In the near future, mankind will be invaded by way of a rift between worlds in the middle of the ocean. And so the war for the survival of mankind begins in “Pacific Rim”, a movie that I believe could easily be one of the best movies that no one went to see.

The Earth is under siege by humongous beasts dubbed “Kaiju”, which is translated from Japanese to English as “giant monster”. Finding themselves under prepared and outgunned, the nations unite and start the Jaeger (German for “hunter”) Program. Jaegers are giant, man made robots, piloted by two humans to do battle with Kaijus. But, as the Human-Kaiju War takes it’s toll on Earth, a major turning point approaches that will change everything

Guillermo del Torro and Travis Beacham have crafted a fantastic tale that never feels cheesy, which could have been an easy trap for a movie like this. The pacing is great, it moves at breakneck speeds towards a climax that does not disappoint. Visually, “Pacific Rim” is a feast for the eyes. The beasts, both man made and bioorganic, are quite breathtaking in scale and scope. When Jaeger and Kaiju clash, it’s a thing to behold. I found my self staring at the screen with a giant, shit eating grin as I was filled an almost childlike wonder. While there is a lot of fallout to this war, it never feels like destruction porn, and I especially liked that we get an idea of what the general population goes through when these battles occur.

The cast is great, as well. Charlie Hunnam (Sons Of Anarchy) is excellent Raleigh Becket, a Jaeger pilot struggling with loss while trying to redeem himself from tragedy. Idris Elba (The Wire) leads the charge as the marshal of the Jaeger Program. Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) bring great comic relief as a Kaiju expert and a Kaiju black market dealer, respectively, but are not throw away characters as they are highly crucial to the plot.

Ultimately, I’d like to be able to make sweet, sweet love to this movie, which I have tried to do with my words about it. It’s an exhilarating roller coaster ride from start to finish, that I highly recommend for people to see.

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