Film #189: PACIFIC RIM
4 out of 5 stars (for visuals and action alone)
A research-based re-watch. All in all, a HIGHLY enjoyable "Kaiju vs. Voltron" flick with wildly inventive visual sequences that your inner 12 year old will lap up with a biscuit. Sadly, the characters are thinly-drawn, the performances wickedly uneven, and the script... well, you're forehead will be red from all the face-palming. That said though... you didn't come to this flick for subtlety of plot or intricacies of themes. This is a "big robot fights monsters" movie and it delivers on all fronts. Fans of old Kaiju will LOVE this film. New fans will dig it, but may not understand how closely - and why - to formula the film keeps. Big fun! Not exceptionally deep, but it was never meant to be. Recommended!!!