Pacific Rim

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(2013) ★★½

Sky Movies Action/Adventure: Wednesday 27 May, 9pm

After tectonic plate fissures open a portal to another dimension, alien monsters emerge from the deep. Earth responds with giant articulated robots piloted by humans. Charlie Hunnam is one of the best, but Idris Elba thinks Hunnam can’t follow orders. Even though his best work – specifically The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth – combines a poetic soul with a rare cinematic sensibility, gifted Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has never outgrown his fan-boy enthusiasm for comic books. If his two Hellboy movies weren’t evidence enough, then Pacific Rim proves it. Definitively. For two crash-bashing hours. Giant articulated robots against alien monsters? It doesn’t matter who’s at the controls, this is as goofy as it sounds – stiff video-game characterisation, comic-relief boffins, collateral damage piled rubble high, all the bits Cloverfield left out. A 21st century Godzilla? It’s barely a match for the third Transformers movie, which is a strange thing to be saying about a Guillermo del Toro film. Hellboy star Ron Perlman plays Hong Kong black marketeer Hannibal Chau in a cameo that manages to reference Blade Runner and Chinatown. Visually it’s impressive, if occasionally so overloaded it verges on the abstract. But narratively it’s strictly 3D – dumb, dumb, dumb. And that goes quadruple for Atlantic Rim (Syfy at 11pm), another of the Asylum’s ridiculous piggybacking productions.

Certificate: 15
Duration: 131min

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