Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi
I did not want to see this movie, but my two lovely children really wanted to watch it. There must be something about giant mechanical fighting robots that appeals to kids. I remember when Real Steel came out, and I did not want to see that either but again the kids really wanted to. Turns out that I really enjoyed Real Steel (there's talks about a Real Steel 2, yay) and I really enjoyed Pacific Rim as well.
Okay, for the record, I will never get tired of a good alien invasion story. With that said, aliens are invading Earth yet again. This time they come from the sea and are bad ass giant creatures that are relentless and have a plan of total annihilation. That's what I'm talking about! Of course, the ingenius Earthlings that we are, we find a way to fight them by building huge fighting machines powered by human pilots.
The action sequences in this movie was interesting considering the computer graphics required to make the fighting scenes believable. The mayhem and destruction was appreciated as well. The plot was predictable but who cares, they were fighting huge Godzilla like creatures. The efforts at comic relief were subtle and sometimes missed the mark, but there were a few gems like the mere presence of Ron Perlman as a black market dealer of alien body parts.
Now there was one character, actually an adorable little actress that stole the show (theater talk but just go with me). Mana Ashida, a 9 year old fire cracker, acted her little butt off. She played a younger version of Maki Mori and was absolutely fabulous. I just loved her. She added some realism and palpable fear to one of the subplots. Lastly, it is always nice to watch Idris Elba do his thing.