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We thought we were safe again - We thought wrong.
Pacific Rim - Uprising Is a 2018 science fiction / action / adventure movie, created as a sequel to the 2013 film Pacific Rim. John Boyega (Star Wars - The force awakens, Star Wars - The last Jedi) takes over the lead role in the movie from Edris Elba starring as Jake Pentecost, Son of fallen hero Stacker Pentecost. Also filling out the front row are Scott Eastwood (yes, the son of Clint Eastwood) as Nate Lambert, and Cailee Spaeny joins as young Jaeger pilot Amara Namani. Burn Gorman and Charlie Day return from the previous movie as slightly eccentric doctors Dr. Hermann Gottlieb and Dr. Newton Geiszler. Rinko Kikuchi has a cameo appearance as Mako Mori, Pentecost’s sister. The budget for the movie was estimated to be around $150 million.
Ten years after the defeat of the Kaiju’s attempted invasion of the planet earth, things have finally started to return to some resemblance of normalcy. Jaeger robots are the weapon for choice for the defense of the planet, and finding pilots to operate them is now a top priority. Although Stacker Pentecost is remembered as a hero, his son Jake has dropped out of the Jaeger program and spends his time stealing old jaeger technology for people wanting to build their own robots. While raiding an old army base, he bumps heads with Amara Namani, another thief with her own jaeger called ‘Scrapper’. The two are captured by the base security and given a choice, join the jaeger program or face some jail time. Jake and Amara form an unlikely friendship while training and Jake helps her to bond with the other young jaeger operators. Things are not going well for the Jaeger Core, a private consortium have built their own fleet of fully automated drone jaegers, and are looking to put the pilots out of business for good. Also, there is an attack on the base by a rogue jaeger, which seemingly disappears without a trace. Where did this robot come from? Are the Kaiju back? If so, will the people of planet Earth be able to withstand another onslaught? Will bad ass robots be enough this time around?
Once in a while, there comes a movie that never needs a sequel. The first Pacific Rim was definitely one of those. It already had everything get needed, giant robots fighting a lot of monsters, the fate of the world in danger - similar to a Godzilla movie. I am not saying that Pacific Rim - Uprising is a terrible movie. It's great if you think of it as one of those Saturday afternoon movies that kids like to watch, something along the lines of Power Rangers, etc. A good 40 minutes or more is spent on explaining the main characters, this is far too long. They could have just done the explanation during the movie itself, and devoted more time to the most important parts of the movie - giant monsters and giant robots. The second half of the film does get better, but still suffers from Power Rangers syndrome. This time around, the jaeger pilots are all young teenagers, with hardly an adult in sight. I don't know if this was to try to encourage younger moviegoers to see the film, but in my view didn't work. On the plus side, the special effects for the robots and monsters are equally as good as the first film. Whereas in the first film the robots seem to be equipped with a myriad of weaponry, the sequel seems to contain a lot of swords. There is a nice unexpected twist in the middle of the movie; I don't think anybody would be able to see it coming. The two crazy scientists from the first movie feature a lot more in the second one, providing a bit of comic relief. They left an opening for a third movie, I hope they think very hard about whether there is a need for another one, and if so think more like the previous movie. So, should you see it? If you’re a fan of the first movie, don’t expect too much of this sequel and you’ll be just fine. If you’re thinking of Saturday afternoon action movies when you were younger, you’ll probably enjoy it a lot more. Time for more microwave popcorn and soda!
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