[sigh] Where to start with Pacific Rim? Guillermo del Toro, the director who brought us the outstanding Pan’s Labyrinth? Idris Elba, the star of the top-notch BBC series, Luther? How about Sons of Anarchy favourite, Charlie Hunnam? Or Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman. How about giant robots fighting giant alien sea monsters that want to take over the planet and kill us all? Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Sounds exciting? Well, it isn’t.
I’m not sure how an action film with such a big budget ($190m, according to IMDB), one that has such a good director and some very watchable actors (see the aforementioned Idris Elba) can be so damned boring. I don’t mind the ridiculous premise or the flimsy plot. I don’t watch action films for their award-winning status, I watch them for escapism and for fun. But with a running time of two hours and 11 minutes, it’s about an hour too long.