Pacific Rim: Uprising Review

Fellow movie-goers: Great action but not much story, was loads of fun anyway.
4 Plot: Very thin, almost non-exsistent
8 Acting: The principle cast does a pretty good job.
6 Directing: Director DeKnight replaces Del Toro, and it shows.
10 Cinematography: Awesome action shots.
9 Pacing: Because it was mostly action, it is never boring.

Here’s the premise: 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.

Director Steven S. DeKnight takes over the helm replacing Guillermo Del Toro and you can tell the difference. I have no problem with the action, it was fun as always and bigger than life, just like I like it. My issue and pretty much my only issue with the movie is the plot is pretty thin, almost non-existent. There are a few “typical” Hollywood plots that are used, “young inexperienced pilot gets in trouble and now works as a real pilot” and the “son of a famous pilot that tries not to follow in his Father’s footsteps but does” storylines.

As far as the acting, John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny are pretty awesome, although there are times the acting feels flat but that does not take away from the fun.

I recommend the film, but maybe for more of a matinee, but it does need to be seen on the big screen to appreciate the battle scenes.

Russell Lockhart


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