When aliens invade it’s not from space but from a trans-dimensional rift in the Pacific Ocean. Creatures the size of Godzilla appear out of the rift and attack cities. In an effort to stop the creatures the Jaeger war machine program (giant robots) is created.
This is the opening premise of Pacific Rim, an action movie directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Pacific Rim is an amusing romp with a story very strongly inspired by Japanese anime (animated tv shows) especially Neon Evangelion, Robotech, and Full Metal Panic. The story follows the fortunes and battles of the Jaeger war machines and one pilot in particular.
Pacific Rim is not deep and meaningful drama. But if you enjoy anime, Transformers, slightly camp science fiction action, or del Toro’s movie Hellboy then this is a Saturday matinee movie for you.
For Australian fans, there are even a couple of ocker Jaeger pilots who would be at home in the rougher parts of the crowd at a V8 Supercars race or Summernats; I was disappointed that they didn’t have fluffy dice and Holden or Ford stickers in their giant robot.
Recommended for anyone who enjoys giant robots fighting or wants to watch some slightly silly SF action.
Reviewed by Katrina