As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
It is 2035, ten years after the Battle of the Breach, in which the inter-dimensional portal created by the Precursors (through which they sent marauding Kaiju) was closed. Former Jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost - son of Battle of the Breach hero Stacker Pentecost - makes a living by stealing and selling Jaeger parts on the black market in the Los Angeles area. After he tracks part of a disabled Jaeger's power core to the secret workshop of fifteen year-old Jaeger enthusiast Amara Namani, both are arrested by the Pan-Pacific Defense Corps (PPDC) after an altercation between Amara's small, single-pilot Jaeger Scrapper and the Police Jaeger November Ajax. A holographic transmission of Jake's adoptive sister and PPDC Secretary General Mako Mori persuades him to return to PPDC as an instructor, with Amara as his recruit..
Steven S. DeKnight's first blockbuster movie as director after writing and directing several television show episodes, such as Daredevil and Smallville. See more »
With the final boost into the atmosphere, the pilots are warned that Gypsy Avenger could burn up on re-entry. Then Jaeger is shown burning up, however, even with a hole through the visor, the two pilots remain unaffected. See more »
Spectacular Visuals, Disappointing Story, I Still Enjoyed It
I enjoyed it because I didn't go in expecting thought provoking cinema like 8 1/2 or 2001: A Space Odyssey. I knew this simply would be a meditation in spectacular action sequences, and in that aspect I enjoyed it. The beginning is slow and I found myself waiting for the cliched (will discuss in second paragraph) story to be over so I could enjoy the amazing action battles. And the massive action scenes were very enjoyable, entire cities destroyed, bad ass robots fighting giant alien creatures while smashing into skyscrapers. I enjoyed all of that thoroughly and the last half of the film was chock full of visually pleasing action. But nearly everything other than that was either average, sup-par, or cliched.
So for the story, many aspects half been done before and now have become cliches. Son of the greatest fighter also shows much potential but gets kicked out for being a maverick, only to return wen the agency needs a maverick, and will he live up to his fathers ultimate service. I've seen this over and over again and felt no interest in the framing story. The acting was a combination of averagely good acting combined with some not so good acting. For the most part acting was average with a couple good performances and a couple of pretty bad performances. I also found some of the plot lines/points to be unnecessary but I won't reveal them because they are spoilers.
All in all, if you enjoyed the first, you will enjoy this one.
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