Pacific Rim: Uprising Review

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Rogerebert:

“On a craft level, this sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-versus-biomechanical warriors saga “Pacific Rim” isn’t terrible. At the very least, it doesn’t stint on images of huge things crashing into other huge things, as well as collateral damage in the form of cratering streets, collapsing buildings, and panicked civilians (who are shown racing away from the mayhem but rarely being hurt or killed). Younger kids might like it, and it’s probably a safer bet for that age group than the “Transformers” films, which are strangely filled with racist and sexist images as well as a needlessly sleazy undertone.”

Dark Horizon:

Pacific Rim Uprising” is at its best when it drops all pre-tenses and focuses on giant CGI robots fighting giant CGI monsters. The actual flesh-and-blood characters are paper thin, and the story’s plot holes are big enough cartwheel a Jaeger through.”

Rolling Stone:

“Director Guillermo del Toro understood this back in 2013, when he took several bags of studio loot and gave us Pacific Rim. It was mass entertainment, sure, the kind of popcorn movie that’s filled with things-blowed-up-real-good set pieces and speeches about the apocalypse being cancelled. Pacific Rim Uprising is not that movie. It’s not much of any movie. It is a collection of noises and images and military jargon being oorah-ed at sternum-rattling volume and featherweight CGI destruction and WTF slo-mo sequences and the occasional feeling that you’ve been cheated, but let’s not call that a movie. The idea that a sequel is rarely better than the original is a cliché – oh, and there are tons of clichés in this as well – but this is not just a bad follow-up, or even a flipped bird to fans. This is Transformers-level inanity. This is a blow to your head from a mallet. It will not make you feel like a 10-year-old, but it will make you feel 10 years older by the time you leave the theater. It is certainly not personal in any way, shape or form, just strictly chilly, corporate to a fault and somehow both chintzy and wildly overblown. Del Toro didn’t direct it, though he is one of the credited executive producers. He should still sue for damages.”

The Guardian:

“At the opening of this pointless, charmless sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s halfway decent original, we are introduced to a new character. Teen tech genius Amara (Cailee Spaeny) has cobbled together her own “jaeger” from bits of the scrapped battle robots crippled in the last war with the Kaiju (giant alien lizards prone to destroying buildings). But her version is less impressive on every level and, frankly, not fit for purpose. It’s hard to think of a more fitting metaphor for this crude botch job of a film. Not even John Boyega, deploying weapons grade charm as the renegade son of the previous film’s war hero, Stacker Pentecost, can redeem this thunderously dumb movie. It’s saying something if a movie that doesn’t need to be much beyond mindlessly entertaining can only deliver the mindless part of the requirement. It makes you yearn for the nuance and complex characterisation of the Transformers series.”

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