Pacific Rim Uprising - 2 Stars
Without it’s original production team Pacific Rim 2 seems like another average, explosion filled misfire.
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.
With 5 credited writers it’s no wonder its a mess when it comes to plot. The humour is applaudable and makes this a lot easier to tolerate than a Transformers movie. John Boyega, Caliee Spaeny and Charlie Day give admirable performances given the material. However Scott Eastwood, Burn Gorman and Tian Jing are stuck with such shallow characters that their performances come across and robotic, and forced. The visuals are excellent, as to be expected, but it lacks enough plot to justify these ludicrous battles.
Overall a fun night out, but a poor script lets it all down.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Universal Pictures