Pacific Rim Saturday, 21 September 2019

Pacific Rim

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Science-fiction violence.

  • The pitch:


  • Starring:

    Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Max Martini, Rob Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Mana Ashida, Diego Klattenhoff

  • Directed by:

    Guillermo del Toro

  • Running time:

    131 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13


    Monsters/humans/machines are punched, kicked, elbowed, bitten, thrown through the air, smashed, taser-blasted, hit with objects, burned, slashed, severed, assumed dead, assumed drowned, crushed and/or swallowed. An umbilical cord chokes a newborn. Monsters spit acid; robot machines attack with missiles, rockets, swords, nuclear force, flare guns, cutters. Famous cities/landmarks are destroyed, threatened. Buildings, vehicles, property are damaged; explosions, nuclear blasts, mass destruction, devastation, debris, smashed glass. Burning effigy, rioting, guns pointed in threat. Competitive stick-fighting. Thousands of civilian casualties, dead workers mentioned. Screaming, roaring, growling. Blood/gore: Corpses, dismembered limbs. Bloody noses, blood on clothing, bloodshot eyes, bloody scratches/grazes/wounds, convulsing. Monster carcasses, bones, body parts, entrails, bleeding. Images of brain-mapping, inside anatomy. Preserved bodies/organs in jars. Research and surgical operations performed on monster carcasses/body parts. Scars on face, torso. Giant needle inserted into skin.


    Kissing. Reference to male potency. Pregnancy. Shirtless men with sunkissed chests and muscle-ripped abs. Image of a bikini-clad woman.


    A man consumes unidentified pills. Shelves of medicinal jars and compounds.


    S-words, a-words, p*ssed, crap, bastard. Name-calling and threatening language ("cut you like a pig"). Religious references and exclamations. Gender, ethnic, genre stereotypes.


    Big stuff, robots, monsters, portals, other dimensions, piloting, brothers, teamwork, heroes, mind-melding, resistance, science experiments, risk-taking, father-son relationships, rivalry, insubordination, adaptation, humanity.


    Parents, foster father, son, brother, newborn killed; orphan. Underground bunker, underwater settings. Birthing scene. Rather large and scary monsters with bitey teeth, sharp claws, scales, tails, leathery skin, tentacles and/or wings and acidic blood. Jet aircraft, helicopters, lightning, full moon, sparks, fire, toilet, spitting, vomiting. People/machines freefall from great heights. Fish, flock of birds, giant bugs/parasites, dead fish; monsters that resemble sharks, fish, dinosaurs, sea creatures. Meatloaf eaten. Sky-high aerials, flashing lights. Some Japanese language (subtitled).


    Earth-shattering CGI and visuals. Monster special effects, action sequences and world-building. No A-list stars or product placement. Crowd-pleasing cameos from Ron Perlman and Ellen McLain. Solid, hard-edged score. Big, bold, loud, fast, lingering, fun, blockbuster, spectacular, engaging, magnificent.


    Formulaic, predictable, corny, overlong. Weak storyline and performances, atrocious dialogue, dreadful Australian accents, cardboard characters. Lacks chemistry, tension between characters.

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