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Bettie's Box Office: Pacific Rim Review

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:06 PM CDT

Isn't it great when a movie is better than the trailer? With Pacific Rim, you're probably expecting Godzilla versus Transformers. You do get that, but you also get a healthy dose of Independence Day and even a little Iron Man, all served up in spectacular form. 

There's not much of a plot line, but it's enough to keep the characters interesting. In a nutshell, an underwater chasm deep in the ocean is spewing out an endless stream of giant monsters (called Kaiju) which are bent on destroying human cities. Mankind fights back by building giant robot warriors (called Jaegers) which are piloted by a pair of pilots whose minds are joined. 

Idris Elba (The Wire) is a battle-hardened general and Charlie Hunnam plays a pilot with a history. In the end, funny man Charlie Day (Sunny in Philadelphia) steals a lot of the scenes.

But the real stars are the special effects and sound. From the very beginning, Pacific Rim is a visual onslaught. The battles - on land or in the water - are epic in scale, and every scene is visually rich. 

Pacific Rim cost $185 million to make (still less than The Lone Ranger) and you can see every bit of it on the screen. Even though it's a week late, it's what you'd expect from a 4th of July movie. Definitely worth full price - and 3D! 

Pacific Rim is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language (should be okay for everyone except young kids).


Bettie's Box Office: Pacific Rim Review

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