Pacific Rim (2013) – 6/10 mecha vs monsters action movie review

Pacific Rim (2013)

When giant monsters erupt through a dimensional rift in the ocean, mankind builds giant mechanical suits, Jaegers, to combat them. However, after initially stemming the tide, the Jaegers are beginning to suffer losses as the monsters adapt their tactics and abilities. The Jaeger programme is wound down in favour of building a massive Pacific Rim wall but the Jaeger’s don’t want to be decommissioned without making sure they’ve given everything they have.


Pacific Rim must be the noisiest film ever made; it is a spectacular wall of crashing masonry and thudding wallops which looks and sounds amazing (Ramin Djawadi contributes a great score and the sound mix is pure clarity). If your neighbours and close relatives didn’t have a headache before you watch this movie, they will after. The opening Arctic battle and the central Hong Kong monster mash are good action sequences with clear protagonists deploying a clear set of weapons and tactics against each other and spectacularly so. Unfortunately, the acting and script is terrible, the final battle is devoid of imagination and, because the film does not connect emotionally (my test: after the movie I couldn’t tell you the name of any character), Pacific Rim lacks the audience investment needed to make it interesting or impactful. Ultimately, we were promised a great-looking robot versus dinosaur action movie and that’s exactly what we got. But absolutely nothing more.

Content Summary

This movie contains bad language, fantasy violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cast / crew

Screenplay Writer, Producer and Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Screenplay and Story Writer: Travis Beacham
Producer: Thomas Tull
Producer: Jon Jashni
Producer: Mary Parent
Charlie Hunnam: Raleigh Becket
Idris Elba: Stacker Pentecost
Rinko Kikuchi: Mako Mori
Charlie Day: Dr. Newton Geiszler
Ron Perlman: Hannibal Chau


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