Not as bad as the Transformers sequels or Battleship, but seriously overratedI've been just told this movie had a plot and characters. Well, yes. A plot making no sense on any level, including giant monsters which are nearly invulnerable to projectiles and rockets but vulnerable to giant robots, which come in increasingly stronger versions instead of coming in the strongest version right away, and which are pregnant despite of being reproduced by cloning. And cliché characters including dyed blonde hair Russians like Ivan Drago from Rocky III and a Marshal reproducing the motivational speech from Independence Day. As for the main characters, each of them was suffering from some trauma, so I guess I was supposed to care for them. But melodramatic background stories don't make up for actors who often seem unsure which emotions they are supposed to be expressing.
I've also been told that Pacific Rim was "exactly the movie it was supposed to be" - you know, a popcorn movie, nudge nudge, wink wink. But director Guillermo del Toro made much better and more fun movies before. Hellboy, for example, which is superior to Pacific Rim in every respect except special effects. After Hellboy he made Pans Labyrinth, a movie which won three Oscars and had been nominated for another three. So, no, Pacific Rim isn't exactly what it was supposed to be. In comparison to the director's previous work it is a major letdown.
Pacific Rim is nice to look at, I give it that. And it is not as annoying as the Transfomers sequels or Battleship. But the difference isn't too big. It is seriously overrated.
Rating: 4 out of 10 random facial expressions.