I’ll be honest. I’ve never heard of this movie ever, until the day Chiet asked if the group wanted to go and catch the movie. I remember asking what is the movie about. The explanation I got is that it’s a combination of Ultraman and Transformers. Now, I have nothing against Transformers, but Ultraman? I was very skeptical when the word Ultraman left his lips, but hey, hanging out with friends in a cinema for an action movie? Sure. Thank God I watched it cause it’s the a pretty great show. Way way way better than I expected. Action-packed from the beginning till the end. I think I enjoyed it even more than shows like ‘Man Of Steel‘ and ‘Iron Man 3‘. In comparison to the last few action movies I’ve watched, I think only ‘World War Z‘ surpasses this. Even ‘Star Trek Into Darkness‘ is probably only a tad bit nicer than this, in my opinion.
So, I’m not really good with Hollywood celebs. I usually only know the really famous ones or those whom I see often but yet not know their names. Hence, it’s not a surprise when I say that I’ve never heard of this lead actor’s name, like ever. But he’s quite good looking in this movie. Attractive somewhat. So that’s always a plus point. 😉 British actor Charlie Hunnam played the lead, Raleigh Becket, a former pilot who was called out of retirement.First time seeing Hunnam onscreen. He did a pretty good job, I suppose. I always feel that if a person can exhibit two totally different sides to a character somewhat convincingly, his acting skills would be at the very least above average, and Charlie Hunnam managed to do just that. Another thing is, Hunnam has got one hell of a body. Seriously, a little eye candy on screen never hurt. 😉 Would be even better if his shoulder and arms a just a tad bit buffer, but really, I’m not complaining. Haha!
One thing I don’t understand when I googled Charlie Hunnam is, why does he go around with long hair and heavy stubble in real life when clearly being clean shaven suits him better? So much better. I totally couldn’t recognize him! Should stick to being clean shaven. There are people who could carry of the long hair/stubble look, and clearly Charlie Hunnam ain’t one of them. Or maybe his stylist just doesn’t know how to trim and style it. So, really? Meh.
Rinkiko Kikuchi was practically the only female cast on this show, aside for one of the really minor roles or one of the pilots (who died pretty quickly.. haha). This Japanese actress portrayed the character Mako Mori, Raleigh Becket’s new co-pilot after he came out of retirement. At the beginning, I find her really annoying. Not sure if that’s the way her character is, or its just the way she portrays Mako Mori. Anyhow, she became more likable as the story unfolds. Towards the end of the show, I actually thought she’s pretty cool. Haha. And she looks really good during the combat scene.Pretty impressive, if I may say so. I’ve always thought girls who can kick asses are really cool, so kudos to Kikuchi. However, I wouldn’t say the same thing about her chemistry with Hunnam. They don’t really have that spark between them. And I feel that spark is essential especially in the context of this movie where the basis of the pilots and co-pilots is their compatibility, physically, mentally and emotionally. They are however a better match than the Lois and Clark in Man of Steel. Haha. 😉
They both play scientist in this movie. One a biologist (or something like that) and the other a physicist (or something like that). Haha. And surprisingly, I actually find that this duo have better onscreen chemistry than the two lead casts. 😉 As unimportant as it is, I think everyone who watched this movie unconsciously enjoyed the squabble between these two men. They actually squabble like an old married couple, if I may say so. Entertaining. Haha! 🙂
Now, I’ve mentioned pilot a couple times in the paragraphs above, and I certainly don’t mean plane pilots. I meant pilots of the robots, or rather Jaegers, as they’re called in the movie. Great job to the FX team for making the Jaegers look magnificent.
I really loved how the creator of Pacific Rim made it so that the Jaeger would imitate the moves of the pilots controlling it, instead of using joysticks, buttons, etc etc. Watching these scenes really can really make you wish that you have your own Jaeger to control. Kinda brings out the kid in me again. Time and again, I was going, “Wow, so cool!” Haha! 🙂
I wish I could say the same about the monsters they created. This movie, like I mentioned earlier, is kinda like a crossover of Transformers and Ultraman. What makes it even more like Ultraman is the extremely fake looking monsters. See what I mean? It’s almost like the typical Ultraman monsters. I literally rolled my eyes when the first Kaiju (that’s what they call the monsters) is sighted onscreen. 😉 Would have been nice if they had made the Kaijus look a little more real cause seriously, they just look like blown up toys.
Nontheless, Pacific Rim is still a highly entertaining action movie. I enjoyed it tremendously and definitely won’t mind watching it every now and then. 😉