“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.”
This movie thought me two things. 1 this movie being set 10 year ahead of the original Pacific Rim meant they could basically set it in an entirely new universe. And 2, that the technology definitely now exist to make a fully actualised live-action Evangelion movie. This movie sets son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost, Jake Pentecost, played by John Boyega, as the title character in this post monster war world as he slowly finds his way back to being the kind of hero his father was. We get a return from about half the original cast here, and some of them are used in ways I can honestly say I didn’t see coming, but those weren’t the only surprises in this movie. The biggest surprise here, is actually a fear I had going into this movie, and that was the tone. Now to some people, this might be something they prefer, but to me, a fan of the first movie, and the tone they set there, seeing them go in the complete opposite direction is a bit jarring. This movie went from Hellboy with giant robots, to a Saturday morning Evangelion cartoon. I think if you’re coming to this movie without seeing the original, you can have a lot of fun with this movie, but if you’re a fan of the first, I think this is going to disappoint you, as it did me. Boyega is great as his character, but it feels like he’s surrounded with a cast than can hardly help him raise the pedigree of this movie. They are most all fine actors, but so many of them are more associated with “B” level movies, when this movie clearly wants to be a “A” level movie, but only based off the pedigree of its predecessor. All in all, Pacific Rim Uprising is one of those movies that if you don’t take seriously, can be good fun, but if you want anything even a little bit deeper, you’re not going to find it here.
Review Score: 5 out of 10