Pacific Rim Uprising
The Critique – Issue #1
Ever since the debut of Guillermo del Toro‘s 2013 blockbuster Pacific Rim, I have been actively awaiting its sequel. I loved the original. The design was impressive, the story was unique (to an extent), and the action jumped off the screen. That being said, I did not go into the movie expecting an Academy Award winning film, I just expected robots vs. monsters with a little bit of story. I got exactly what I expected. The trailers excited me, the posters inspired me, and the concept was intriguing. I could not wait to see it. Now, even 5 years later, it is still one of my favorite “time-killing” movies to watch. So I think it goes without saying, I could not wait to see the sequel,
Pacific Rim Uprising
The film is rated at PG-13, and has a runtime of 110 minutes. Directed and written by Steven S. Deknight, along with T.S. Nowlin. Screenplay by Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, DeKnight, and Nowlin. The film’s main cast includes John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, and Cailee Spaeny; with return roles by Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Rinko Kikuchi, and a few others. Where Charlie Hunnam was on this one is still a mystery to me, he was great in the original. The film had a estimated budget of $150 Million (USD). Interestingly, this is the Big Screen Directorial debut of DeKnight, who prior to this movie had only written, produced, and acted.
I was so hopeful for this movie. All it needed was an ok story, and some great robot vs monsters fight scenes, and it would have been a fun movie to watch. The writers and director failed miserably. I still do not understand how bad movies get made. How many people read the script before it gets OK’d? At least one of those people had to say was bad, don’t they?
Maybe bad movies get made because they know people like me will still go see them, and they can still make tons of money.
While leaving the theatre, I was quite upset. Not upset that the movie was bad, but because I had worked myself up to expect something more than it was. The film only had so much potential. I think I knew it was going to be bad, but didn’t want to believe it. The movie didn’t have much going for it, and I just could not like it.
The Critique Rating – Pacific Rim Uprising: 4/10 Gipsy Dangers.
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