Let's be honest, I'd guessed how bad this film was likely to be simply by reading the DVD case (£3 from Sainsbury's). With a title and plot achingly close to the upcoming `Pacific Rim', it's clear this is another attempt by the company behind several films like this to make some money off the back of a much more famous film.
In summary, they probably spent more money on the 'Pacific Rim' trailer I saw at the cinema than on this film. Honestly, no effort has been spared cutting corners:
Plot - just lift the Pacific Rim one. Why it allegedly took three people to write this is beyond me.
Special/visual effects - ha! What CGI there is would look embarrassing in a SyFy channel film. The three giant robots are identical except for some coloured panels to differentiate them. Ditto the 'bridge' where the robot pilot sit - identical sets with different coloured lighting.
Location shooting - see the bar that was on fire earlier in the film show up in Manhattan! See stock shots of New York give way to low-rise beach-front properties when there's any action.
Props - I'm still wondering what the pilots of the giant robots/mini-subs sit on. No sign of a seat back, arm rests or even a restraint harness. I'm left feeling they're sitting on a stool or even standing up! Look out for the state-of-the-art jet fighter with a pilot in an ill-fitting, much older, pilot helmet behind what looks like the windshield of a light plane.
Exposition - tons of this. Actors spend an awful lot of time looking at screens or off camera describing action that would be too costly to show. When a screen is shown, it's often full of gibberish or fancy coloured shapes. When it does have something, it's often pointless - why does the mini-sub (supposedly in the Gulf of Mexico) have a radar screen showing the land masses of the world with the centre-point of the radar sweep somewhere in Africa?
Acting - basic. Some attempts at emotional scenes, but these either don't get developed or are illogical. As with other films in this genre, most of the 'soldiers' are extras in whatever ill-fitting uniforms were available in the wardrobe department, inexpertly carrying/using whatever guns hadn't fallen apart since the last film.
Actors - Graham Greene (SyFy's Defiance) is the only actor I recognise and must have needed the money. A sock puppet could have delivered his predictable military gung-ho dialogue and no-one would have spotted the difference. The rest made even less impression on me.
Dialogue - Awful. Some of it even worse than that.
Logic - little or none. Is a scared 11-year old likely to be found cowering behind a bar on the first floor of a drinking establishment that's supposedly on fire? BTW - see if you can actually spot many flames during this sequence. Why are the `soldiers' sent to evacuate Manhattan (in broad daylight) wearing black paint on their faces?
In short - this film does exactly what it says on the tin. 84 minutes of rock-bottom, TV-movie, cheap 'entertainment'.