Pacific Rim: Uprising
Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.
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June 07, 2018 at 06:24 AM
For If You Like Giant Mechs and Monsters...
There are a lot of poor reviews on here from people expecting some high class masterpiece of emotion and intrigue it would seem. If you saw the first film or the trailer for this one and didn't expect PR: Uprising to be a big, dumb, loud battle royale then you're an idiot.
For those who DID enjoy the first film or who are fans of giant monster movies, humongous mechas, and Power Rangers in general you're probably going to find this film quite the trip.
While it does take some time to get going and makes several leaps of logic it is extremely entertaining and a highly serviceable continuation of the original, featuring some much improved Jaegers and a final battle that will absolutely blow you away.
Yes, it's stupid and fast paced, but so was the first and that was made by the great Del Toro, who's fingerprints are still very much all over this film if you look hard enough; just look at the names alone!
Just watch the film, turn off your brain and enjoy the ride. You'll thank me later...
Written and directed by Kaiju
A sequel to a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters. What was expected? Bigger robots fighting bigger monsters. The same thing with little tweaks - as most sequels do. What we got?
A product. A film generated by an AI. I wasn't there, but I assume it went something like this. The first meeting of the creators of this movie follows.
Ok, Google, what do modern kids like?
1. Robots (Transformers)
2. Scary cool monsters
3. Robots fighting monsters
4. Robots fighting robots
5. Memes from 2009 (Trololo sing) really? + memes from 2017 (the salt).
6. Horribly executed kid rebel subplots (Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Hunger games whatever)
8. Forced drama?
9. Bad jokes?
Ok, let's take The Independence Day Resurgence's basic plot and fail miserably at everything. Done.
In other words, there is nothing in this movie besides action scenes. The plot lives on its own, there are no characters, and even their substitutes are completely disconnected from the dead plot. Nothing they do matter, it just follows typical cliches until the end. It even gets confusing at some point, but then you see the light at the end of the tunnel. It rushes the ending knowing that by this point nobody cares.
All the dialogue is cringe-worthy. Most of the actors are just having fun knowing that there's no need to get invested into anything here. Sadly, Scott Eastwood's face is stuck in one emotion and is unable to display anything else.
CGI crews did a good job, I guess. Looks fine. There's even one creative action scene involving buildings. Other than that the action is generic, even IMAX can't make it feel better. Maybe it would've been more impressive but the overabundance of CGI city destruction in modern blockbusters seriously lowers the threshold for getting impressed by CGI.
I'd compare this to a long video game cut-scene, but modern games have more character development and creative visuals in their cut-scenes. For instance, pretty much all Blizzard cut-scenes are visual masterpieces.
Final verdict: not entertaining on the big screen and a total waste of time for home viewing.
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Improved fight sequences; everything else is a disappointment
Ten years after Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) helped close the breach in the Pacific Ocean, his son Jake Pentecost (John Boyega)returns to the Pan Pacific Defense Corps to help train a new crop of Jaeger cadets in case the Kaiju return.
Our take: Don't waste your time.
Post credit scene? There is a "beginning of credits" scene.
If you haven't seen the first one, don't worry this movie gives you a quick recap in the first 60 seconds. At the same time, if you haven't seen the first one, watch it instead of these 111 minutes of giant "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em" robots.
The first movie was not without its faults, but at least it was watchable. This sequel has none of the heart, emotion or intrigue that the first one had.
What made the original film exciting and interesting was the newness of it all. It was a new take on the Kaiju genre. It was a new and interesting way to utilize giant robots. The aliens were cool. The doomsday anticipation was intense. The talent was impressive - Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Hunnam (as Mako Mori and Raleigh Becket respectively) were strong in their roles and helped viewers ignore any missteps the film made. And sadly, no sequel was ever going to be able to capture any of those things in the same manner. Even so, we expected more than the bad writing, hanging plot points, and poorly-developed characters and lackluster relationships that we got.
Boyega is fairly believable as Elba's offspring - except for the fact that the character came literally out of nowhere. And while otherwise there's generally nothing wrong with his portrayal and he's decently charming, he alone does not have the Elba charm to carry a film surrounded by weak castmembers.
Scott Eastwood (as Nate Lambert) is nothing more than a pretty face in the film. He doesn't fit his role as a soldier and commander and certainly doesn't play well off of Boyega in the role of frenemy/buddy. But the lack of chemistry doesn't stop there. Cailee Spaeny is quite impressive in her debut role as Amara Namani, yet the character ultimately falls flat due to the same lack of chemistry with Boyega. Her storyline basically amounts to a poorly copied reiteration of Mako's story from the original without any of the heart. And while the rest of the teen actors aren't necessarily bad, they are also not utilized much in the film, have zero backstories or character development and ultimately serve as nothing more than plot devices needed to drive robots. Even Charlie Day (as Dr. Newton Geiszler) failed to impress.
There is one improvement from the first film and it is the cinematography. The fight scenes are beautiful to watch and are masterfully staged. Yet, without a half-decent plot, coherent dialogue or emotional stakes, they aren't worth the two minutes of occasional thrill. On top of that, this is the first film where we can actively say the sound mixing is genuinely treacherous - while the dialogue was nothing to write home about, we did want to hear it and that was made virtually impossible half of the time.
Featuring: A female character that has no purpose except to facilitate an unnecessary love triangle that isn't even explored.