No, this is not a new Transformers sequel. But it does feature loud titanic smackdowns, in the kaiju tradition, between mammoth monsters and giant battle robots, in this overwrought, audacious new Sci-fi fantasy epic Pacific Rim. It’s an affectionate tribute to Japan’s epic monster action films and more recent alien invasion and superhero trends.
The movie is full of derivative characters such as the ragtag group of Jaeger pilots who are more like macho WWE wrestlers, as it takes physical and mental stamina to operate the robots, and a comic duo of bickering scientists who seem to be modeled after R2-D2 and C-3PO. Some of the better performances come from Idris Elba, who was recently seen in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012), and the Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, who is best known to western audiences for her breakout role in Babel (2006).