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'Pacific Rim Uprising' Review

Pacific Rim: Uprising is a 2018 science fiction film directed by Steven S. DeKnight (in his feature film directorial debut), and written by DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin. It is the sequel to the 2013 film Pacific Rim, with Guillermo del Toro, the director of the original, serving as a producer. The sequel stars John Boyega (also making his producer debut), as well as Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Adria Arjona, and Zhang Jin, with Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman returning from the original film.

Jake Pentecost is 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 cities and bring the world to its knees, Jake is given one last chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori, to live up to his father's legacy.

Just another day and another sequel. Pacific Rim Uprising was just another sequel. I didn't think this film would be great, so I wasn't disappointed. In fact it was a lot better than I expected. It wasn't great and they made a lot of questionable decisions, but compared to all the other sequels this was one of the few that was actually decent.

Again this film wasn't great and if you compare it to the original it's a no contest, but I thought it was better than most of the Transformer films. They got the fundamentals right. That's something that most sequels throw out the window, but the filmmakers and writers understood what made the original so special.

Again they did make some questionable decisions. The original Pacific Rim worked really well as a authentic futuristic war film. However this one is a full blown action comedy, and it really seemed like it was targeted for a much younger audience. Of course I wasn't the biggest fan of this, but I thought they did an OK job.

Again this isn't a great film. The story wasn't the best, and not all the jokes worked, but I thought the visuals were solid and the action scene were great.

Pacific Rim Uprising is not the best film in the world, but also not the worst.

I thought the acting was solid. I really enjoyed John Boyega and Cailee Spaeny. I thought they had great chemistry together. I also enjoyed Scott Eastwood, and I through he and John Boyega were great together.

I thought the cast as a whole did a solid job. No one really felt out of place. It wasn't extraordinary or Oscar worthy, but I think for a fun action film about giant robots it was fine.

The story of Pacific Rim Uprising by itself wasn't the best, but add in the action and it balances out good enough.

Not all of the new characters get developed. John Boyega and Cailee Spaeny do get enough development that I date enough about them towards the end film, but the rest hardly get any. In a film like this I definitely didn't expect the most thought out characters, but I wouldn't have mind a little more.

After the first 20 minutes or so the film does get a little slow, and it doesn't really pick back up for a while. I also noticed that a few scenes here were very close to the original. In fact (spoiler ahead) the scene were John Boyega and Cailee Spaeny character's get in a Jaeger and drift for this time she gets lost in her memories. That scene was entirely recycled from the original.

I did have a little problem with the comedy. Not all the jokes landed (which is normal for any comedy), and at times it felt like the comedy got in the way of the plot. In particular the way the villain was handled. I thought the villain was good at first, but the comedy really got in the way of the character. At first he's interesting and a little threatening, but as the film goes along he kinda becomes the comic relief. I just didn't think that was the best decision.

Again the story and plot is not perfect, but I did think it was good enough to pass the time until the action came.

As a whole I thought Pacific Rim Uprising was fine. It was nothing special, but it defiantly had it's moments. The visuals and CGI both looked amazing.

Again the story and plot wasn't the best, but altogether I thought Pacific Rim Uprising was a fun film.

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