To nerds of a certain generation — those who grew up on the Americanized anime of “Voltron” and “Robotech” after school or watched “Godzilla” or the atomic ants classic “Them!” late at night — two phrases make the heart sing: “giant robots” and “giant monsters.”
So leave it to Guillermo del Toro, he of geeky art-bait fantasy “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the arty geek-bait comic booker “Hellboy,” to smash them together in “Pacific Rim.”
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Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language
Running time: 2 hour, 11 minutes
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