2013 Running time: 131 Certificate: 12 Rating: 3

Synopsis

Visionary director Guillermo Del Toro goes mega with this sci-fi blockbuster featuring humungous monsters - Kaiju - rising from the depths of the Pacific Ocean and threatening to take over the planet. Mankind fights back with giant robots - Jaegers - controlled neurally by air force pilots led by Jaeger master Idris Elba. But even they seem to be fighting a losing battle. Step forward potential saviours ex-flier Charlie Hunnam and untested trainee Rinko Kikuchi. Transformers get wet in this bone-jarring metallic monster movie.

Director

  • Guillermo Del Toro

Cast

  • Charlie Hunnam

  • Rinko Kikuchi

  • Idris Elba

  • Charlie Day

  • Ron Perlman

Review

Godzilla collides noisily with Transformers in this spectacular ruck that pits alien behemoths - kaiju - rising from the ocean depths against mighty multi-storey robots - jaegers - protecting mankind.

The kaiju, who sporadically emerge ever stronger and more devious from a portal in a crevasse beneath the Pacific Ocean, are winning the war against man, making short work of his paltry defences. Basically, a big wall.

Despite early successes, the jaegers - commanded by Idris Elba's splendidly monikered Stacker Pentecost - are being out-manoevred and out-thought to such an extent that those in charge are considering giving up on them completely.

Yet Stacker still has faith, buys some time and recruits former pilot Raleigh Becket (Hunnam), a washed-up 'bot warrior who lost his brother during an oceanic duel with a kaiju off the coast of Alaska five years before.

He joins a united nations of giant, lumbering jaegers - America's Gipsy Danger, Russia's Cherno Alpha, China's Crimson Typhoon, Australia's Strike Eureka and Wales' The Big Leek. Perhaps not the last one.

Joining him at the controls is untested trainee Mako Mori (Kikuchi), the two of them literally reading each other's minds via a neural bridge called The Drift.

It would have helped to have had two brains while trying to work out the masses of hardware thrashing about on screen as the CGI whizz-kids go into giddy overdrive.

Fans of hi-tech dust-ups from Transformers to Battleship will be familiar with attention-deficit action maelstrom and director Del Toro - on his biggest movie yet - shows Michael Bay hasn't got the monopoly on a frantic, broadscreen visuals.

Tim Evans

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