BRIAN: So things I liked about this picture:
1) The battle in Hong Kong. Definitely the best action sequence of the movie. The rest of the fights were a little underwhelming, especially the one underwater. This one is still pretty good despite the fact that the crew of Gipsy Danger almost forgot they had two built-in swords.
2) Idris Elba, although his character really doesn’t do much for a leader, and Charlie Day, but I think if someone else was playing his character I would have disliked him.
3) Some cool-looking sets, the ones that weren’t 100% CG.
4) I like the news footage of the kaiju destruction. There should have been more of it.
5) Mako’s flashback scene. Really the only time you felt a human was in danger the entire movie.
That’s about it. Literally everything else could have been done better. I had hope for this movie because I love monster and mass-destruction movies, but the lame elements of this really tarnished it. And I love Cloverfield, which a lot of people write off, but in that movie it mattered to the characters that things were being destroyed. There was barely any human element in Pacific Rim at all. If I was 15 I wouldn’t have cared about that, but oddly enough it seems that I do now.
Score: 6 nosebleeds that foreshadow something but never really go anywhere (out of 10)
BRAD: Pacific Rim entertained my inner 12-year-old but sadly bored the adult that I am. I think if they toned down the whole drifting plot or better yet made it more interesting it would be a better movie. I like the idea of the two pilots mind-melding but Raleigh and Mako had one bad experience and then voila! It’s all fixed now in the next scene. The prep rally speeches were lame; “We’re canceling the Apocalypse!” And the countdown clocks made zero sense (how exactly were they able to determine a time the kaiju were going to attack? And if so, how did they not capitalize on this feat?). The fights were OK but hard to see or really enjoy. (BRIAN: Does anyone reading this remember if the clock was a countdown to the next attack or a time since last attack? We honestly don’t remember. Shows how much sense it made.)
Things I liked:
1) The design of the jaegers. Though not groundbreaking they looked awesome and the CG movement was good. Although them having such a vast array of weapons was a tad much. A retractable sword? But you can’t figure out how to detonate a bomb in a hole in the ocean floor?
2) Charlie Day was the perfect comic relief for this sort of picture. But the English guy from The Dark Knight Rises was groan-inducing.
3) Idris Elba is always great and even though his dialogue was written poorly he still did a better job than say Stephen Lang in Avatar.
Score: 5 worthless anti-kaiju walls (out of 10)