Review: ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’

I’ll keep this one short as there really isn’t anything of note to see here. Ten years after the original, the Kaiju return somehow and it’s up to Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) to lead a group of recruits to save the entire world. The plot is honestly the most baffling and boring one I’ve seen all year. As it goes on, you lose track of how everything is happening. The films brushes over pretty massive reveals and character development is non-existent. Honestly, when we get to the final battle I couldn’t name nearly all of those involved.

‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ reminds me how pants (blockbusters) tend to be now.  

Speaking of the final battle, as the film waffled on, I kept thinking, “right, the final act will at least be somewhat entertaining”. I was wrong. Due to a lack of investment in any of the characters (except for Boyega’s Pentecost who is somewhat appealing) and the fact that once you see the first fight, it’s just more of the same with added jaeger’s (they are, in simple terms, big robots). The effects are good, but the spectacle just falls flat throughout.

I said recently that ‘Ready Player One’ reminded me of how good blockbusters used to be. ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ reminds me how pants they tend to be now. The film’s poster tells you to “Rise Up”, I didn’t realise it meant out of my seat and out of the screening. Honestly, I don’t even recall the second jaeger on the poster being in the film at all. While my expectations weren’t high, this was a crushing disappointment and as I wrote this review I found myself hating it more and more.


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