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Film review

‘Pacific Rim’ has reasonable plot — and lots of crunching and smashing

Charlie Hunnam plays Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, partners operating a giant robot that battles alien monsters from the sea in “Pacific Rim.”
Photographer: Kerry Hayes/Warner Bros.
Charlie Hunnam plays Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, partners operating a giant robot that battles alien monsters from the sea in “Pacific Rim.”
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It’s one of the saving graces of “Pacific Rim,” Guillermo Del Toro’s new mega-budget monsters vs. robots extravaganza, that at a key juncture, it knows how to make fun of itself.

This welcome bit of comic relief amid all the crunching, smashing and groaning in 3-D comes just as the good guys — that would be the robots, or rather the humans operating the 25-story machines built to save humanity — have hit a ...

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