Bottom Line: This is the kind of bigger, louder and less obnoxiously self indulgent, OCD-laced, acid flashback kind of nightmare that causes director’s like Michael Bay to excitedly wake in a cold sweat – problem is, directors like that could never efficiently bring something like this to the big screen. Unfortunately, director Guillermo del Toro doesn’t quite get it done either - but probably a lot more fluidly than his peers ever could... It is indeed a beautifully envisioned and groundbreakingly realized TRANSFORMERS meets GODZILLA by way of THE MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS creature feature thrill ride. The first and third act are sturdily constructed, painstakingly detailed, action-packed and primed-for-fun bookends – but the biggest issue lies with the meanderingly flat, spark-free, elephant-in-a-hammock-like, one dimensional character sag that takes place during the entire middle portion of the film. It’s dull and uninspired and you’ll yearn for nothing more than to get back to the mayhem-infused, giant human-operated robot battle suit vs. oversized oceanic dwelling lizard-like sea creature goods. When the movie moves in this destructive space it truly soars. The belligerently bombastic, spectacle-steeped deep end of this oceanic slugfest is on full geek-mode tilt and delivers a stylistically sadistic ode to boys and their backyard toys; I just wish the other end of the pool – the story part – wasn’t so darn shallow.
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Pearlman
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro (PANS LABRYNTH, HELLBOY, HELLBOY 2, BLADE 2 and THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE)Rated: PG-13
Running time: 131 minutes
Story: 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. (c) Warner Bros