I mustn't run away, I mustn't run away
There can be no doubt that Guillermo Del Toro is a huge fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion. His latest epic (and they keep getting more and more epic for this director, though he oscillates between those and smaller features) draws broadly and heavily from the anime classic. Let's not mince words: it's a straight-up love letter. Where many homages turn into something less than the thing they were inspired by, Pacific Rim manages to walk the rope with skill - until it eventually plummets off.