Pacific Rim(2013) Directed by Guillermo del Toro 4/10 The first part of the film is clips set to narration that nicely gets us up to speed without taking us some overblown and un-needed origin story. The basic premise sees a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures waging on when a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. The film itself has a familiar story and structure, adequate acting of mostly paper thin characters in a tonally mixed effort that goes from serious to goofy often in the same scene. All that aside, what most will take from it are the special effects and action sequences which are often next level. The action sequences that have been constricted show Michael Bay what could and should be done with action and especially action with large robots. It keeps the action in longer takes with a lot of whats going on kept inside the frame. You get to see and feel the weight of what is happening with no confusion about what is taking place. The dull story and characters luckily have these segues to epic action and settings to keep it from being a total bust but the poor score and terrible creature design doesn't help proceedings and neither do the leaps in logic or science (but those are somewhat forgivable given the tone). However, if you want to shut your brain off and enjoy some sweeping action with top notch effects in a film that won't morally insult you like a Michael Bay 'adventure' then this will give you a good enough time. A few hours after seeing it I can tell you it has not stayed with me much and have no desire to see it again but I had fun enough at the time I guess. Also despite what others may be saying, there is no real need to see this in 3D, there is plenty of money in the screen that 3D doesn't add anything and is nothing bit distracting.