“Pacific Rim”

July 13th, 2013 at 11:38 am by under A Look at the Movies


Rated PG-13

2 hours 10 Minutes

Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day

I could tell the audience was enjoying “Pacific Rim”. The theater wasn’t lit up with texting and other smart phone distractions.

Godzilla style sea monsters will destroy the world unless mechanical monsters, suspiciously resembling transformers are better at mixed martial arts fighting.

As silly as it sounds, “Pacific Rim” is quite a surprisingly stylish adventure.

Director Guillermo Del Toro has always been good at mixing make believe with the urgency of reality, along with a dash of satire. Not only are the Kaiju, as they’re called, a threat to humanity in the year 2020, but their body parts are much sought after on the Hong Kong black market.

“Pacific Rim” has enough technical known how for a visually stunning spectacle that even grown ups can enjoy, and the clash of egos isn’t just limited to the action figures.

The sea monsters may look like leftovers from vintage 1950′s Sci-Fi thrillers, but the technology is strictly state of the art. “Pacific Rim” offers hope for mankind with 3 stars.

But I wish the underwater battle sound effects just weren’t so loud.

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