Pacific Rim: Uprising is in cinemas, the long-awaited sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. The second go-around sees the film led by a new frontman in John Boyega, with only a handful of stars namely Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and Rinko Kikuchi returning from the original movie.
The sequel takes place a decade after the breach with humanity picking up the pieces of the first film. The Kaijus are nowhere to be seen and the world has its own protectors in the form of a Jaeger defence program. Boyega stars as Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost, who gets re-enlisted into the program in order to cut time off a potential prison sentence.
The film starts off immediately bringing audiences up to speed in the years leading to the current time line and introducing its new characters. The story moves on pretty swiftly right after that with a series of action set pieces that barely gives its audiences time to breathe.
In a nutshell, the story mid-way through reveals that the alien race (the Precursors) has not been entirely vanquished and that they have returned to mount another attack on the human race. Possessing Newt Geizsler (Day), the aliens somehow get their hands on drone jaegers of their own and begin to create another breach.
If that’s not confusing enough, several Kaijus begin appearing forcing the humans to use an experimental rocket fuel made with Kaiju blood to race over and battle them. Still confused? Great, because it gets worse as the third act reveals that the new Kaijus are able to bond together to become a mega-Kaiju and they’re headed towards Mount Fuji to start a chain reaction that will trigger volcanic eruptions that will terraform the earth.
Far out, silly, preposterous and outlandish – that is essentially the storyline for this badly made sequel. It’s just mindless dribble, likely written on a napkin by someone at a bar well into happy hour. Some may argue that the first film was the same but at least the original had a straightforward monster vs giant robot angle.
If you want a brainless two hour time waster, then this film should be up your alley. But we suggest you save you money and wait till Pacific Rim: Uprising hits the small screen because in all honesty you won’t be missing much.
Popcorn Rating: Stale