Pacific Rim… A Surprise to Be Sure

I was skeptical. While a fan of Guilermo Del Toro and the larger body of his work, I had more than a few doubts about Pacific Rim. Even so, it was late and I was tired so for $2.99 I rented it for a week on Amazon. What I found was more than your average Godzilla flick complete with an anime feel. I grew up watching anime with my friends. My favorites were always the ones with the giant robots: Gundam Wing and The Big O and the likes of that. Well, this was very similar to seeing those choppy plot lined, larger than life, altruistic hero animes brought to life with real actors and special effects that, while not ground breaking or captivating as some that were still realistic enough to be entertaining. Some of the accents are strained and difficult to place and the story gets choppy in parts but all in all it’s pretty fun and definitely entertaining, especially if you’re a fan of anime, giant robots or giant alien monsters. The main character is a quasi-American with an odd accent and a tortured past who is recalled to service for one last mission to save the world. Taking on a petite Japanese copilot/love interest they go to work as a true underdog team in the oldest, most decrepit robot on their final assault of the alien portal that bridges universes and releases the giant monster threat on mankind. Long story short, it’s two hours of science fiction ass-kickery that will remind fans of the genre(s) why they are fans. So, what are you waiting for? Go watch it. I’ll still be here writing when you get back.


About Danno

Dan Lee is a freelance writer, critic, independent author and publisher, as well as a horror culture correspondent. His articles, interviews, editorials, and fictional works continue to run on several sites and publications. He is also one of the resurrectionists behind the return of the Nashville Zombie Walk (2017).
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