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While I realise the futility of looking for logic in such movies, I'd still like to know if any plausible reason was provided for why coastal walls were considered to be better than the Jaegers.

  1. Cost: How would building walls have been cheaper than Jaegers? To block a Kaiju that could run through concrete buildings like the proverbial knife through butter, the walls would have to be insanely thick and strong.
  2. Then what? Even if the Kaiju were blocked, what then?
  3. I believe that by this point, it was understood that Kaiju could evolve. How would a wall have prevented aerial Kaiju?

I don't recall any coastal batteries being shown in the scene where a Kaiju breaches a coastal wall.

I will stop here for now.

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Hmm, another of those intances where answering showed me that the question might not be as stupid as I first thought it to be. ;-) –  Napoleon Wilson Oct 7 '13 at 20:02
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Thanks, I think :) –  coleopterist Oct 7 '13 at 20:23
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Yeah, there's good plot-inconsistency questions and bad ones and this is definitely worded as the former. And it redounds to your credit immensely that you settled for the constructive version of the tag. ;-) –  Napoleon Wilson Oct 7 '13 at 20:27
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Apparently, the world leaders had not thought it through. Again! –  KeyBrd Basher Oct 8 '13 at 5:33
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You are probably right in all your points and one could easily classify the idea of this wall as stupid or a plot-inconsistency (neither do I remember any plausible reason to be given in the movie). Yet I'd say its stupidity served exactly the purpose it had to serve in the context of the movie.

It showed how desperate and, yes, stupid those bureaucrats were that cancelled the Jaeger program just because of some backlashes, only to build a wall that every reasonably-thinking human would classify as outright useless. But they were not thinking reasonably, they faced nothing less but humanity's end. It might on the very first thought make at least a small bit of sense (and is an intuitive human reaction) to build a wall as a last line of defense and this desperate and uninspired idea was the only thing they could come up with after the Jaeger program failed in their eyes. In light of a hopeless situation and mankind's guaranteed downfall, even the most stupid ideas may present at least a small bit of hope.

So yes, the idea of this wall as defense against the Kaiju is rather implausible, but on the other hand I think that's exactly how it was intended to appear, to emphasize the desperation and lack of further ideas of humanity in the presence of the Kaiju danger. And it may also have served to strengthen the audience's reliance on the Jaeger's to be successful, seeing that they are humanity's only reasonable hope left.

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Thank you and well done on piecing together an explanation which holds up as well as it does. I agree that the wall is … functional as a device. However, IMO, playing up the differences between the newer and superior Jaeger models (with the EMP Achilles heels) against the older nuke powered models would have worked out more logically. –  coleopterist Oct 7 '13 at 20:39
    
@coleopterist Not sure if it could transport the same message of hopelessnes and uninspiredness (is that a word?). And for me this difference wasn't much more logical than this idiot wall anyway. You telling me there isn't a single electronic circuit in those older Jaegers? Yeah, right! ;-) –  Napoleon Wilson Oct 7 '13 at 20:41
    
@coleopterist As to the edit, it's a relative clause refering to the bureaucrats themselves. –  Napoleon Wilson Oct 7 '13 at 20:43
    
It's all steam-powered. I'm sure of it :) –  coleopterist Oct 7 '13 at 20:57
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I would like to offer an alternative suggestion which gives the governments a little more tactical intelligence.

The film established that the kaiju were coming through more and more frequently. What started as every six months was rapidly becoming a matter of days - during the course of the film we saw the first double and triple events. In addition by this point the Jaegers were not winning every fight, lets assume that each side took roughly equal losses.

Striker Eureka was reputed to cost $100 billion dollars. If the rangers were losing a Jaeger every week and then every few days it's simply not possible to create Jaegers at the rate they're being lost!

We know the Kaiju originate from the pacific ocean, there's also significant evidence that they're much less adapted to life on land (just look at their underwater speeds against their ones on land).

By pulling the population back into the middle of the continents and drawing the Kaiju onto land. They would have a lot more time and opportunity to fire nuclear weapons at them (which was the pre-jaeger approach). This is a much more sustainable defence than spending hundreds of billions of dollars a day to defend the coastal cities.

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+1 for a nice explanation, even though the walls idea remains unsalvageable. :-) –  Vedran Šego Feb 5 at 18:28
    
@VedranŠego - I'm not saying it was a good idea! –  Liath Feb 5 at 19:05
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I think there is also a psychological extension to the response provided above by Napoleon Wilson in relation to the desperate decisions being made by the world governments at that time, ie the end of the world. There is a certain amount of reassurance that is provided by having something to put between you and the 'other', the outside world.

In this case, the idea of big bugger off massive wall is something that has been used successfully in history (the great wall of china http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China and also hadrians wall in england http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrians_Wall as 2 examples). They allow a definate defensive line to be drawn and are also a psychologically motivating device.

At a time when a lot of hope seemed to be loss, a big wall to keep things on the outside may have been seen as a good idea.

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It was a Political Decision- didn't have to make sense.

Their Scientists probably argued that any creature bigger than Category 2 would cave in under its own weight.

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