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‘Pacific Rim’ review: A funny, imaginative film plagued with bad acting

What’s this? A summer blockbuster that isn’t a sequel or a remake? Surely, you can’t be serious. And serious “Pacific Rim” is not. It may not be anywhere near one of the top films this year, but it certainly is one of the most eccentric and imaginative films of the summer. Part love letter to the genre of Japanese Kaiju monster films spawned in the wake of “Godzilla,” part raucous war-time flyboy film, Guillermo del Toro’s biggest movie to date is, at its core, quintessential del Toro beneath layers of megatons of screeching metallic gusto. A fantastic prologue puts the audience into the mix immediately, showing how a rift in the bottom of the Pacific created a wormhole into another dimension where an army of monsters called Kaiju emerged and attacked our major cities. To fight the monsters, giant robots known as Jaegers were created, which humans would pilot from inside by using a device similar to an eliptical machine. When cocky pilot Raleigh’s (“Sons of Anarchy’s” Charlie Hunnam) b...

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