After a year hiatus filled with side projects, del
Toro has returned to the director's chair to bring "Pacific Rim," a film set in the near future that showcases the battle between massive robots known as Jaegers and Kaiju, monsters from another dimension hell-bent on destroying civilization. The concept is novel and has a tremendous amount of potential, but the final product represents del Toro's first major directorial misstep with its superficial treatment of its characters and its over-reliance on repetitive action.
In some ways, it is hard to even call "Pacific Rim" a del Toro film as
it feels like a mash-up of every major Hollywood production of recent
memory. The robots invoke a marriage between Transformers and Power
Rangers. The Hong Kong setting is eerily similar to last year's "Cloud
Atlas." A sequence that introduces the Jaeger (robots that fight the
aliens) feels like it came out of "The Matrix Reloaded." While some
might see this as references to other films of the same genre, they
dominate the film to the point that it almost lacks the powerful
distinction that screams "a film by Guillermo del Toro."