Synopsis: Read on IMDB
Should you watch this movie? Hell yeah! You have to go watch it, it is a ton of fun! Seriously, what are you still doing here? Go, now!
After giant alien creatures (who become known as “kaiju”) emerge from the sea, humanity now faces a very difficult foe to beat. Giant sized robots known as Jaegers are built to fight the monsters. These weapons are controlled by two pilots simultaneously while connected to a neural bridge. For a while this strategy appears to work, but as the kaiju attacks become more frequent and relentless, even the Jaegers seem powerless against the monsters.
The plot could’ve been devised by a group of video game savvy 13 year-olds. Now, you could think that would be a bad thing because, well, what does a 13 year-old know, right? But you’d be wrong. A 13 year-old of today could take your crappy mp3 player, a calculator, 2 desktop monitors, and a box of paper clips and turn that into a weapon of mass destruction. And they’ll do it while simultaneously updating their status on Facebook, instagraming pictures of their progress and texting their buddies some fart jokes. The plot may have a couple of golf ball size gaps, but damn it, it’s crazy entertaining!
The casting was perfect, especially for the men loving crowd. Most of the actors you have seen in other movies or TV series for sure, but probably don’t by name. you will now! There is plenty of eye candy to go around. Charlie Hunnan plays Raleigh and I’m pleased to inform he is shirtless (or nearly shirtless) quite often throughout the movie. For your viewing pleasure ladies and gentlemen! If you are into older, more authoritative dudes, Idris Elba plays Stacker Pentecost and he is just de-lightful! When Guillermo Del Toro, director of this movie though about the casting of Pentecost, he said: “I wanted to have Idris not be the blonde, square-jawed, Anglo, super hip marine that knows [everything]. I wanted somebody that could bring a lot of authority, but that you could feel the weight of the world on his shoulders.” He even compares Elba to Rodin’s The Thinker. Couldn’t agree more!
Rinko Kikuchi plays Mako Mori, but she wasn’t you average female lead all sexy, catching the eye of the male lead in her tight clothes and sultry smile. Her character was a strong lady, but hunted by her past which gave her a certain vulnerability and “edge” at the same time. Regardless of cast performance, the visuals take the cake on this one. The special effects were top notch and the action scenes perfectly executed. They all feel necessary and appropriate to the storyline, unlike other movies where it’s more for show. The movie is successful in paying homage to the mecha and kaiju movie genres of Japanese cinema!
In the end, the movie is possibly more style than substance, but it is definitely worth your time!
Paola’s mood after watching this movie: