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Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

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Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.

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Steven S. DeKnight
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Boyega ... Jake Pentecost
Scott Eastwood ... Nate Lambert
Cailee Spaeny ... Amara Namani
Burn Gorman ... Hermann Gottlieb
Charlie Day ... Dr. Newton Geiszler
Tian Jing ... Liwen Shao (as Jing Tian)
Jin Zhang ... Marshal Quan (as Max Zhang)
Adria Arjona ... Jules Reyes
Rinko Kikuchi ... Mako Mori
Karan Brar ... Cadet Suresh
Wesley Wong ... Cadet Jinhai
Ivanna Sakhno ... Cadet Viktoria
Mackenyu ... Cadet Ryoichi
Lily Ji ... Cadet Meilin
Shyrley Rodriguez Shyrley Rodriguez ... Cadet Renata
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Storyline

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..

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The bigger they come, the harder we fight. See more »


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rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Bracer Phoenix was the second Jaeger to have three pilots, after Crimson Typhoon from Pacific Rim (2013). See more »

Goofs

Jake Pentecost says in a pep talk that when he was a kid, he "jumped into a Jaeger". a character asks how far he got, and he finally answers "a few steps". It is impossible that he got into the Jaeger at all, as they require an entire team to start them up, not to mention that he would need to be wearing a special suit with the modifications installed by another team. Without this suit he would of not been able to connect to the Jaeger at all. See more »

Quotes

Jake Pentecost: Fire everything you've got!
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Crazy Credits

The Universal Studios and Legendary Pictures logos appear as Jaeger displays. See more »

Connections

References Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Better Man
Written by Josh Block, Leon Bridges (as Todd Michael Bridges), Austin Jenkins and Chris Vivion (as Christopher Vivion)
Performed by Leon Bridges
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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23 March 2018 | by kuarinofuSee all my reviews

A sequel to a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters. What was expected? Bigger robots fighting bigger monsters. The same thing with little tweaks - as most sequels do. What we got?

A product. A film generated by an AI. I wasn't there, but I assume it went something like this. The first meeting of the creators of this movie follows.

Ok, Google, what do modern kids like?

1. Robots (Transformers) 2. Scary cool monsters 3. Robots fighting monsters 4. Robots fighting robots 5. Memes from 2009 (Trololo sing) really? + memes from 2017 (the salt). 6. Horribly executed kid rebel subplots (Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Hunger games whatever) 7. Action 8. Forced drama? 9. Bad jokes?

Ok, let's take The Independence Day Resurgence's basic plot and fail miserably at everything. Done.

In other words, there is nothing in this movie besides action scenes. The plot lives on its own, there are no characters, and even their substitutes are completely disconnected from the dead plot. Nothing they do matter, it just follows typical cliches until the end. It even gets confusing at some point, but then you see the light at the end of the tunnel. It rushes the ending knowing that by this point nobody cares.

All the dialogue is cringe-worthy. Most of the actors are just having fun knowing that there's no need to get invested into anything here. Sadly, Scott Eastwood's face is stuck in one emotion and is unable to display anything else.

CGI crews did a good job, I guess. Looks fine. There's even one creative action scene involving buildings. Other than that the action is generic, even IMAX can't make it feel better. Maybe it would've been more impressive but the overabundance of CGI city destruction in modern blockbusters seriously lowers the threshold for getting impressed by CGI.

I'd compare this to a long video game cut-scene, but modern games have more character development and creative visuals in their cut-scenes. For instance, pretty much all Blizzard cut-scenes are visual masterpieces.

Final verdict: not entertaining on the big screen and a total waste of time for home viewing.


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Release Date:

23 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,116,535, 25 March 2018

Gross USA:

$59,874,525

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$290,930,148
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2.39 : 1
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