Guillermo del Toro returns to the director’s chair for the first time in five years with this summer’s action blockbuster Pacific Rim. Filled with action and adventure, Pacific Rim packs a wallop and delivers a good time for anyone.
As a long-time fan of Guillermo del Toro, I had high hopes for this summer blockbuster and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Hailed by critics as a visual treat, Pacific Rim wows with spectacular visual effects and a story with the heart and depth that has become characteristic of del Toro’s work.
The story is set in a not too distant future where the governments of the world have banned together in the hopes of combating and destroying monstrous Kaiju that have risen from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. As the tide of war turns in favour of the Kaiju and apocalypse seems imminent a former Jaeger pilot and rookie are paired together to mount a final offence against the Kaiju. Along with a team of scientists and other Jaeger pilots, they band together to stand against the invaders and to save humanity from total annihilation.
Del Toro, the director of the Oscar-nominated Pan’s Labyrinth and Hell Boy films, set out to create a film that pays homage to the classic Japanese monster movie upon which he was raised. The result is Pacific Rim, which goes so far as to use the technical term, Kaiju, as the moniker of the film’s otherworldly antagonists.
The overall theme of the film is unity, with the implication that to survive we have to trust and work with one another regardless of our differences. The film also touches upon the themes of loss, survivor’s guilt, love, and self-sacrifice, and how each individual character experiences and handles these emotions differently.
It’s just the kind of summer flick you’d want: fun, exciting, larger than life, and pure escapism, but it’s unlike others in that it has heart and is far more than simply robots battling it out. Del Toro said he would love if children left the cinema saying they wanted to be Jaeger pilots, but I can promise that it’s not just the kids who are left with big dreams, and that’s exactly how a film should leave you.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Rob Perlman
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