Niagara Gazette

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July 16, 2013

CALLERI: Redgrave and Stamp shine and del Toro does it right

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Niagara Gazette — Each robot is "driven" from inside by two pilots whose minds are linked neurologically. The movie-style, giant lizard-like beasts are on the verge of dominating the planet. As the story progresses, with the attendant civilian panic, expected warnings of doom and gloom, and typical military camaraderie, we get to the point where a washed-up pilot and his comic sidekick will lead the robot army to a film-ending fight-to-the-finish.

The movie offers nothing too surprising, and the acting is generic, but thanks to del Toro's smart visual talent, this film looks terrific and has pacing that makes sense and isn't tiresome. “Pacific Rim” is certainly more interesting than any robot-laden effort Michael Bay has put together, including his overreaching Transformers series.

Yes, “Pacific Rim” is familiar, but, it’s genuinely entertaining.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at moviecolumn@gmail.com.

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