When it comes to movies like Pacific Rim, what you see is what you get. I can gladly say this one turned out exactly how I imagined it would: poor pacing, lazy dialogue, cheesy one-liners, and eye-rolling plot points. It’s hard to even count the number of times I scoffed at the silver screen.
I could write word upon word of what went wrong in this film. But, lucky for you, I’ll save you the misery. The movie starts out alright, but ends up going downhill pretty quickly. I couldn’t help but having this overwhelming feeling that the characters were trying really hard to take it seriously, but about 1/4 of the way through, something changes. I can’t remember a specific moment, but everything just goes down the drain. From this point on, it’s too few robot-alien fights and too many one-liners.
With the exception of one character (I’m looking at you Idris Elba) everyone flat out sucks. In fact, Elba’s Marshall Pentecost is really the only trying to salvage this mess. Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) are boring and distracting as the two leads. Chuck Hansen (Robert Kazinsky) is the stereotypical rival to the protagonist. The list goes on and on.
The one (and only) thing that impressed me about Pacific Rim was the CGI. In general, I think that films today have been doing an amazing job hitting this aspect on the head. Even crappy movies, like Pacific Rim, can be somewhat salvaged by their use of CGI. If you can somehow tune out of the rest of the film, these sequences almost make it worth wasting your time. Almost.