John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) 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 Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer 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.
What We Thought:
Pacific Rim Uprising is pretty disappointing. I thought it was childish and offensive to people with a brain in their heads. It’s a combination of so many other films like Transformers and Power Rangers.
The leads of the first film don’t return. Instead we get John Boyega as Idris Elba’s son. Elba’s character dies in the original movie and never once mentions having a son. He had an adopted Asian daughter (who returns for the sequel), but at no point is a son in the picture. This sequel barely answers where Boyega’s character comes from. I wish that was my only issue with the film, it’s not.
This time around they go with the diverse set of younger characters. They are all itching for a fight. There’s the cold-hearted Russian. The Asian. The Middle Eastern/Indian looking one. The new lead is an orphan girl who’s great with technology! Wow how original! Wasn’t that the exact character opposite Mark Wahlberg in the last Transformers flick? I believe it was. They took a look at Power Rangers and pretty much decided to have all the same characters.
Another issue is you will see almost everything coming a mile away. There is a bad guy and the film wants you to believe it’s one person but it’s clearly not. You know the new girl who built her own robot will help save the day. You know Boyega and Scott Eastwood will butt heads. You know the Russian girl won’t like the new girl. You know everything well before it happens.
Pacific Rim didn’t go gangbusters in the US but did well overseas. Well enough to get this sequel. Pacific Rim Uprising will have to go huge in Asia for the franchise to continue. It’s geared towards a much younger crowd who likes seeing robots giving the finger to monsters because you know, the finger is still so rebellious! The finger! Can you tell I did a lot of eye rolling at the movie? I was hoping to like this because I liked the first, but unfortunately this is a major step backwards. Oh well.