Cert: 12A Runtime: 111 mins Director: Steven S.DeKnight Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman, Tian Jing, Riko Kikuchi and Charlie Day
Fire everything you’ve got!
The sequel that nobody asked for arrived in cinemas a few weeks ago, Guillermo Del Toro’s original was a film I adored. It was gritty, different and it had style! Once I saw the first trailer of Uprising, you could see how it didn’t have the same aesthetic as the Del Toro one. But it is Steven S.DeKnight’s directorial debut (He wrote a lot of Buffy episodes so he deserves your attention). So what is Pacific Rim: Uprising about you ask? Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous ‘Kaiju’. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.
Pacific Rim Uprising is a fun and dumb kind of movie. The beginning is slow and I found myself waiting for the cliched story to be over so I could enjoy the amazing action battles. And the massive action scenes were very enjoyable, entire cities destroyed, bad ass robots fighting giant alien creatures while smashing into skyscrapers. I enjoyed all of that thoroughly and the last half of the film was chock full of visually pleasing action. But nearly everything other than that was either average, sup-par, or cliched. The story, many aspects have been done before and now have become cliches. Son of the greatest fighter also shows much potential but gets kicked out for being a maverick, only to return wen the agency needs a maverick, and will he live up to his fathers ultimate service. I’ve seen this over and over again and felt no interest in the framing story. The acting was a combination of averagely good acting combined with some not so good acting. A fun yet forgettable time at the cinema.