This is one of those movies that I saw the trailer and made squeaky noises normally reserved for stuff involving hobbits. For someone who was never a huge Godzilla fan, I still have a soft spot in my heart for giant monster movies, as well as giant mecha anime. (That may be a holdover from loving Power Rangers as a kid.)
Pacific Rim is a movie that’s like a love letter to both of those genres. In fact, the dedication at the end is to Ishiro Honda, the original director of the Godzilla films, and Ray Harryhausen, stop-motion animation monster master. I walked in not expecting anything more than giant mechas fighting giant aliens from under the sea, and this movie ended up hitting so many happy nerd buttons for me I don’t even know where to start.
In Pacific Rim aliens called “Kaiju” have started emerging from an interdimensional rift deep within the Pacific Ocean. The Kaiju are massive, destructive, and hard as hell to kill. When it becomes clear the invasion isn’t going to stop, the world governments come together to fund the Jaeger Program, which gives humanity an army in the form of gigantic robots controlled by two human pilots.
After more than a decade of war, though, the Jaegers are deemed too expensive and the program is scuttled. With only four Jaegers and a handful of pilots left, the remaining members of the program prepare a desperate final charge that will either save our planet or doom it.
(minor spoilers follow)