The Gist: 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
Jaegers: Charlie Hunnam (Raleigh Becket), Idris Elba (Stacker Pentecost), Diego Klattenhoff (Yancy Becket), Rinko Kikuchi (Mako Mori), Charlie Day (Dr. Newton Geiszler), Ron Perlman (Hannibal Chau), Clifton Collins Jr. (Ops Tendo Choi), Burn Gorman (Gottlieb), Robert Kazinsky (Chuck Hansen), Max Martini (Herc Hansen)
My Take: What can I say about this flick that isn’t shown in the trailers…well it is quite the spectacle. Visually this movie is stunning with the giant monsters and the giant robots and Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba. The monsters that have come through a breach in the ocean floor are pretty fantastic to look at. The dull grey of their flesh is peppered with LED like light of blue and green and is pretty cool looking. The robots are like a kids toy super, super, super sized and the concept of having them controlled by two little people is interesting. Talk about having to be compatible with your co-worker, especially when you enter their mind.
Final Thoughts: While this flick lacked substance in story and engaging dialogue, it looks freakin’ awesome. This is the type of movie that is purely for visual entertainment. I enjoyed it but I thought it could have been a little bit shorter. Clichés aside, this is a fun movie that lets you just zone out and enjoy the war between monsters and robots.