WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD…
We received free screening tickets in order to write this review. All opinions are my own. A couple of nights ago I was able to take my son and go see the new Pacific Rim Uprising movie that is coming out in theaters this weekend. I have been a long time fan of the first Pacific Rim, so I was more than a little ready to see the second one. The previews have done a great job of teasing a movie that is undoubtedly fantastic. My only disappointment from the first Pacific Rim movie was that Stacker Pentecost (played by Idris Elba) was killed off. Going into Pacific Rim Uprising I was skeptical about them being able to “fill the shoes” of this character, but John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) does a remarkable job as Jake Pentecost (Stacker’s son), picking up where his dad left off (10 years in the future).
Jake Pentecost, who abandons his training as a Jaeger pilot after his father is killed, becomes caught up in a criminal underworld selling old used Jaeger parts and Kaiju technology. While attempting to pull off a high-risk heist, of a very rare and expensive Jaeger part, he crosses paths with Amara (played by Cailee Spaeny). One of my favorite parts of the entire beginning of the movie is when he meets Amara, and she has built her own Jaeger, which is absolutely incredible and will eventually play a key role in the entire outcome of the movie.
Jake eventually rejoins the PPDC and works alongside Amara and rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) to work together and bring down the Kaiju. I was glad to see that Herman Gottlieb (played by Burn Gorman) and Dr. Newton Geiszler (played by Charlie Day) return for the second film. Jakes sister Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) helps him get one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy. She is leading a new generation of pilots and saves Jake from prison so that he can join the PPDC. Their only hope is uniting together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.
I have to add a small spoiler: As a mysterious organization reopens a breach for the kaiju, the kaiju find a way to evolve and become even more than what they appear to be; which also involves my favorite battle between a rogue Jaeger, Obsidian Fury, and Gypsy Avenger piloted by Jake Pentecost and Nate Lambert.
The movie exceeded my expectations especially when the movie ended and my 8-year-old boy turned to me and said: “That was AWESOME!” I don’t think I could have described it any better myself.
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.
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, 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 (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer 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.
Genre: 3D Epic Adventure
Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day
Directed by: Steven S. DeKnight
Screenplay by: Emily Carmichael & Kira Snyder and Steven S. DeKnight and T.S. Nowlin
Story by: Steven S. DeKnight and T.S. Nowlin
Based on the Characters Created by: Travis Beacham
Produced by: Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, Cale Boyter, Guillermo del Toro, John Boyega, Femi Oguns
Executive Producer: Eric McLeod