Pacific Rim Uprising

Pacific Rim Uprising – Critique

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

Pacific Rim Uprising Movie Poster

Rise Up


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 BoyegaScott 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.


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From IMDb –

The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising. Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) 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 our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war.

As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction. Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.


Bring On The Spoilers


Just like with the first movie, the robots and monsters were the stars, but with the sequel this was entirely forgotten. It seems like Hollywood has the idea that if they bring in teenagers to save the day, people are going to love it. When has that worked? It didn’t work in the most recent Fantastic 4 movie, it didn’t work for Power Rangers, and it did not work for this movie. The only reason I can imagine they would do this, is because they knew the only people that were going to like this movie were 12 year old kids. My 10 year old brother is going to love it.

The plot struggled. Do you remember those 90’s anime and action cartoons where the end of the world happens every episode, and the main character is the only one in the world that can save the day? It was exactly that plot. The super villain sat on top of a building controlling his minions with an iPad, the hero fought nearly to the death, and then out of nowhere, a genius in a remote location came in to save the hero, and then subsequently save the day. Each scene was designed to keep the intensity level at 100. Just when you thought the climax was eminent, a button was pressed on a computer and the entire world was saved, for about 30 seconds. This would not have been an issue, except for the fact that it happens over and over again.

The best thing the movie had going for it was the giant fight scenes, and they were only OK. Nothing special. The camera work moved to quickly, and the actual scenes were never allowed to build and develop. Every single move was supposed the be “the final blow.” but every robot and every monster just kept getting back up. It became redundant and ridiculous.


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. 


Each week I review a piece of creative art; movies, books, music albums, concerts, TV episodes; almost anything. The format I use comes from my time in art school, the classic academic critique format – describe, analyze, interpret, and judge. Check back for regular updates, and let me know if you have anything you would like to see me review.

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