Release year: 2013
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriter: Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Diego Klattenhoff, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Max Martini
Monstrous creatures have started emerging from the sea starting a war with great loss to humanity both in lives and resources. The only functioning weapon against the creatures is so-called Jaegers, giant robots which are controlled by two pilots. But as the creatures starts coming, the survival of humanity is in the hands of a small group of people and it keeps getting smaller.
Come for the giant robots, stay for the story. More than just giant robots fighting monsters, Pacific Rim is an engaging story with character development and fine performances from the likes of Hunnam (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, 2017), Kikuchi (Babel, 2006) and Elba (The Dark Tower, 2017). The visual effects are top notch bringing a genuine sense of awe to the battles, enhanced by the team-work concept from the Jaegers needing two pilots. The pilots come of as superheroes with an edge and the towering robots will bring light in the eyes on every sci-fi fan. Highly entertaining, Pacific Rim is a movie that will have you cheer and good enough to invite to several re-watches.
The computer is voiced by Ellen McLain, who also voiced GLaDOS, the A.I. from Portal(2007) and Portal 2 (2011). This is in fact a cameo by GLaDOS, as Guillermo del Toro was such a fan of the games that he approached the game’s developers, Valve, who approved.
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video