Jaegers and Kaiju

Pacific Rim is the cinematic equivalent of smashing two action figures together. From visionary director Guillermo Del Toro, Pacific Rim blends together his love of monsters with a classic Kaiju tale. It’s just a lot more of a blockbuster then he usually does. I’ve always been a big fan of giant monster movies. So when I first saw the trailer for this movie, I knew I wanted to see it. So I saw it in the theaters and I loved it. While the biggest and most memorable part of the movie is the giant monster/robot fighting, there is a story to go along with it. Pacific Rim plays on the idea that extraterrestrials can come from the ocean instead of space. Which is where the Kaiju (Giant Beast) come from. So the only logical thing to do is to build giant robots called Jaegers (hunter) to fight them. The fight scenes are simply awesome. Laser blasting, sword slicing, using a ship as a baseball bat, all awesome. The rest of the story is about something called “drifting.” The process by which they operate their Jaegers. It involves two people linking their minds together so that they can both pilot it. It’s pretty much the only deep thing about the movie. The characters are alright for what they’re supposed to be and it is nice to see Idris Elba using his British accent. Pacific Rim is giant monster movie that’s sure to entertain, as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

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The Jaegers

Followed by: Pacific Rim Uprising

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