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Parents' Guide to

Pacific Rim

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Loud robots vs. monsters movie could have used more heart.

Movie PG-13 2013 131 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 15+

Dull characters and disturbing alien dismemberment

Boring characters fighting glowing cgi aliens with glowing cgi, unoriginal, robots. Lots of aliens being torn/cut/burned to pieces in full view; a disturbing scene where an alien fetus tears its way out of its mother, strangles itself in its own umbilical cord, and then is used for 'comedic relief' at the end when a character cuts his way out of its corpse. Aliens have blue glowing blood and 'alien' organs. It's not exactly gory the normal way, but it's still quite horrific.

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

A lot of ideas which would appeal to children, but the violence might be a bit much.

Pacific rim is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to the unspoken PG-13 Rule that there can be ludicrous amounts of violence as long as the blood isn't red. The Official review on this website dramatically low balls the level of violence in this movie. Violence: The giant monsters in this movie are shown no mercy throughout. They are beaten, shot to death and cut apart with swords. One scene shows a creature's corpse being repeatedly shot until it is nothing more than a smoldering mess of organs and broken bones. The main reason this didn't boost the film to an R-rating is that the beasts' blood isn't red, but rather a neon aqua marine. This does make their violent demises less realistic, but it doesn't make the injuries they suffer feel any less painful. There are also some moments of human violence. One scene depicts a man spitting blood as he is punched in the face. another man briefly has a switchblade shoved up his nose. This doesn't cause any major visible injury, but it is uncomfortable to watch. During their battles, some of the robot pilots die. There are a few sad moments where main characters react to seeing their friends get killed. The robot pilots seem to feel pain corresponding with the damage their machines receive. Positive messages and role models: The cast is pretty diverse, portraying both genders and several races as equal. The main character, and several supporting members of the cast are coping with tragic pasts, and bond over their shared pain. There is a general message about working together in the face of hardship. This is expressed in several ways, mainly through the friendship the two leads develop over the course of the film, but also through how the film handles the conflict between other characters who are at odds. During moments of tension, characters put aside petty squabbles to save their own lives. Also, the film portrays all of the worlds major countries as working together towards a single goal Sexuality: Nothing too serious, but there are a few slightly suggestive moments. Most notably, there is one scene where an attractive man is seen shirtless, and a woman stares at him for a few moments. At one point, a man and a woman exchange a very passionate hug, but it's unclear if this was supposed to be seen as romantic.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (81 ):

This movie is so big and loud that the characters are eventually stifled, none more so than the two romantic leads (Hunnam and Kikuchi). The great, visionary director Guillermo Del Toro has always loved monsters, but his previous movies (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) have demonstrated a taste for the intricate as well -- in particular, clockwork and mazes. In Pacific Rim, anything intricate or delicate has been obliterated.

Interestingly, Del Toro showers special attention on the comical scientist characters, played by Charlie Day and Burn Gorman. It's likely that he identified with their passion for monsters. Likewise, Del Toro's favorite actor, Ron Perlman, appears in a showy, hilarious role as a black market monster parts dealer. Not surprisingly, the battles and effects are spectacular, making clear use of space and creating a sense of size and weight -- unlike the clumsy, shaky Transformers movies. It could have used more heart, but Pacific Rim gets the job done.

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