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a war that takes millions of lives and quickly consumes humanity's resources. To combat the monsters, a special type of weapon is designed: massive, humanoid fighting machines, known as Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are bound in a neural link which lets them share the mental strain which would otherwise overwhelm a single pilot.

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The Jaeger program is initially successful in fending off Kaiju attacks and at first turns the tide of the war. However, over time, Kaijus cross through the portal at a faster rate, with each new Kaiju becoming increasingly well-adapted for fighting the Jaegers. As such, the robots become less effective, causing the now-united governments of Earth to lose faith in the Jaegers' ability to defend humanity. The Jaeger program is terminated, with resources diverted to building the "Wall of Life", a coastal fortification to protect Earth's cities. The four remaining Jaegers are redeployed to Hong Kong to defend the unfortified coastline until the wall can be completed. Stacker Pentecost, commander of the Jaeger forces, devises a plan to end the war with an illegally-acquired Russian nuclear warhead.

Pentecost approaches former pilot Raleigh Becket and convinces him to return to the program. Becket and his brother Yancy had once been pilots of Gipsy Danger and tasked with defending the Alaskan coastline. During a mission, they ignored an order and engaged a Kaiju directly. Yancy was killed while connected to his brother, traumatizing Raleigh. Upon returning to the program, Raleigh undergoes a rigorous process of testing to find a new co-pilot, since the stronger the connection between two pilots, the better their performance in battle. Raleigh demands to be partnered with Mako Mori, a test pilot whose participation Pentecost opposes, as Mako is his adoptive daughter. He eventually relents and allows her to partner Raleigh. The duo's initial test run nearly ends in disaster when Mako gets caught up in a childhood memory of a Kaiju attack; she inadvertently activates and nearly discharges Gipsy Danger's plasma cannon while in the hangar. The duo are withdrawn from the field indefinitely as the remaining Jaegers are tasked with fending off a double Kaiju attack. The defense of Hong Kong goes poorly, with the Kaijus quickly destroying two Jaegers and disabling a third. Pentecost has no choice but to authorize Raleigh and Mako to mount a last stand, and the duo drive off the assault.

Meanwhile, Dr. Newton Geizler—a scientist studying the Kaijus—assembles a machine allowing him to establish a mental link with a Kaiju brain fragment in the way Jaeger pilots connect with one another. The experience nearly kills him, but he discovers the Kaijus are actually artificial weapons sent to Earth as an invading force to allow their masters to colonize the planet. With Pentecost's approval, he seeks out Hannibal Chau, a major figure in the trade of illegal Kaiju parts, in an attempt to get a new Kaiju brain to repeat the experiment. Chau criticizes Geizler's foolishness in merging with the Kaiju brain, as he has now attracted their attention, and the Kaiju attacking Hong Kong are specifically seeking him. After Gipsy Danger kills the Kaijus attacking the city, Chau and his crew of poachers move in to harvest parts. Geizler realizes, too late, that the Kaiju is female and is pregnant. Chau and his crew are attacked by the newborn Kaiju, which is unable to survive outside the womb and dies after eating Chau and being strangled by its own umbilical cord. Geizler and his skeptical colleague Hermann Gottlieb merge with the baby Kaiju's intact brain, where they discover the secret controlling the flow of Kaijus through the portal.

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The Jaeger forces reassemble, planning to use the nuclear warhead to destroy the portal. Pentecost, revealed to have been one of the original Jaeger pilots, takes command of Striker Eureka as Herc Hansen, one of its usual pilots was injured during the defense of Hong Kong. Pentecost and Herc's son, Chuck, Striker Eureka's other pilot, ventures out into the ocean depths, with Raleigh and Mako supporting him aboard Gipsy Danger. Geizler and Gottleib inform them that the portal has a fail-safe system to control the passage of Kaijus, and will only allow them to enter if they can mimic a Kaiju's genetic code. Before they can process this information, they are attacked by a trio of Kaijus, including the largest monster in recorded history. Pentecost detonates the warhead, destroying his Jaeger and sacrificing himself and Chuck along with it, in order to kill the remaining Kaijus guarding the portal. Raleigh and Mako seize a Kaiju's corpse and use it to pass through the portal, intending to overload Gipsy Danger's nuclear reactor to use it as an improvised bomb. With the Jaeger critically damaged by the fight, Raleigh ejects Mako and manually overrides Gipsy Danger's safety protocols before ejecting himself. Gipsy Danger detonates on the other side of the portal, destroying it and the alien commanders, as the two pilots emerge safely on the sea's surface.

