I really don't give a flying elephant fuck about OPTIMUS FUCKING PRIME. But I did care to Redbox this movie today.
Of course I won't over-analyze the science behind it all or else the movie will totally collapse under the weight of its own unreality. I found the monsters (the so-called Kaiju) to be sufficiently scary. The Jaegers were big and tough. I know some viewers saw Transformers or some shit in this movie, but I saw a combination of ID4 and Power Rangers. And I only mentioned Power Rangers, not because of some obvious similarities, but because the good guys keep having to haul out bigger and badder weapons, culminating with "The Sword" in this case, when they should have been using "The Sword" all along. There was no reason not to, unless the Jaegers wanted to get their asses whooped for a while just to make the movie more exciting. Hmmm....
As with any good action movie or video game, the viewer or gamer has to be hooked from the very beginning. A video game has to start with levels easy to beat, and rewards easy to accomplish. Once the gamer becomes hooked, the rewards come fewer and fewer. But that's okay, or else the game will become boring and the gamer will become satiated with too many rewards and serotonin. There are mid-bosses, end-bosses, and a final boss to defeat.
Action movies use precisely the same formula as video games. With ... um, what was the title again? Oh yes. With Pacific Rim, the easy levels were skipped over. They occurred in the past in the movie, and the viewer is given a synopsis of past events with some action thrown in like appetizers for the main course. Then the present battle sequences begin, and things are really scary. We hate the Kaiju and cheer for the Jaegers. It can't be helped, unless you're totally brain-dead - or a girl who plays with dolls and despises transformers.
In between battle sequences there was some blah blah talk that I never quite kept up with. However, I did like the "nutty professor" character, you know, the one who sounds like a stereotypical cloistered professor and acts kind of nervous yet at the same time is cocky and self-sure of his own intellectual abilities. This character wasn't given nearly enough screen time for me. I didn't happen to catch his name so I'll look it up............ It appears that he was simply known as Gottlieb. The other more quasi-intellectual nervous type was named, for some reason that I can't even begin to explain, Newton. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the real Newton and Gottlieb were rivals back in the day? I wouldn't know.
The character Newton has a counterpart in ID4, his name was David Levinson (played by Jeff Goldblum). Stacker Pentecost also has a counterpart in ID4, his name was President Thomas J. Whitmore. And by some interesting coincidence, they both gave rousing speeches toward the end of their respective movies. I must admit, however, that I was far more moved by President Whitmore's patriotic speech.
The audience is handed an ending which is thankfully not quite the same as the one in ID4. There is the inevitable countdown timer to create tension in the audience. The ending also bore a strong resemblance with that of The Avengers, moreso than with ID4. It has to do with gateways to parallel universes, where the good guy travels through the gateway, takes the war to the bad guy's own territory, and then manages to fall (or float) back through the gateway to safety before it shuts down forever. This is a twist on the ending to ID4 (and you could also toss Armageddon in there) to add a little bit more tension. ID4's ending was just more complex in that there were two fronts in the battle, the one with the enemy on Earth itself, and the secret one occurring in orbit.
I would also like to point out one complete rip-off from ID4: at the end of both movies, we are looking straight into the eyes of an alien just before his (its?) time ran out. I did however appreciate how startled the aliens looked when the Jaeger came down to "greet" them with its little gift of good-will between races.
All in all, Pacific Rim is a delightful romp that should not be missed by any male aged 8 and up.