5. Pacific Rim (PG-13) - Runtime: 131 minutes
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro
I probably could not explain the level of excitement that has been building up to this movie. There's a reason it was number 5, but it's probably been climbing higher and higher with each passing week. I just love del Toro - he really needs to stop producing stuff and get back to directing as much as possible. He's such a distinct and creative voice in Hollywood and Pacific Rim is just another example of awesome he is.
Pacific Rim from the very beginning, grabs a hold of you and doesn't stop bringing the badassness. There's a five-minute narration by Raleigh (Hunnam) where he talks about the kaiju (giant monsters) invasion and the resulting response from Earth - Jaegers (giant robots). It seems humanity has successfully kept the creatures at bay the past few years but in reality, it's only the beginning of a much larger-scale invasion. The robots are controlled by two individuals connected mentally via science fiction magic. Raleigh is a superstar - but he's been out of commission for the past few years and it's up to him and a rookie to take care of business. It's a typical by-the-books action plot, but that's what we're not here for.
The robots and monsters are what take center stage and boy, is it awesome! I can't stress enough how cool the action is! The choreography and the editing is superb - there's not one instance where I couldn't tell what was happening on screen. There's also this feeling throughout the movie that these robots and monsters are almost too big to fit on the screen and because of the camera work and the digital effects, you get that sense of epicness and gigantic awe.
The acting is superb as well - Hunnam is good (although sometimes his British accent cannot be quelled) and Rinko Kikuchi is superb as the rookie with a chip on her shoulder. Ron Perlman, del Toro's go-to guy, steals every scene he's in and he's just fun to watch.
So not only do you have some great action, but some great acting and a fairly typical plot that doesn't bore you with too many details. There's enough here for the fanboys and casual audiences alike. This is one you need to check out!
Rating: See It!