The Jaegers and Kaiju are quite a spectacle. Never did I doubt for a moment that there were giant robots battling monstrous, otherworldly creatures; however, the characters are paper-thin and there is little to no story. The concept is too cerebral to appeal to younger audiences, and the narrative is too simplistic to interest more mature audiences. All of planet Earth hangs in the balance and the brave Jaeger pilots sacrifice their lives to battle the Kaiju, but to what end. I just did not care about any of these people. There are plenty of "oohs and ahhs", but not nearly enough to fill the painfully uneven 2.5 hours. The humor is out of place, the action is lacking, the drama is clichéd, the characters are stereotypical, and the plot discrepancies are unapologetic. Ultimately, Pacific Rim is a robotic and monstrous disappointment.
This is NOT the story of Clark Kent, nor is it the story of Superman. It is the story Kal El and how he becomes Clark Kent--and it is SUPER!!! Some may not appreciate the Sci-fi lens through which Superman is viewed, but Superman a.k.a. Kal El is an alien from another planet! Snyder does a wonderful job of juxtaposing the other-worldly planet Krypton with the grounded-commonplace planet Earth and when the two worlds collide, they collide hard! Granted, the movie is a bit long, but there is enough "holy cow" moments to keep you engaged throughout. Henry Cavill is perfectly cast and the supporting players are amazing, especially Michael Shannon as General Zod and Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent. Superman's powers are throughly explored and the action sequences are simply jaw-dropping. Man of Steel may lack the wholsomeness of Superman: The Movie, but in the midst of all the overwhelming action, it manages to preserve the essence of Superman: truth, justice, and the American way. Man of Steel courageously brings Superman back to the big screen in a big way.
It was an entertaining movie. However, there were few suprises as this experience seemed a little too familiar. Also, I never got the sense that the handpicked mercenaries were ever in over their heads. Predator was sort of a murder mystery, monster movie, and war movie all rolled into one. It created spine tingling suspense and even the larger than life Ahnold seemed completely outmatched and unsure as to what the Hell he was going to do. Finally, I wasn't crazy about half the mercenaries. (Who cares about a serial killer with a homeknife, c'mon, really)? There didn't seem to be any strategy on the part of the Predators. They just seemed like opportunists killing the mercenary that happened to be the closest. Decent action movie that remained true to the original. That's all.
This is one of those movies that is so bad you have to watch it again. It is really, simply a Godzilla movie without Godzilla. According to the formula, a Godzilla movie without Godzilla doesn't work. Some may even argue that Godzilla movies not work. How dare you you!!! However, this movie has all the elements: a confusing story line, inexplicable characters, over the top acting, hokey dialogue, more last second saves than an NHL playoff goalie, crazy, mystical gibberish, chaotic battle scenes that erupt without warning or reason, not so special effects, etc. I could go on and on. Make sure you have lots a crackers to go with all of the cheese in this movie. Wow!