Finally Guillermo del Toro new film has reached our screens.
Sometime in the near future Earth has been attacked by Kaijus- giant aliens who have come through a portal on the Pacific floor wrecking our cities. To fight back we have invented giant robots called Jaegers that are manned by two pilots who sync their brians together to help control the machines. Although initally doing well, the Kaijus are getting stronger so Commander Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), brings in washout pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) to help turn things around in our favour. He then strikes a connection with fellow pilot wannabee Mako Mori (Rinko Kiluchi). Do they have what it take to take on the Kaijus and save Earth?
Who wouldn’t appreciate giant monsters and giant robots battling to the death, and they certainly don’t disapoint. Del Toro gives us some of the best action scenes of the year as cities are brutelly destroyed. The first half of the film is good as we’re introduced to the war and it’s damaged pilots, but it really steps up a gear when the attacks start again halfway through and kicks the film into proper action.
The Jaegers are impressive to look at and the main one Gipsy Danger certainly causes a lot of damage but I would have liked to have seen some more of the other Jaegers in action. I especially thought the three armed one powered by triplets sounded great but we don’t get to see enough of it.
There are some nice scenes between Becket and Mori as they bond and talk about their past experiences. Both characters are well drawn, and Mori proves she can hold her own in a fight against the boys. However I felt that half the time Mori seemed to be there for the men to protect/become inspired by. She is also the only female character of any importance in this film, more female characters in general would have be great.
Idris Elba (aka Stringer Bell, aka Luther, aka one of the coolest men alive) brings power and sense of authority to his role as well as a sensative side. He also brings gravatas to lines such as “Today we are cancelling the apocolypse”. The supporting characters were good, I had soft spot for the Herc Hansen and Chuck Hansen, the Aussie father and son team who show more affection for their dog then to each other (though I can’t blame them, their dog is cute!). Fans may recognise the younger Hansen- Robert Kazinsky- from True Blood, or for British fans he’s Sean Slater from Eastenders. The comic relief duo of the scientists played by Burn Gorman and Charlie Day start off annoying but find their groove later in the film. There is also a great small part from long term del Toro collaborator Ron Perlman.
It’s great to see that this film has a lot of international characters in it, considering it is meant to be the whole of the Earth in peril not just America. It’s also fun to see how many British actors you can spot in the film.
Unfortunatly I felt the ending could have had more of an impact, I thought at one point they might go for a more daring route but then chicken out at the last minuite to ensure any potential sequel could be made.
Compared to this year’s summer blockbusters it’s pretty good but not quite up to the standard of Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 or Star Trek Into Darkness.
Rating 3.5 /5-the best giant robot v.s giant monsters film this year -guaranteed!