MTV Review: Pacific Rim
Giant robots and alien monsters stomp all over a slightly ropey script...
UK Release Date: July 12 2013
Running Time: 131 mins
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Robert Kazinsky, Ron Perlman
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Plot: When Earth comes under attack from the Kaiju, giant alien monsters who appear via a portal deep below the Pacific Ocean, the planet's only defence are the Jaegers, huge robots piloted by the military's finest.
While the Jaegers are initially successful, the Kaiju attacks become increasingly powerful and frequent, and it is left to a raggle-taggle team - including a washed up former pilot, an untested trainee and a pair of science nerds - to lead the resistance.
MTV Rating: Taken as an unashamed summer blockbuster Pacific Rim is a thoroughly enjoyable romp.
Director and co-writer Guillermo del Toro's obvious love for the Japanese monster (Kaiju) and giant robot (Mecha) genres shines through - think Godzilla battling Ultraman - and the film goes to great lengths to portray the battling behemoths as characters in their own right.
The CGI and 3D effects are dazzling and are cleverly used to create a believable world rather than just a series of glossy set-pieces, and effectively convey the physical scale of the brawling giants.
At a human-sized level the film unfortunately flails around however. Even allowing for its deliberate 'genre' feel much of the dialogue is cliched and banal.
Leading man Charlie Hunnam is reduced to playing a walking advert for stomach crunches, while the talented Charlie Day and Burn Gorman do their best as the pair of squabbling scientists despite the script.
Idris Elba, playing the resistance leader Stacker Pentecost, fares much better and easily has enough charisma to overcome the odd dodgy line, while Ron Perlman's all-too-brief cameo as black-marketeer Hannibal Chow is pretty-much perfect.
Script quibbles aside Pacific Rim is still a highly enjoyable monster romp however, so just leave your brain at home and enjoy the spectacle.
Gavin Cullen @mtvuknews