Resident reviewer Gavin Miller runs to the rule over Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim...
It’s all about sequels in Hollywood these days so it’s hard for a brand new studio tent-pole movie to get the recognition it deserves.
And that’s exactly what will be Pacific Rim’s long-term downfall – even though it tries to provide something different.
It may have Oscar-nominated director Guillermo Del Toro at the helm, but he’s still not a big-enough name to the general movie-goer – and when your film hasn’t got a major A-list star, that makes it even harder.
Its plot – however implausible – is at least a fresh take on the sci-fi theme, as giant monsters rise from the oceans.
In retaliation, humanity builds massive weapon-laden robots to fight back. But the monsters send stronger creatures and are winning the war.
Enter the stereotyped unlikely hero, washed-up former pilot Raleigh, who is thrown into one of the last working machines with untested Japanese rookie Mako – recruited by Lt Commander Stacker.
The dialogue (surprisingly for Del Toro) can border a little on the generic side, along with the heroic storyline that has been played out in different formats before – but it does ultimately contain a lot of heart.
With the versatile Idris Elba putting in another stand-out performance – coupled with some great battle scenes and special effects – this really deserves to be a monster hit.