Jake, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju, 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, who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale. Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight under Universal Pictures.
Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, Zhang Jin, Charlie Day, Dustin Clare, Karan Brar, Nick Tarabay, Levi Meaden, Rahart Adams, Jaime Slater, Bridger Zadina
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction
WHAT I LIKE?
Pacific Rim Uprising delivers the same brand of thrills and action you loved from a Jaeger-Kaiju battle. As expected, it is as big as its monstrous masterpiece. If you are looking for the same exact entertainment from its predecessors, Uprising won’t disappoint an inch. What I like about the 2nd installment is its faithfulness to honor the first one in terms of plot and character development. Despite references from the first one, Pacific Rim Uprising stood out with a very interesting twist. Moreover, the action sequences are still huge this time. Visual effects are still top-notch and impressive. Its similar to Transformers in terms of feels. The second half of the movie got me actually. With forgivable cinematic flaws, Pacific Rim Uprising is still a good movie to watch.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
I really don’t like the first half of the film. I find the storytelling to be lame and lackluster. It somehow failed to establish and pick-up momentum from the first installment. Also, I didn’t like the casting. Some of the characters were actually bad. Given the weak character build-up, some of the characters were merely props at some point in the movie. The twists were okay but others are a bit predictable. Remove the amazing special effects and battle scenes and all that’s left is an empty can. I am 50-50 for a 3rd installment. Neverthless, I still enjoyed it.
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