- Origin: 19/25
- Story: 11/25
- Camera/SFX: 25/25
- Performance: 21/25
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. (c) Warner Broshe
- Rated: PG-13 (Intense action and violence throughout)
- Genre: Action and Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
- Written by: Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro
- Release date: 12th July, 2013 (Wide)
- Length: 132 minutes
- Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
|Charlie Hunnam||Raleigh Becket|
|Idris Elba||Stacker Pentecost|
|Rinko Kikuchi||Mako Mori|
|Charlie Day||Dr. Newton Geiszler|
|Burn Gorman||Herman Gottlieb|
|Max Martini||Herc Hansen|
|Robert Kazinsky||Chuck Hansen|
|Clifton Collins Jr.||Ops Tendo Choi|
|Ron Perlman||Hannibal Chau|
This was a film that had lots of potential for world building, however it loses valuable time with pointless relationship bonding rather than showing us the Kaiju world. I loved the different names for the Jaegers and Kaiju, like Leatherback and Otachi, it was like a childhood dream. Raleigh’s backstory was good, it gave him purpose and showed to the audience why you never pilot a Jaeger alone.
Including the different countries in the film was great move, you felt an actual risk and you felt included, rather than it being just in America. It was like the Power Rangers started fighting Godzilla. Beacham’s creation did come to life on the screen, it missed some of the core aspects of it, but was definitely a greta film to start a franchise.
An interesting narrative that had some good moments. Most of the story was not given as much attention as the CGI and action was given. Stacker Pentecost had a good backstory like Raleigh did, you felt they had purpose. Charlie Day’s character had a strong arc, he travel to places o discover the secrets and as an audience you enjoyed his presence. With Burn Gorman and Charlie Day as a double act, it made their scenes quite comical. Take away the big robot battles and there is nothing much left, the only other scenes that are good are the ones with Idris Elba, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman in them.
The camera shots in the Kaiju battles kept up the suspense, the Leatherback and Otachi was the best one. The scene had intense action and a shocking twist. The CGI was awesome, the Jaegers were detailed and each one was unique. The same goes for the Kaiju, fierce creatures that all had different ways of attacking. Every punch looked epic, the blows felt like they did damage. The Hong Kong battle scene had great lighting, especially with all the city lights int he background, they were rich and vibrant and made the fight look even better. I enjoyed this film a lot because of the effects, this is one of those films that I would want a sequel to be made.
Let me start by saying that Idris Elba played his role so well, that killing him off probably gave any sequel a disadvantage. But his death was sad, and gave the story more heart. The dynamic duo Charlie Day and Burn Gorman were entertaining and had an impact to the story. Both were polar opposites and this let them play off of each other. Charlie Hunnam was good, but I felt sometimes he lacked chemistry; his action was good, but connection with other characters was a bit off. Rinko Kikuchi played her role well also, she had some great chemistry between Idris and Raleigh. However, she didn’t stand out to me, she was a strong character, that needed more time to grow. Overall, a good cast that just needed more time to build characters.