By Rebecca McRitchie
Directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro (the genius behind 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth), Pacific Rim is absolutely action packed. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman and Charlie Day, Pacific Rim details a war between mankind and monstrous, dinosaur-like creatures that rise relentlessly from beneath the sea.
So much happens in the two hour and eleven minute movie that there is barely a moment’s rest from the constant onslaught of amazing digital visuals. Del Toro takes robots, monsters and action and multiplies it by a thousand.
Unfortunately, all of this comes at a cost.
There is little in the way of effective narrative, the characters are shallow and stereotypical, the dialogue is incredibly cliche and some of the acting is awkward - not to mention the woeful Australian accents. The brief appearance of Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau is, however, one of the highlights.
Overall, I give Pacific Rim 2.5 out of 5. The basics of effective cinema are unfortunately forgotten in favour of extreme action. The result leaves the viewer with the ability to tune out, walk out or even play the movie on mute and still fulfil their inner teenage need for the epic visual onslaught of a robot vs monster battle.
Pacific Rim is out now in cinemas across Australia.
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