I have never been blown away by a movie like this since James Cameron's [i]Avatar[/i]! In the simplest terms, I'm in love with this movie. I've seen it twice in IMAX 3D as well as researched the mythos and it still blows my mind on how great this film is. If you've seen it already, then you know what I'm talking about. However if you haven't seen it, here's what you're missing.
The plot of this movie is pretty simple compared to recent blockbusters. A portal opens up in the Pacific Ocean and giant monsters called Kaiju start coming out and attacking major cities ranging from Seattle to Manila. The humans all come together to form the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, where they build huge-ass robots called Jaegers to fight off the Kaiju. For the sake of spoilers, that is all I'll tell of the plot. As someone who watches giant monster films a lot, this was awesome fan service in addition to it being a strong (sometimes original) story.
The acting and characters I thought were a good bunch. Their archetypes can be identified right off the bat, but they all give life to each of their roles and don't come off as super clichÃ©. Charlie Hunnam made for a decent and likable action hero. Rinko Kikuchi was one of the best lead ladies I've seen in a while, churning in a deep and cool performance. Idris Elba was just a flat out [u]BADASS[/u] like he always is. The rest of the cast also did great jobs, even the scientists played by Charlie Day and Burn Gorman who played the fast talking scientists (over-the-top? A little. Enjoyable to watch? Most defiantly!).
The real stars of this movie however are the 30-story tall monsters and mechs, which are [b]INCREDIBLE[/b]! Everything about them is a pure spectacle. Their designs are remarkable, the CGI and practical props are fantastic looking, and the action scenes with them brawling in the streets are just out of this world. The whole time I watched them, my jaw was always on the floor. They looked just like the rubber suit creatures and machines of the past but with effects quality that rivals [i]Jurassic Park[/i]. As for the sound design, let's just say when you hear a Kaiju roar or a Jaeger walk, you FEEL it! I highly recommend IMAX showings for full effect.
There is a lot more I could talk about like Ramin Djawdi's powerful musical score, amazing camera work, and how it just pays the ultimate tribute to monster greats of the past like [i]Godzilla[/i] and [i]Gorgo[/i], but I think you should just go and see the movie if you haven't (see it again if you already saw it three times and if I reminded you of it's brilliance). I love this movie a lot to where I hardly consider it a popcorn flick anymore. It connected to my childhood on a grand scale and took me on this dinosaur-sized adventure. Like I said, it's not just for monster fanatics (or Kaiju groupies in this case). Anyone looking for a fun action film to get sucked into and immersed in, then you should absolutely watch [i]Pacific Rim[/i]. It really is one hell of a ride!