Pacific Rim, for those who don’t know, is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Guillermo del Toro about giant humanoid robots fist fighting giant reptile monsters. It got pretty average to negative reviews, and I’ve noticed that a lot of my peers hate on the film. They call it unrealistic, stupid, cliched, with bad writing and plot holes. Despite the negative reviews and general hate towards the film I’ve experienced, Pacific Rim is one of my favorite movies that delivers on the promise it gives: giant robots fighting giant monsters.
As we have discussed in class, film is a medium that dives into different forms of art, education, and spectacle. Every movie doesn’t need to have Oscar worthy acting, directing, and writing. We need variety in films, and that’s what makes genre films that know what they are and stick with it so good. And that’s what makes Pacific Rim so good.
If you go into watching this film looking for a deep, emotional, and thought provoking story, with all-star acting, you will be disappointed. Just as the movie knows what it is, you need to know what it is and expect it.
Pacific Rim is about awesome robot and monsters in wicked action scenes. That’s what I expected, and that’s what I got. Even with the right attitude, Pacific Rim blew me away. It has some of the coolest, and most stylish big scale actions scene I have every seen. In one scene, a robot uses a huge ship as a sword, a sword! Just watch here. If you don’t think that’s the raddest thing you’ve ever seen…well, I guess that’s fine, but still that scene is awesome.
Pacific Rim may have plot holes, mediocre acting and writing, but it delivers in the spectacle of what it promises with amazing action set pieces and gorgeous visuals. We need these crazy films in life, so we don’t get bogged down with only serious films. And with that, Pacific Rim brings balance to the world of cinema.