Pacific Rim

 

Warner Bros

 

Rating: PG-13

 

Reason for the Rating: Sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language

 

Plot Summary: Mankind must come together to fight aliens who attack earth from the sea.

 

PopFam Recommends: A fun action flick for tweens and above (especially boys).

 

Monstrous robots battling alien dinosaurs. Transformers meets Godzilla. This is what our movie going experience has come to. Pacific Rim is a fascinating movie. Not because the story is gripping, or because the acting is phenomenal, but because the special effects truly make the movie.

 

In 2017, the very near future, large creatures called Kaiju begin coming out of the sea, attacking humankind. In response, the world comes together and creates humongous robots called Jaegers, which are manned by a team of pilots whose minds are linked in a kind of mind-meld called a "drift." Using these robots, humans battle for earth, attempting to overcome the Kaiju before they overtake the world. One pair of pilots are the Becket brothers, Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) and Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff). When Yancy is killed by a Kaiju, Raleigh leaves the Jaeger program, until Marshall Pentecost (Idris Elba), the director of the Jaeger program, asks him to return for a special assignment. There are only four Jaegers remaining, and Marshall wants Raleigh to pilot one with a new partner.

 

The best new pilot is a young woman, Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) who is inexperienced but passionate about killing the Kaiju. The connection between Raleigh and Mako make them a perfect pair of pilots, but their past experiences cause everyone to question how effective they will be together.

 

Connection and the need for another person is a reoccurring theme in Pacific Rim. The world is finally united in it's attempt to overcome the Kaiju, pilots are connected in the drift, Raleigh and Mako are connected by their hearts, even the two quirky scientists are connected in their loathing for/competition with each other. We need each other to love, motivate, and compel us on to pursue things we otherwise wouldn't. We need each other to survive. While the greatest focus was the connection between Raleigh and Mako, the most touching was that between a father and son who battle against each other while working together to fight against the Kaiju, emphasizing the truth, that sometimes history makes communication and understanding in families difficult.

 

Unfortunately for Pacific Rim, the story and the acting were just okay. If it wasn't for the special effects, this would just be a movie to rent on a slow day. But due to the size of the robots, the alien creatures, and the sound, this movie needs to be seen on the big screen. The special effects are the most important "actor" in the movie, making it something special and interesting to watch.

 

While Pacific Rim is a sight to see, this might not be a movie for younger children as there is some cursing as well as some intense fight scenes which young kids might find scary. Older kids though would find this movie entertaining, which is really what movies are all about.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Tell about someone who has motivated you to do something you wouldn't have on your own.

 

• Raleigh talks about seeing "the handiwork of God." What is something that makes you stand in awe of God and his creation?

 

• Fighting the Kaiju causes nations around the world to set aside their differences and work together in order to win the war. Why does it take war to find peace?

 

--JW

 

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