There are two categories of people that might want to go see Pacific Rim. This first are people, like me, who spent a large number of Saturday nights during their grade school years staying up way past midnight on Saturday nights so they could watch all the Japanese monster movies on late night TV. They were awful, rubber-suited man-type monsters, but in 2cd and 3rd grade that was enough to spark the imagination. Pacific Rim is equally awful, but they manage to copy every single trope from those old movies. The panicked crowd scenes, the underground bomb shelter scenes, the gold-toothed business man, the half-crazy research scientists. The square jawed military leader. It’s all there.
The second type of audience for this movie are computer programmers who specialize on computer-generated film sequences. The utter detail of these battle scenes between the robot warriors and the monsters is amazing. It feels like you can see every shard glass falling from every toppled building in palettes of gazillions of colors and deep, high-fidelity sound. It’s almost computer graphics porn.
Everything else about the movie is utterly forgettable.