This movie is about giant monsters who come through a portal on the ocean floor and attack cities, Godzilla-Style, while humanity fights back using giant robots called Jeagers. (Pronounced Yay-Ger) Plot-wise, it wasn't all that complicated. :)
Aside from the basic plot synopsis, there is a lot more to the story, and the writing made it so much better than it could have been. It still would have been completely awesome, but the writing just took it up a level.
The plot follows a Jeager pilot with a tragic back-story named Raleigh, who comes out of retirement in a last bid to defeat the monsters once and for all. He is paired with a woman with her own tragic back-story named Mako, and the two bond while trying to save humanity from annihilation.
I loved the monsters, I loved the robots, I loved the characters. I'm not sure what more I need to say. :) This movie was action eye-candy. I loved it.
The Jeagers all had unique names, the main one, piloted by Raleigh and Mako, was named Gipsy Danger. Other Jeagers were named Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoon, and Striker Eureka. Yesterday on Twitter I noticed the hashtag #RejectedJeagerNames was trending, so I clicked on it, and I found comedy gold. Two of my favorite that I found were Hitler Delicious, and Hernia Sunshine. You know me, lover of all things random, so of course I had to get in on this.
That was probably more fun than it should have been. :p
Anyway, Pacific Rim was awesome. If you love robots, giant monsters, and loud, explosive action, then you need to see this movie. If you don't like any of those things... Well, I'm sure there's a Barney and Friends marathon somewhere you could go see.