Movie Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

Starring: John Boyega, Cailee Spaeny and Charlie Day

Directed by: Steven S. DeKnight

10 years after the war against the kaiju ended with many places still left in ruin comes a new threat from the kaiju monsters. Jake Pentecost, son of war hero Stacker Pentecost, unites with Mako Mori to train a new batch of cadets to battle the giant monsters.

The original Pacific Rim came out around five years ago and it was a movie that I really enjoyed. The concept was great and the execution was equally as good. The dynamics of Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam were great and they played very likeable characters for different reasons. I’ve seen many of reviews already on Pacific Rim: Uprising which criticise the poor script and acting but you’re never going to get Oscar worthy acting or script writing from a movie like this. This movie is all about the fantastic visuals, great fight scenes and switch your mind off entertainment which delivered impeccably on all three fronts.

John Boyega stars as Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker who was the hero of the previous kaiju war as he sealed the breach but sacrificed his own life in doing so. So many great things were expected of him but he rebelled and became problematic more than anything else despite possessing so much talent and potential to be a Jaeger pilot. He along with teenager Amara get caught stealing and piloting a homemade Jaeger and he gets a choice, prison or to help the latest crop of Jaeger cadets hone their craft, inevitably choosing the latter. With a giant tech company releasing a prototype drone operated Jaeger, essentially putting pilots out of a job the threat of a kaiju reappearance becomes too real as another breach along the Pacific Rim happens. With a crew of little experience Jake has to become his father, the leader, and defeat the biggest kaiju monster ever faced in order to save the world once again.

John Boyega puts on an incredibly charismatic display and is completely believable as the son of Idris Elba. Only problem with him in the movie was that a lot of his funny one liners failed to hit their mark and received little to no response from the audience in the cinema. His Jaeger co-pilot, Nate Lambert, played by Scott Eastwood was very unimpressive in comparison to Boyega and didn’t seem to fit the role as the tough guy he was meant to be.

As mentioned previously this movie is the type of entertainment that you don’t really have to think that hard to follow the plot, you simply switch off, relax and enjoy. The visuals were tremendous and the fight scenes between the team of Jaegers and kaijus were incredible, better than the first movie’s fight scenes for sure. While the story was a little slow to get going, once it did it was very enthralling and action packed.

I still prefer the first movie overall but as far as sequels go, Pacific Rim: Uprising was a pretty darn good one.


2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

  1. I still need to check this out, from the trailers I get a sense that the action scenes are more like transforms rather the previous Pacific Rim. Does it play out like that in the film and if so what are your thoughts on the difference in fight scene styles?

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    1. Yeah it’s a bit reminiscent of Transformers and even Power Rangers to a certain extent but they are still entertaining enough not to mind all that much. The first one overall is better for characters, action and story though


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