Nondescript slacker hero not-credibly rises to the occasion to the save the world from unwatchable CGI sea monsters.
What?! Ok, fine.
In the year 2525, man is still alive and he’s got a pest problem. It turns out that sea monsters (exactly like Godzilla) are rising out of a crack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. For years, the humans have been beating off these monsters with killer robots (called Jaegers), but the monsters keep coming. In fact, they’re coming more frequently now.
Naturally, everyone is upset, but they can’t do anything about it because the robot program has been shut down. Or has it? When the program shut down, the leader of the program, Commander Stacker Pentecost, actually took the remaining robots and moved them to a secret base in Hong Kong. They are preparing now to drop an atomic bomb down the crack to seal it shut. Of course, they need one more robot driver and that would be hero Abe Finkelstein, who was a hotshot robot driver until a monster killed his brother.
Why I Didn’t Kill Myself
Ok, seriously, let’s go through this thing and point out the good and the bad and why this film was actually quite watchable.
The plot is not very interesting either. Monster come from ocean. Robot flown to monster. Fight!! Monster die. Everyone worry about next monster. Must drop bomb to kill all the monsters. Will they succeed? Oh, the tension!
The CGI is pretty decent for once too. These robots don’t fight so much as primp, which gives the whole thing a wrestling feel rather than a true fighting feel, which pays off in that you get to see what is happening quite clearly for once.
At one point, one of these scientists hooks his brain to part of a dead creature and discovers that he can read its mind. To do this again, he needs to find a still living brain. To do that, he needs to venture out into Hong Kong and make a deal with a shifty monster-part collector. This guy, Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman) really adds life to the film. The scenes with Perlman are fun, funny and just all around lively.
Next... well, that’s about it actually. This is a very simple film. It is what you expect from a relatively decent summer tent pole film, unlike most of the turds they are passing off today. It’s formulaic and you won’t care about the film the moment it ends, but it’s entertaining enough throughout to hold your interest because it offers enough to keep you engaged. Also, the film is pretty enough and you’ll like some of the characters. Don’t expect anything more though.