Pacific Rim came out today and is being heralded as one of the biggest and most entertaining films of the summer. Although I do love thought-provoking documentaries, deep dramatic films, historical pieces, and all other types of high-brow cinematic experiences, sometimes you just want to see giant robots punching big city-destroying monsters in the face. On the simplest level, Pacific Rim gives you everything that was advertised and more. The destruction of cities is epic, the battles between the heroic Jaeger teams and the ferocious alien Kaiju monsters are stunning, and the set pieces seem very realistic. Director Guillermo del Toro may be a Leftist, but he knows how to put heart and depth into a film about giant robots punching monsters.
Pacific Rim opens with our protagonist discussing the beginning of the Kaiju war. Kaijus are named after the giant monsters from Japanese myth. In this film, however, they are shockingly real. Out of the deepest depths of the Pacific Ocean, giant monsters began emerging. These creatures attacked major cities around the globe and killed millions of people. Due to the terrifying size of these creatures, conventional weapons were basically useless against them. As the world looked for answers, it created the Jaeger program. Giant robots as large as a skyscraper were constructed around the world in order to battle the Kaiju. Controlled by two pilots who were neurally linked to one another, the Jaegers began to turn the tide in favor of humanity, but this victory was short lived.
Images of old video of giant Jaeger walkers adorned with American flags and patriotic displays from around the world are quickly done away with as the world finds out that the Kaiju are continuing to emerge from the depths, and in ever-increasing frequency. Our main character Raleigh Becket is a young pilot of a tough Jaeger named Gipsy Danger. Becket is partnered alongside his brother Yancy, who is killed in an engagement with a Kaiju off the coast of Alaska. This forces Becket into retirement and is the beginning of the end of the Jaeger program.
The audience learns from voice-overs and conversations between characters that the rising number of Kaiju is simply exhausting the supply of Jaeger walkers. Each Jaeger that falls is obviously billions of dollars of materials and is very difficult to replace. Skilled pilots are hard to come by (as the German Luftwaffe learned in the Second World War). Machines are useless without skilled pilots to run them. Depleted ranks of trained pilots and the tremendous cost of production force the United Nations to look for a new solution. As conservatives generally attempt to do when trying to ignore a problem, the world decides upon building a wall.
Raleigh leaves the Jaeger service to help build a giant metal wall to shield the world from the monsters. The film presumes America still has the industrial base necessary to pursue such mega-projects. The wall is proven to be a failure when, with little effort, Sydney, Australia is attacked by a rampaging Kaiju. A new Jaeger team takes down the beast as the wall lays in broken and burning ruins. At the end of the day, the people are protected and the victory is won by courage and devotion to duty, not by hiding behind the perceived safety of a wall.
Raleigh is called out of retirement in order to join the last team of Jaeger’s in a final attempt to stop the Kaiju attacks. Based out of Hong Kong, the Jaeger base used to hold thirty of the titanic robots, but now it is down to only four. Attrition through battle and budget cuts have left those willing to fight with scant resources to do so.
While the point of the film is that the world has come together to fight this foe in a grand scale version of kumbaya, it is a mainly white and Asian affair. While there are a few black soldiers and mechanics, other than the commander of the Jaeger program, true multiculturalism is not present.The races who have built civilizations, surpassed the world in creation of technology, and moved the globe forward, have united together to defend humanity. The European/Asian alliance was built upon during the Second World War and is solidified in this film.
I have always respected the Asian people for their advancement of medicine, science, art, and the other building blocks of civilization. Asians left alone can built magnificent empires and nations without input from whites. Their hard working and tribal nature has allowed them to succeed for centuries, and now in Pacific Rim they are united with the white world in defending our species from extinction. The Orient and Occident are the main producers of the Jaeger machines and the main fighters of this war. The world may complain about how advanced the West and East are, but when you need something built and armed, you can’t beat good ol’ Made in America.
The four remaining Jaegers are piloted by the father/son team who took down the Kaiju in Australia, a strong team of Russians, three Chinese brothers, and Raleigh with his new Chinese counterpart Mako. The Russians have the oldest model of Jaeger; it is built not in the fancy and advanced ways of the Chinese or the Americans, but rather it is simple and it is brutal. Much like the Russian people, the Jaeger reflects the fact that war is not a beauty pageant, it is about saving Mother Russia from her foes. Wearing Orthodox crosses, the Russian pilots later give their lives alongside of the Chinese team fighting two of the Kaiju beasts in the harbor of Hong Kong. The best qualities of these different cultures rise to the surface.
While the armed forces to fight the Kaiju are multiracial and multiethnic, it didn’t feel preachy or pushy. In the cafeteria scenes you can evaluate some degree of racial separation between soldiers and it is clear that each nation is still intact. Just as the Anti-Comintern Pact was an alliance against the threat of international Jewry by different nations and races, the global fight against the Kaiju is one based upon the threat of total extinction. Working with different groups to fight a common enemy does not need to disrupt the integrity of a nation or race as long as the importance of purity is stressed. Regional sovereignty has not been abandoned while engaged in this struggle of global proportions.
While women are involved within the military in this film, and some are engaged in combat like Mako, they aren’t shouting “grrrrl power” and humiliating the men. Much as I imagine the Finns, Russians, and Germans used women in combat during the Second World War in various respects, I can understand women being included in various forms without being necessarily anti-traditional. Just as Joan of Arc was called upon by God in moments of dire need, Mako and other women serve to help make the Jaeger program a success.
The remainder of the film is the story of the Jaeger pilots fighting the Kaiju while scientists struggle to find a way to permanently close the rift between dimensions. Throughout the course of the film there is this sense of community. As soon as the damaged Jaegers return to base, thousands of workers rush to repair them and get them back into the fight. There is no sense of superiority of the Jaeger pilots versus the workmen, just a united struggle. Just as medieval Europe had three orders of society: those who work, those who fight, and those who pray, Pacific Rim has those who work, those who fight, and those who think. Together as a community each individual is responsible for making the war effort function. The simplistic and selfish modern American worldview disappears as men are willing to give their lives without question in order to protect the innocent and ensure the survival of our civilization.
I was very impressed with Pacific Rim. While some of the dialogue was cheesy and parts of the story bogged down on occasion, the triumphant spirit of the protagonists kept me intrigued throughout. The idea of serving a cause greater than oneself and the willingness to die for that cause is rarely portrayed in our media. Even when directed by Leftists, stories about fighting for something bring out their inner Traditionalist. Just as George R. R. Martin cannot escape the lure of the monarchy and tradition in his A Song of Fire and Ice series, Pacific Rim demonstrates a traditionalist feel in many respects.
The image of strong white characters alongside their Asian allies using their intellect and bravery to overcome an attempted annihilation of humanity is powerful. Just as I personally see the ability for black nationalist organizations like the Nation of Islam, Japanese nationalists, and white activists like myself to work together against a common foe, Pacific Rim tells a story of a humanity that as Booker T. Washington would describe “united like the hand, but separate like the fingers.” There is no miscegenation in the film; even the two main characters who in most Hollywood productions would have fallen in love and kissed as the film cut to credits, remained as comrades in arms against the foe. This message is important for us as white advocates to internalize and put into action. If Commander Rockwell could work with the Nation of Islam to stand against International Jewry’s influence upon both the white and black community, there is no reason why nationalists from all circles can’t strive to maintain the integrity of their folk and traditions while stopping our opponents.