Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)


Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat. (IMDb)
For a big action sci-fi, the robot vs. monster scenes are probably actually the worst part thanks to lackluster CGI and repetitive fights. Normally this would be fatal for a film of this ilk, but the plot, while not amazing, has its moments (see the effective opening world set-up, sinister Shao Corp. and twist), and I actually liked the character work this time around: Boyega’s engaging central turn makes for a likable lead and wild-eyed Newt and newbie Amara are notable supporting characters.
6.5/10 (Alright)

Pacific Rim (2013)

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. (IMDb)
The film does a good job at getting you immersed in its future world, with engaging plot-speak (aside from an eye-roll-inducing speech before the final battle) and great and huge alien vs. robot fight/destruction sequences throughout. Unfortunately, none of the human characters are particularly interesting–with the exception of the comedy-relief scientists–and the plot also feels thin, but with its entertaining action and slick setting, the movie is still an exciting and fun watch.
6.5/10 (Alright)