The world must take action when an alien species known as the Kaiju rise up through a breach in the Pacific Ocean with the intention of taking over Planet Earth. A program is established to build jaegers, massive giant fighting robots controlled by two pilots. When the Kaiju begin to overpower the jaegers, pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), whose brother was killed in a kaiju battle five years earlier, must come out of retirement and team up with unlikely partner Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to try to destroy the breach and end the war once and for all.
What I liked
I think this film did have some unique aspects to it that you don’t see in a typical action film. For example, an alien species rising up from a portal in the ocean to try to take over Earth was something I hadn’t seen before. Also the idea of the two pilots needing to initiate a neural handshake, or connect each other’s minds, in order to effectively control the jaeger was an interesting idea as well. I also enjoyed that the movie made you emotionally invested in the characters. You had Raleigh Becket who had to overcome his brother’s death in order to fight again, Mako Mori who was fighting to avenge her family and who we find out has a close relationship with the general, who also had to let go of emotions in order to allow Mako to fight. I was also impressed with the work that went into creating these gigantic sea aliens and all the computer generation that was done so effectively.
What I didn’t like
I think the movie was a little bit long, in part to some fighting scenes that were a little excessive. I would have liked to learn a little bit more about the background of the Kaiju and why they were attacking Earth. At one point in the film, Newton is able to tap into their mind and says they are being ordered to attack Earth by some master, but we never learn more about the background of this species. The plot in this film was not terribly deep, so there was some predictability in it. It was the classic theme of the good guy teaming up with the underdog to fight the enemy and save the world. As I said above, there were unique parts to this film that were interesting, but overall it wasn’t that different from other movies of its kind.
This movie currently has a 7.8/10 on IMDB, a 72% from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 84% from the critics.
Overall, I did enjoy watching this movie and was glad I saw it. However, it was good but not great, so my final rating is a 3.5/5.
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