Pacific Rim Review

Rob Dixon, Columnist

After a somewhat stuttered summer release, “Pacific Rim” delivers a story of humanities fighting for survival against an alien race known as the Kaiju, which translates from Japanese into “strange creature.” Starting with only $14.6 million, nearly half of its projected $36 million, viewers gave it an “A-” after the hype died down. “Pacific Rim” is about how humanity fights back against these creatures using giant robots called jaegers, which translates from German to “hunter.” Thus, massive battles of 30 story huntsman and equally tall creatures creates that explosion ridden environment that sci-fi movies almost always promise to bring into fruition.

“Pacific Rim” features a multitude of characters from all over the world, including the Russian Federation, People’s Republic of China, and Japan as they suit up and drift to fight the invading alien forces. Drifting, in the context of “Pacific Rim”, does not entail speeding around corners and expecting your car to slide ever-so-nicely, but a full immersion into the jaeger pilot’s life, memories and pain. For a successful drift, the pilots must leave everything on the proverbial table, as they become synced and almost part of their jaeger and their fellow pilot.

“Pacific Rim” is filled with tragic back stories, heroic downfalls, and edge-of-your-seat suspense which is guaranteed to keep you entertained throughout the movie. All in all, I believe that this is one of the best movies of the summer. It captivated me, and most of my family, and kept us entertained. Regardless of some bits of  unbelievable action and events it keeps you interested and attentive.