Pacific Rim

Mexican cineaste Guillermo del Toro is a well-known proponent of the horror and supernatural genre. He is an amazing writer and director of many notable movies which have gone on to become commercially as well as critically acclaimed hits. Most known of his offerings are The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, the latter of which won him a nomination for screenplay. Other more commercial hits were the horror flicks HellBoy and HellBoy II which were primarily aimed at the American audiences. In Pacific Rim, he has returned with a modern take on monsters invading planet Earth albeit with a twist, they come from underneath the seas.

Pacific Rim is a big brash version of the Transformers series which grips you by the nails from scene 1 and refuses to let go. The story primarily revolves around the giant monsters Kaijus who enter the realm of earth from underneath the Pacific Rim. The narration begins by telling us that for too long we have been looking at the heavens in awed anticipation of any contact when in fact we should have been keeping a watchful eye on what goes beneath us. It further explains the emergence of these giant monsters from the Pacific Rim due to the shifting of tectonic plates. The monsters want a new place to set up state and apparently, the polluted atmosphere of Earth is utopia. Well, atleast, the pollution worked for someone! Now if we were to take this into consideration, there is nothing new in the concept. To be fair, there is not much that can be done with the introduction of monsters since Hollywood has wrung the concept dry. But what helps the movie in moving forward is our response to these monsters. We create our own. Robots that have to be manned by humans, two of us for each, that would fight back, and are called Jaegers. But the Kaijus are getting smarter and defeating the Jaegers, and the plan is dropped. But Plan B does not go as well as thought and Idris Elba, playing the Marshall calling the shots in the Jaeger Vs Kaiju fights, is given a last chance. He assembles a top-notch team of experienced Jaeger pilots and goes to war. That’s when the oft movie-goer experiences a moment of deja-vu, that feeling so strange and familiar, that you can only say it in French. Cometh the apocalypse, cometh a familiar dialogue from the great leader and Idris does not disappoint. He makes a short, although encouraging speech and the last couple of Jaegers go for the final showdown with the Kaijus.

An immense and enchanting fight ensues in which everything seems to be lost before the Jaegers win and thus humanity. The Apocalypse has been cancelled! And thus ends the movie. Yes, I know what you are thinking. But hey, make no bones about it. I loved the movie, it was a couple of hours of my life pretty well spent but I think it’s high time, we took the mantle and placed it on someone who can infuse a new sense into monster movies. The lines are the same, the effects a bit better than the last one and the monsters a whole lot bigger. But that’s where it ends, the movie seems to be a smorgasbord of previous Doomsday movies and del Toro opts for the safe way out. He is adept in directing this movie and his talent in not making the audience cringe is what makes me want to watch it again. All in all, Pacific Rim is a good summer treat and gives us something different since it is not a sequel.

A word for the wise, do not push the 3D glasses off and rush towards the exit before the end credits get over, and you will be rewarded, for Guillermo del Toro makes a snide attempt to hint at the possibility of a sequel in between. Rejoice for we might get to see even bigger monsters!