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Pacific Rim is a rollicking action movie about giant robots punching monsters in the face. When Raleigh meets Mako, it's pretty obvious that she's a fan. He's the first person to insist that she needs to be given her shot and. Raleigh is to Pacific Rim as Nick Carraway is to The Great Gatsby: He's a When we first meet her, she is hidden under a coat and large umbrella, conflict with Stacker, and how Stacker needs to learn to respect Mako as an. Mako Mori (森マコ Mori Mako) is the adopted daughter of Stacker Pentecost and Chuck confronts Raleigh and Mako outside of Pentecost's office after a meeting with He continues when Raleigh holds her back, calls them bitches who need.
The film slowly pulls back the layers of Mako, revealing them to the audience, making the development and exploration of her character necessary work toward getting her in a jaeger and achieving the goal of finally defeating the kaiju. Mako and Stacker are two characters who must come to difficult decisions over the course of the film. Raleigh has no questions about what he needs to do from the moment Stacker comes to take him away from the wall.
Raleigh is a catalyst for this conflict, pushing it toward resolution. Raleigh may push for Mako to be given a chance, or for Stacker to change his mind, but his words are not the most important actions. Consider the other side of this argument. What does support Raleigh as a protagonist? However, all it takes is one quick speech from Marshall Pentecost to get him back in the game. While Raleigh may make the final, decisive actions of the battle, the themes of the film center around the idea of cooperation being stronger than individual effort.
This film weaves the theme of cooperation over isolation into almost every major beat. Jaegers need two, mentally linked pilots. Kaiju are more deadly because of their hive mind. Each new one has learned from the experiences of the kaiju before it.
When Raleigh is working on the wall, the stakes for the workers are on an individual basis instead of focused on a greater victory for all.
Instead of the foreman talking about how this wall will protect people, he says that if they do this work, they can earn individual ration cards for themselves. He works at the highest and most dangerous parts of the wall for the most Ration Cards. Stacker offers Raleigh an opportunity to rejoin the PPDC, but Raleigh rejects the offer, unwilling to bond with another pilot after the death of his brother.
Stacker presses the issue, this time appealing to his pride, and asks him where he would prefer to die.
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Raleigh returns to the Hong Kong Shatterdome with Stacker, and meets his adopted daughter, Mako Mori - the woman responsible for the restoration of Gipsy Danger. Mako, assuming Raleigh does not speak Japanese, remarks to Stacker that he isn't what he wasn't she was expecting. Raleigh asks her if his impression upon is good or bad in Japanese, and Mako apologetically compliments his record as a Ranger. Newton immediately offends Raleigh when he begins gushing about the Kaiju, and Hermann apologizes on his partner's behalf.
Raleigh assures Newton that he never wants to come face-to-face with a Kaiju as he so purports, and departs. Inside the Shatterdome, Stacker reintroduces Raleigh to the inner-workings of the Shatterdome, and the surviving Jeagers and their pilots. Stacker also reintroduces him to Herc, who he worked with once in Manila. When Raleigh asks how Stacker intends to attack the Breach, given how previous attempts failed.
Stacker assures him that the new plan to attack the Breach will work with the help of the Russian Jaeger pilots, Sasha and Aleksis Kaidonovskywho could procure anything for them. Mako shows Raleigh to his room and he queries her about her desire to become a pilot when she admits that she is not among the candidates chosen to be his co-pilot.
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Mako expresses that she doesn't think he's fit to carry out the mission with the rest of the pilots because of his recklessness. Raleigh accepts her honestly, and tells her he's still living with the consequences of his actions.
During the tryouts, Raleigh beats every single cadet that he is pitted against. However, Mako criticizes his performance, considering it less than acceptable. His pride bruised, Raleigh challenges Mako to fight him, taunting both Stacker and Mako when Stacker rejects the challenge initially. Stacker obliges Raleigh's challenge and allows Mako to spar with Raleigh. Mako and Raleigh are evenly matched during their fight until Mako gains the upper-hand and catches Raleigh in a leg lock.
Raleigh decides that Mako should be his co-pilot. Howeer, despite her performance, Stacker continues to refuse to allow Mako to pilot a Jaeger.
After she leaves the Kwoon Combat RoomRaleigh catches up to her and tries to get Mako to go against Stacker's orders when he realizes they are drift comparable. Mako, appreciative of Raleigh's support, chooses not to go against Stacker out of respect, but Raleigh sees it simply as her obeying his word.
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In the mess hall, Raleigh encounters Herc Hansen and his son Chuck. Though he tries to make friends with them, Chuck antagonizes him, making it clear that he considers his previous failures one of the reasons why the Jaeger Program failured.
When the neural handshake is established between them, Raleigh and Mako learn to work together controlling Gipsy Danger. During the test, Raleigh's mind wanders and he relieves the memory of his brother's death. Losing focus throws him out of alignment with Mako. Raleigh rights himself, but Mako gets lost in the Drift and begins to relieve the memory of Onibaba 's attack on Tokyo.