Conclusion: Pacific Rim is the effects and action feast advertised, but with slightly more story and human characters you'd expect. Guillermo del Toro's futuristic spectacle is always watchable and sometimes kind of fun, but never any better than its dumb giant robots vs. giant aliens premise allows it to be.
Excerpt: "Today we are canceling the apocalypse!" That's just one of the many--but probably the best-- overheated lines of dialogue in Pacific Rim , a movie that promises bigness and grandness with its every fiber and then strains so very hard to deliver. As said by the masterful Idris Elba, the line works, but not nearly as well in context as it has in the trailers.
Excerpt: "Pacific Rim" is the perfect suit for an audience with a penchant for large robots. On display is the most spectacular of heavy-machinery, brought to life with cutting edge special effects in gleaming detail. It's clear the monsters were as thoughtfully designed, repulsive creatures who appear as ominous threats, thanks in part to the small bunch of rag-tag humans who make us partially care. The film has a mission, and delivers exactly on what it sets out to do...
Excerpt: Kortrecension För att bekämpa enorma monster som kommer upp genom en interdimensionell spricka i Stilla Havets botten krävs förstås att människorna bygger enorma Transformers-liknande robotar som bokstavligen fajtas med dem. Dessa måste förstås styras av två människor som sitter i huvudet på dem (inget distansdrönande här).