I was 12 when Independence Day came out in 1996, and it had so many things that appealed to 12 year old me. It featured alien monsters, massive cinematic destruction, stunning effects, explosions and lots of action. I imagine that if I were 12 years old today, Pacific Rim would seem to be right up my alley. It’s got alien monsters (technically transdimensional monsters), destruction and explosions and stunning effects. But, I like to think 12 year old me would have left Pacific Rim with the same sense of dissatisfaction that 29 year old me has.
Pacific Rim tells the story of humanity’s fight against Kaiju, giant Godzilla-like creatures that appear from a dimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and wreak havoc on the cities that border that body of water. Continue reading