When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes--a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)--who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Pacific Rim, thank the gods of cinema, is the work of a humanist ready to banish cynicism for compassion.Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 07.11.2013
Monsters, robots, grand heroism and a few clever jokes: Sounds like a perfect Saturday afternoon to me.Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 07.11.2013
It is possible to applaud Pacific Rim for the efficacy of its business model while deploring the tale that has been engendered -- long, loud, dark, and very wet. You might as well watch the birth of an elephant.Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 07.18.2013
That humanistic touch is pure del Toro, and it makes all the difference in Pacific Rim, whose own whirring, glowing heart doesn't belong to any machine but to the director himself.Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 07.11.2013