Pacific Rim

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It may sport more style than substance, but Pacific Rim is a solid modern creature feature bolstered by fantastical imagery and an irresistible sense of fun.

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Long ago, legions of monstrous creatures called Kaiju arose from the sea, bringing with them all-consuming war. To fight the Kaiju, mankind developed giant robots called Jaegers, designed to be piloted by two humans locked together in a neural bridge. However, even the Jaegers are not enough to defeat the Kaiju, and humanity is on the verge of defeat. Mankind's last hope now lies with a washed-up ex-pilot (Charlie Hunnam), an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) and an old, obsolete Jaeger.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Hunnam
Raleigh Becket
Idris Elba
Stacker Pentecost
Charlie Day
Dr. Newton Geiszler
Max Martini
Herc Hansen
Robert Kazinsky
Chuck Hansen
Ron Perlman
Hannibal Chau
Travis Beacham
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Callum Greene
Executive Producer
Guillermo Navarro
Cinematographer
Peter Amundson
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Critic Reviews for Pacific Rim

All Critics (293) | Top Critics (56) | Fresh (211) | Rotten (82)

  • Del Toro is a dreamer. He's a visionary. If you give him a pile of money to make enormous robots fight enormous monsters at the end of civilization, he will work to make Pacific Rim a movie that makes you feel all the enormousness.

    January 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Pacific Rim is a special-effects behemoth, a toy franchise with a deafeningly loud movie attached -- Transformers with an A-level.

    December 30, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • In essence, Pacific Rim features a series of Godzilla monsters battle an ever dwindling number of Transformers, layered over the plot from Independence Day, only dumber.

    December 30, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is possible to applaud Pacific Rim for the efficacy of its business model while deploring the tale that has been engendered -- long, loud, dark, and very wet. You might as well watch the birth of an elephant.

    July 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A ridiculously entertaining (and often just plain ridiculous) monster-robot movie that plays like that "Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots" game from the 1960s.

    July 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Its visual achievements notwithstanding, Pacific Rim's greatest breakthrough may be that it's the first Hollywood blockbuster to sport a title less descriptive of its plot than of its intended market.

    July 12, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pacific Rim

  • Mar 28, 2016
    Wonderfully stupid and unabashedly entertaining, Pacific Rim should be recognized as a standard for blockbuster filmmaking at it's finest thanks to likable characters, a focused script, stunning visual effects, and world building that stands high with some of the best science fiction films ever.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Godzilla meets Transformers in this robots-hitting-monsters actioner. The set pieces are often exciting and some of the "tech" in this world is interesting, but Charlie Hunnam is woefully miscast as the lead (and he has a terrible wandering accent) and the personal dramas are badly written. It's about half successful overall.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2014
    Don't know why, but neither the story nor the execution appealed to me. Maybe because I'd formed an opinion about it before going for it. Hardly worked as a time-pass. To be fair enough, 1/5.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2014
    I thought this was going to be the dumbest movie ever, or at least a really bad Transformers ripoff, but this was surprisingly good. What's really funny is that this film's cast is composed almost entirely of TV show actors. We're talking people from Sons of Anarchy, Homeland, Always Sunny, Torchwood, and the Unit. But it all works out surprisingly well. Charlie Hunnam is a fantastic choice for the protagonist. Anyway, the action is phenomenal, and the storytelling is pretty solid. I wouldn't mind seeing another one of these in the future.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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