“Pacific Rim” is, hands down, the blockbuster event of the summer — a titanic sci-fi action fantasy that has been invested, against all expectations, with a heart, a brain, and something approximating a soul.
The most mainstream project to date for the prodigiously talented Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” the “Hellboy” films), this epic robots-vs-monsters slugfest honors both modern mega-cinema — stalwart heroes, crashing masonry, global calamities delivered in crystalline 3-D digital imagery — and such unfashionable verities as well-developed characters you care about and witty, passionate storytelling. The movie wants to be the biggest “Godzilla” movie ever and a rousing tale of human solidarity and a straight-up summer hoot. It achieves all three with spellbinding confidence. With Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, and Idris Elba. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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