Pacific Rim and How It Can Be Used As a Way to Show How Empathy Betters our Society

David Huynh


21st Century Expression

December 16, 2015

Like every other piece of science fiction we have studied this semester, Pacific Rim has man important messages that can be related to society today. Specifically, Pacific Rim is able to show us that togetherness rather than individualism is the source that can power us through times of trouble.

The movie is able to show us how the struggle between good versus equal exists      and how it can be overcome. In the movie Jaegers fight against Kaijus, which are creatures cloned by an alien race. Jaegers are robots that are built to fight against these creatures. Within the introduction of the movie, it showed that these Jaegers were only possible because the world came together in order to pool their resources and create them. It was a collaboration between the world to save these creatures. In addition, it saved the world from the Kaiju blood which was having environmental impacts. This is a very good parallel to current situations in the world with climate warming and how the United Nations along with other countries must come together to pool their resources and fight this form of evil in the world.

In addition, the movie shows togetherness is a strong trait by demonstrating how the machines are operated. The machines are only operated if two people are drift compatible and are able to work together. The drifting allows two people two share each other’s memories and feel each other’s memories deeply. This is seen between both Raleigh and his brother as well as Raleigh and Mako. In fact, the memory sharing between Raleigh and Mako is shown to be so powerful that it almost overwhelms the both of them and causes the Kaiju to cause destruction. However, they are able to overcome this by having such a strong bond together. This shows that human bonds are the most powerful thing to overcome evil. This evil can be many things in the world, but more specifically hate. Hate against many things such as racial, sexual, and cultural differences between societies and individuals. The only way that we are able to overcome such things is to realize that human bonds is what keeps us together just as drifting demonstrates in the movie.

Finally, togetherness is seen a powerful factor when Marshall Stacker Pentecost makes his speech at the end of the movie where he claims that tonight that they end the apocalypse. Once again, this apocalypse can be seen as hate in many forms in our current society and the evil that will overcome us. He states that that night, no individual will stand alone, but together they will be able to end the apocalypse. This is a clear and direct example of how individualism alone will not be able to save our society.

Pacific Rim does a great job of explaining many themes throughout the movie. Most importantly, what we should take away is that our ability to stick together and be empathetic towards each other will help us fight our own modern fight against the evils in the world.


Works Cited

Pacific Rim. Dir. Guillermo Del Toro. Perf. Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, and Idris Elba. Legendary Pictures, 2013. Film.



Orleans (235-324)

“I don’t take long saying good-bye ’cause it hurt. Like Daddy say: Run Fen, and don’t look back. So I don’t. Even when Baby Girl starts to fuss and be crying, I keep walking. Father John takes the chains off the doors, now that the sun be fixing to rise. Baby Girl wailing for all she worth. She ain’t used to Father John. She ain’t used nobody but me. Then I hear him start humming to her, a real old song he used to play when we been here long ago. He a good man. She gonna be all right with him. I shut the door behind me.” (Smith 303)


This shows the extreme bond  that Fen has with her daughter. She wants to keep her but she can’t because she has no tribe and no home. Her daughter is infected. This shows that heart-breaking decision that Fen has to go through as a mother to leave her daughter behind. A bond between a mother and child is very strong but she has no choice but to leave her baby behind. To her, leaving her child behind hurts a lot. There is a lot of crying by the child and all she wants to do is take care of her, but she has to choose to keep walking. In fact, Fen recalls on her own relationship with her father to help her through. She recalls her father saying to keep walking and not look back, and she uses this to help her heal the pain.

We can also see that Father John is the best person to take care of this child. It provides a little comfort for Fen. She hears him humming to her to calm her down. Even Fen starts to realize that leaving Baby Girl with Father John is the best thing to do and that “She gonna be all right with him” (Smith 303).

Finally, there is a significance about the fact that the sun rising and the fact that this scene occurs in the church. Both of these facts help show that there is a chance of rebirth for the child. The church is a very sacred place and by leaving her there, Fen gives her a pure start to her life. In addition, as she is leaving the sun is rising. This shows that dawn is now here and that the baby is  going to have her best chance of life in this church.

This scene is very important at illustrating Fen’s struggle to leave her baby behind, but also helps show the start of a new life that the child now has.