In a post-credits scene, Chau—revealed to have survived—cuts his way out of the baby Kaiju's stomach.


  • Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket
  • Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost
  • Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori
  • Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geizler
  • Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb, A scientist studying the Kaijus alongside Geizler. According to del Toro, Gottlieb is a "tweed-wearing, English, phlegmatic introvert that never leaves the lab". The modest Gottlieb resents Geizler's arrogance and radical behavior; the duo echo the film's theme of incompatible people functioning together when the time comes.
  • Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau
  • Heather Doerksen as Lt. Sasha Kaidanovsky
  • Ellen McLain as Jaeger AI, The voice of the Jaegers' artificial intelligence system. Del Toro secured permission from Valve Corporation to cast McLain in homage to GLaDOS, her homicidal AI character in the Portal video games. The director stated: "It was clear to me that we needed something beautiful in that voice. My daughter is my wingman, we had done co-op on Portal 2 for a long time and I did Portal 1 when it came out. It becomes ingrained in you, that voice. I didn't want to use her as a negative force of evil. I called Valve and asked 'Can you give us the filter?' so we went full GLaDOS for the first commercial, but I thought it was too much. If you're a gamer, it's too distracting so we created our own GLaDOS 2.0 filter that's a little less full-on."
  • Robert Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen, An Australian Jaeger pilot considered the finest soldier left in the Resistance. He and his father are the Resistance's "go-to team"..
  • Robert Maillet as Lt. Aleksis Kaidanovsky, Sasha's co-pilot.
  • Max Martini as Herc Hansen, Chuck's father and co-pilot.
  • Clifton Collins Jr. as Tendo Choi, a Chinese American Jaeger technician.
  • Diego Klattenhoff as Yancy Becket, Raleigh's original co-pilot and brother.
  • Santiago Segura as an aide to Hannibal Chau.
  • Thomas Tull, the film's producer, in a cameo appearance.


Pacific Rim was initially expected to reach theaters in July 2012. However, Warner Bros. decided to move the film's release date back to May 10, 2013. In March 2012, it was announced that the film would be released on July 12, 2013.

Box Office

As of July 14, 2013, Pacific Rim has grossed $38,300,000 in North America, and $53,000,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $91,300,000.

The film opened to #3 in its first weekend, with $38,300,000, behind Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups 2.

Potential Sequel

In July 2012, del Toro discussed the possibility of making a Pacific Rim sequel. "We always leave ideas that were in the first draft as you go along. You know, either a set piece that was great but too expensive, an idea that was really bright, but it couldn't quite fit the structure... so we have a little stash of stuff we wanted to do that we didn't get to do. So if that's a possibility, A) I would be very happy to do a sequel, but B) a lot of these ideas, set pieces and all that, actually have in them a really good seed for a sequel."

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On December 4, 2012, Legendary Pictures announced that it had selected Pacific Rim co-writer Travis Beacham to write the sequel, along with del Toro, though there was no comment as to whether del Toro would return to direct the second film.

At WonderCon 2013, del Toro expressed enthusiasm for a potential crossover between Pacific Rim and Godzilla—another Legendary Pictures kaiju film—but stressed that no such plans were in place.

In July 2013, del Toro discussed the sequel, stating: "The main idea that we're bouncing off is the fact that Newt drifted with a Kaiju brain, and all Kaiju brains are connected. We say that. They are like a hive mentality. So, you know, draw your own conclusions." The director has also stated the sequel will feature "Gipsy 2.0", as well as a "merging of Kaiju and Jaeger".

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