I don’t think anyone in their right mind is gonna walk in to Pacific Rim: Uprising expecting a masterpiece. If you’re like me, then you will walk into this movie expecting some awesome robot on monster action. Which the movie definitely delivers, in its last 15 mins. The road getting there though is boring, poorly executed, and just overly confusing.
The movie stars John Boyega as the son of Idris Elbas character in the first movie and he’s playing a John Boyega type of character in the way only John Boyega can. The movie really does rely on him to carry it to the end as it spends no time establishing any other characters outside of their stereotypical archetypes. There were opportunities to expand the world and mythos of this franchise but the movie just feels like a retread of the first, only this time the plot is too complicated to follow.
Complicated is not always a bad thing but in a movie where the gimmick is robots fighting monsters, complicated really translates to poorly written and dumb. The two bumbling scientists are back from the first movie and are even more annoying this time around. The movie makes a choice with one of them that had me shaking my head till the very end because you just don’t buy it at all.
But forget plot, hows the action? That’s what everyone is coming for. Well… let’s just say you can definitely tell Guillermo del Toro did not direct this movie. The action lacks the wide angle shots or sense of scale that were present in the first movie and while its still fun to watch its definitely not as Epic as the first movie. It also doesn’t help that the characters are so weak that you don’t care about them while they are fighting.
I know It seems like I tore this movie apart, but it is a fun dumb movie. It reminds me of the transformers movies without the complete butchering of characters we love. What you get is some solid action scenes with a charming lead character and a very messy plot. If that’s enough for you then it might be worth a watch this weekend.
“Fire Everything You’ve got!”