Pacific Rim, with Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini & Robert Kazinsky. Guillermo del Toro, Director. Finally, a blockbuster worthy of that designation. Though I was a little worried this was going to be a bunch of Godzilla puppets, my faith was squarely with del Toro & Elba. They didn’t disappoint & I dare say, Elba has another notch on his belt.
Hunnam, best known (?) for his role in Sons of Anarchy, continues his perfect American English as an operator of giant, cybernetic robots which have been built to counter invading monsters from another dimension, entering through to our world from a worm hole, or something similar, near a rift in one of tectonic plates, located off the coast of Hong Kong. All of which, is all I’ll say about the matter.
He’s an excellent anti-hero, with an all-American demeanor, though he’s English. His style is forthcoming. However; he does need a bit of sharpening to be a proper action star. Otherwise, he’ll continue to just be a pretty face while clumsily attempting to express the moves of a martial arts fighter. It’s not so bad. I’m just overly critical at times, when so much is expected & the delivery isn’t exactly as ordered.
The special effects were superior. Far from being a set of miniature buildings with marionettes plunking between them. I will say, that the action transfers from the US to Hong Kong; possibly to give it an international flair. Which includes the beauty Kikuchi, an big-eyed Japanese actress that evidently possesses quite a range of emotions & who’s able to pull off the kung fu moves, with alacrity.
Elba, not quite so fresh off his role as captain of the Prometheus, is the standout star in this film. An actor with actual talent & looks. An anchor to the rest of the cast which includes Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins Jr., Burn Gorman & Charlie Day. Elba has got to be my current favorite, as far as ability is concerned. He’s the man!
I recommend this for viewing, truly a spectacle & exceptionally loud. Del Torro, director of Mama, Kung Fu Panda 2 & Puss in Boots has broken out into the true big screen. I offer my congratulations, if he’d just pick up the phone.