PACIFIC RIM is to Guillermo del Toro what KILL BILL is to Quentin Tarantino – a really kickass cover version of some of the director’s favorite movie tropes. The film, a movie filled with awe-inspiring scope and vision, is a love letter to everything from mech-filled anime sugar rushes to giant monster movies from Japan to European comic books. Del Toro has, with his latest movie, created a film that is a headbutt of entertainment. This is the type of summer blockbuster filmmaking that causes seemingly ordinary children to become lifelong movie maniacs.
Screenings for PACIFIC RIM begin Thursday at or around 7 PM and the film will play at both theaters in 2D and 3D. The movie stars Charlie Hunnam, an actor who has come a long way since getting his start in the Judd Apatow-produced television show UNDECLARED alongside future comedy stars Seth Rogen and and Jay Baruchel. Audiences might best recognize Hunnam from the television show SONS OF ANARCHY. In PACIFIC RIM, the actor plays Raleigh Becket, one of the few humans who can pilot giant mech-warrior suits designed to protect humanity against a neverending onslaught of gargantuan monsters that emerge from an inter-dimensional rift under the Pacific Ocean.
Raleigh represents humanity’s last stand against the monsters – a final ditch attempt to put a stop to their invasion and save the world from death by stomping. The film’s plot cleverly mixes in many of the last decades’ most entertaining science-fiction and fantasy concepts. Del Toro, who has shown time and time again he loves monsters with films such as HELLBOY and PAN’S LABYRINTH, has taken films as far ranging as GODZILLA, ROBOT JOX and EVANGELION and created something fresh and uniquely forged in his directorial style. Much like Tarantino has an almost superhuman ability to introduces his film fetishes into mainstream pop-culture, del Toro takes ideas and concepts from the periphery of fandom and creates an action-adventure film that the family can enjoy. This is the same “gee whiz” style of filmmaking that made massive hits out of STAR WARS and JURASSIC PARK – it’s the mixture of spectacle and reverence, human struggle and larger-than-life cataclysm.
Whether you are already a fan of monster movies or have been searching for that sense of wonder and excitement you used to experience on Saturday mornings while hunched over a bowl of cereal, PACIFIC RIM is the perfect way to spend your weekend!