Pacific Rim Uprising

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Film review by Steve Duffy –

Set ten years after the first film, John Boyega stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.”  Jake has since 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 (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war.  As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left.  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.

Boyega does a good job of trying to carry the film, but half-way through,  I think he got tired and just didn’t care anymore.  

I hate to say it, but Scott Eastwood is a terribly actor. Well, at least in this role. His acting is so robotic that you wonder if he is a Jaeger, because whoever is controlling him is doing a horrible job.

One of the good thing about the film is that both Charlie Day and Burn Gorman are back as the crazy scientists Geiszler and Gottlieb. The best character plot of the movie belongs to Day.

Pacific Rim Uprising is a fast-paced mess that at times is extremely enjoyable but forgotten quickly.

RATING: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language

RUNTIME:  111 minutes


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