Pacific Rim: Uprising
Directed By: Steven S. DeKnight
Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Tian Jing, Jin Zhang, Adria Aronja, Rinko Kikuchi, et. al.
It’s been ten years since the breach that allowed the Kaiju to invade Earth was closed, and as the world attempts to recover, a dangerous new threat arises and once again puts everyone in danger. Fighting this threat are Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker from the first movie, Nate Lambert, and returning characters Hermann Gottlieb, Newton Geiszler, and Mako Mori, as well as a group of new cadets.
Uprising, while a decent follow-up to its predecessor, it tends to fall short on many of the points where the original succeeded. The sense of danger and urgency the original held doesn’t quite manifest in this sequel, with much of the storyline dedicated to the training of young new Jaeger pilots. The rest of the plot seems to deal with the corporatization of the Jaeger program, though it does help to introduce the villain of this particular movie, who is a human instead of a parallel-dimension entity. The actor who plays the bad guy does a good job with handling the near-schizophrenic condition they’ve given themself in the ten years between when the movies take place. The other actors do well with their roles as well. Gorman and Day have a type of childlike glee in playing their scientist characters. Boyega, who takes over as narrator/main character seems to have found his niche in sci-fi action movies between Pacific Rim and Star Wars. Eastwood seems to be one of those actors who can look comfortable in just about any role they take on, and he holds his own with the material here.
The special effects are top notch, with the Jaegers and Kaiju looking amazingly realistic. There are also plenty of explosions and fight scenes, with one Japanese city, I think Tokyo, getting nearly destroyed in the process. There’s also some displays of near-future technology.
Pacific Rim: Uprising is an okay movie. The storyline doesn’t required loads of attention, but it’s also not overly simplistic. If you liked the first movie, you’ll probably enjoy this one, even if it’s just for the popcorn quality, and you probably won’t get mad at yourself for paying the rental price, or even buying it if it’s cheap enough.
Pacific Rim: Uprising is not available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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