Pacific Rim: Uprising Brings Bigger Machines, Bigger Aliens, Big Surprise


Pacific Rim: Uprising picks up where the first movie left off, and surprisingly turns out to be a film worth watching.

If you saw the first film, you were most likely a bit puzzled when you saw trailers for a sequel, I know I was. When a film ends with saving the world and sacrificing main characters’ lives to do so, it’s hard to think a sequel is necessary, but Pacific Rim: Uprising takes all those doubts away and pulls you in for a second round of good ol’ saving the world from utter destruction by an alien species.

Picking up about a decade after the first war against the “Kaiju”, Pacific Rim: Uprising introduces Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, as the main character who is played by John Boyega. You may know Boyega as Finn from the new Star Wars films, but by the end of this performance you’ll forget all about that galaxy far, far away.

Boyega’s performance is notable, with a range of humor and good balance of the emotional palate, he makes it easy to relate to his character and think you and him are “drift-compatable” and ready to be the next Jaeger pilot duo.

He did not hold the movie on his shoulders though, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, and the rest of the new cast, all seemed to flow well in their roles, creating a team atmosphere that had you rooting for everyone involved. It was also nice to see the return of Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geisler, as well as other returning cast members who were vital in connecting the film’s story to its prequel.

Great thing is though, if you didn’t see the first film, you won’t be lost at all. This film is meant to stand on its own and Director Stephen S. DeKnight proves that by really upping the ante on much more than just a good story. The visuals are stunning to say the least. I don’t usually encourage going to the theatre much anymore, but this is a must-see on the big screen. The fluidity of the action scenes, especially on such a large scale, is done so well.

Overall, the subtle flaws that cannot be avoided when taking on the premise of giant machines vs. giant aliens, such as the science behind it or the ethics of collateral destruction, are completely dismissed due to the cast’s outstanding performance together and the visual efforts of the production team.