Guillermo del Toro is undeniably one of the most successful directors and producers working today. From his early low budget gore fest horror films to his wildly imaginative Hellboy films and Pan’s Labyrinth, del Toro has proven time and again that he is one of the leading visionaries in the film world. His latest film, Pacific Rim, is on shelves now.
When an interdimensional rift in the floor of the Pacific Ocean causes gigantic monsters known as Kaiju to invade our world, mankind pools their resources and creates giants robots called Jaegers, controlled by two operators whose minds are synced, to combat the relentless threat. When the war starts to seem unwinnable a former Jaeger pilot named Becket (Charlie Hunnam) is called back into action in one last desperate attempt to stop the Kaiju once and for all.
While Pacific Rim lacks the wide imaginative scope of most of del Toro’s films, it is still a hell of a fun movie that is every 8 year olds dream movie. Giant robots versus giant monsters is something geek everywhere have wanted to see pretty much forever. We got our desires satiated on the robot front thanks to Michael Bay’s Transformers films and got some great monster material in films like Cloverfield and Super 8 but it took del Toro to mash it all together for Pacific Rim. Del Toro keeps the pace fast and the story minimal, keeping the action flowing and the visuals rich and realistic. I was a little dismayed that so much of the action took place in the ocean and at night, but watching it over again on Blu-ray actually ended up being a better experience than seeing it in 3D in the movie theatre. I could make out more detail and enjoy the action more in the comfort of my home and could appreciate the visuals more on my home theatre system. Pacific Rim is a giant cotton candy movie that is just meant to be viewed if you are looking for a bunch of crazy fighting. That’s what it was made for and that is where it succeeds most.
The Blu-ray from Warner Home Video is nothing short of spectacular. Bold colors, great detail and an all encompassing sound field make Pacific Rim one of the best reference discs of the year.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.