Guest / Limited Access /
Pacific Rim
Warner Bros. Pictures
Pacific Rim
Our Rating
2½ Stars - Fair
Average Rating
 
(5 user ratings)ADD YOURSHelp
Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (For sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language)
Directed By
Guillermo del Toro
Run Time
2 hours 11 minutes
Cast
Charlie Hunnam, Diego Klattenhoff, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
Theatre Release
July 12, 2013 by Warner Bros.

Comparing Grown Ups 2 to Pacific Rim reminds one of the old David Sedaris joke about a stewardess who asked an airplane passenger which he preferred for his meal: the chicken, or a sandwich made with excrement and shards of broken glass. After a lengthy pause, the passenger inquires, "How was the chicken cooked?"

Sedaris made his joke during an election season to describe his bewilderment at voters who claimed, with less than a month to go before an election, that they were still undecided. I am similarly at a loss to imagine the potential moviegoer who is waking up on Friday morning and trying to decide what movie to see this weekend: "Grown Ups 2 or Pacific Rim? I just can't decide. Let's see what Christianity Today has to say . . . "

Pacific Rim is the chicken here. While I can't quite convince myself that it is the equivalent of a four-star meal that some of its geeking fan boys want it so desperately to be, I concede that it is, at the very least, edible. And in a summer of downed presidential residences, singular rangers, and multiple hangovers, the merely competent grows in our esteem, if not our imagination.

A cross between Real Steel and Godzilla, Pacific Rim follows the military-action formula from the start. It uses an opening battle scene to explain (I use the word loosely) the conflict and outline the basic weapons and strategies used by its participants. Earth is being attacked by giant monsters coming through a dimensional portal ("the breach") in the Pacific Ocean. They are fought back by a group of rangers in "Jaegers," metallic, humanoid-shaped armored vehicles so large they can only be controlled by two pilots whose minds are melded. An early failure ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Tags:
Browse All Movie Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Current IssueGleanings: December 2016
Subscriber Access Only Gleanings: December 2016
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our December issue).
RecommendedThe Broken Hands of Doctor Strange
The Broken Hands of Doctor Strange
What Marvel’s latest hero movie teaches us about engaging suffering.
TrendingWhy Do We Have Christmas Trees?
Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?
The history behind evergreens, ornaments, and holiday gift giving.
Editor's PickThe Bible Never Says 'All Men Are Created Equal'
The Bible Never Says 'All Men Are Created Equal'
How the New Testament offers a better, higher calling than the Declaration of Independence.
Christianity Today
Pacific Rim
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

July 2013

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.