Pacific Rim

PacificRim KaijuPacific Rim is a 2013 science fiction monster film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and written by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham.  Pacific Rim is Guillermo del Toro’s visualization of a modern monster movie, particularly continuing the kaiju (“monster” in Japanese) genre.  The first movies of its kind were The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and Godzilla, by Ray Harryhausen and Ishirō Honda, to whom Pacific Rim was dedicated to.  The film is also Guillermo’s intended blending of the kaiju and mecha genres.  The mecha genre is a science fiction genre that centers around a robot or machine that is controlled by humans from the inside.  In Pacific Rim, the Pacific Rim nations form an alliance to fight the kaijus, monsters that arise from the ocean or ground and mindlessly attack anything in their field of view.  The nations create giant robots called Jaegers, which are controlled by two humans who must form a neural bridge, or a kind of mental bond, to take control and effectively fight and neutralize the kaijus.  The movie contains intense fight scenes between the kaijus and the Jaegers, and creatively horrifying monsters that the Pacific Rim nations must fight in order to protect Earth.

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The most interesting part about the kaijus though, is their origin.  It is explained that they have existed in Earth’s tectonic plates for billions of years, and are related to dinosaurs.  As the tectonic plates shifted over time periods of Earth, the release of the kaijus became more and more imminent.  The kaijus are also revealed to be a weapon utilized by an alien race, whose intent is to take control of the universe, and they use the kaijus to achieve their goal by taking over planets and inhabiting each planet that comes to their possession.

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