Director : Steven S. DeKnight
Producer(s) : John Boyega, Guillermo del Toro, Thomas Tull, Femi Oguns, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and Cale Boyter
Starring: Scott Eastwood, Adria Arjona , Tian Jing, Charlie Day and John Boyega
Genre : Sci-Fi/Action
Release Date : March 23, 2018
Awesome-O-Metre : 5.0/10
Revue of PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING
Pacific Rim: Uprising takes place 10 years after the close of the Pacific Rim and stars John Boyega as Jake Pentecost whose legendary father (Idris Elba) 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 cities and bring the world to its knees, Jake is given one last chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori, to live up to his father’s legacy.
Firstly, can we all accept that Wizkid is a national treasure? You can imagine my joy when Pacific Rim starts with his jam- Daddy Yo. That boy be doing big things and I couldn’t be prouder. Talking about big things, Pacific Rim: Uprising producers decided that the best way to execute a sequel was to go bigger…and yes it was a fantastic idea. The Kaiju in this installment was like 3 times the size of the ones in the first Pacific Rim movie and way badder. You could see all the nerds (yours truly inclusive) drooling all over the cinema chairs as we watched and clapped in glee.
Sadly, the super-sized Kaiju was the ONLY good thing that Pacific Rim: Uprising had to offer. Quite honestly, the film was dumbed down to such a level that I can only describe it as childish. I think the direction (for commercial purposes) was to appeal to 2 basic markets- the Asian market and the younger audience who buy tickets. However, this direction has ruined one of my favorite films as the film lacked basically everything the first Pacific Rim had going for it. Agreed that first Pacific Rim didn’t have the best plot, but this one was even worse. The idea to include a villain failed woefully as it bordered on incredulity and the child characters lacked any real presence to impact the feel of the film and after a while I started having Déjà vu of Power Rangers. Furthermore, their Jaegers weren’t as bad-ass probably because the shock value is gone, the fight scenes weren’t memorable and it took a while before any real action even came about.
Honestly, Pacific Rim was a huge disappointment to me. I admit I am an alien and robot junkie and I went to see the film just to scratch that itch (and not for any intricate plots) but that basic desire was left unsatisfied. However, I am proud of what John Boyega is doing as an actor (and a Nigerian) and I think he is the future.
Pacific Rim: Uprising will come to cinemas this weekend so lets go out and support our boy and thereafter hit me up on Twitter and Facebook or in the comment section below to tell me what you think about the film.