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Classic Case of Just Here For Godzilla
And that's about all that needs to be said.

The sum and whole of the movie is Giant Robots, extremely well-rendered in CGI. Even the monstrous kaiju aren't as interesting, or even as well-detailed (though they're pretty good).

Frankly, everything else is B-movie quality. The plot itself is recycled from any number of sports movies or heroic sacrifice war movies. The characters are mostly cardboard cutouts, with even the main 3 being quite two dimensional. The acting was reasonably good, however, particularly given the limited amount of characterization and opportunity that the script gave them to work with.

There's a whole bunch of cliches and stereotyping going on, and big enough plot holes to drive a truck through.

But that's not the point: the movie is just about watching Giant Robots fight Huge Monsters, and trash the scenery while doing it. If that's what you want, then it's glorious. If you actually want something other (like, maybe an actual story, rather than a 2-hour trailer) then you're in for a serious disappointment.

Personally, it fails as even a popcorn film, because, well, there's no film - it's a bunch of action scenes stitched together with dialogue scenes that you just don't care about, and can't wait to get back to the monster-trashing. It's about as good a movie as Battleship, for mostly the same reasons. But, the Jaegers sure were cool...

I don't quite agree; I found the subplot with the scientists rather entertaining
comment #20268 Hylarn 21st Jul 13
I only agree that this is meant to be a fun popcorn blockbuster movie, and that's it. If people are honestly expecting an A-grade Citizen Kane film, then why look at giant monster movies? And the big difference between Battleship and Pacific Rim is that Battleship has no plot nor good quality ideas since it's based on a plotless board game, whereas Pacific Rim has a straightforward smile plot that everyone could understand and new creative ideas that pays homage to the classic Mecha genre.
comment #20273 Shadao 21st Jul 13
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