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This movie belongs to a recent born herd of movies who are embedded, almost drowned in all the references and quotes that, in the writers' mind, should make the spectators squirm in uncontrolled happiness.
That may work if the story can hold the movie together, and that's just not the case.
The number of this movies is increasing and it's a worrying thing.
Pacific Rim : Uprising unceremoniously throws you in a Episode VIII-ish carousel of ill-placed, badly executed references from the previous movie. The poor writing lets boredom seep into the movie through planet-sized plot holes that quite admirably manage to furrow in disbelieving thought even the dumbest kid's brow.
A lacklustre CGI, along with a annoying cinematography, a truly forgettable soundtrack and a horrific screenplay contribute to create a completely obscene movie, which is so boring that watching the grass grow for the rest of your life would seem a far more palatable activity than give this movie a second chance.
Pacific Rim : Uprising is a collage of dull scenes quite badly glued together, a movie which is tragically deprived of whatsoever emotional impact. A twelve hour straight Pac-man gameplay can create more hype and has a far stronger emotional impact than this movie.
A total disappointment.
Pacific Rim's CGI was truly something. It admirably managed to convey the power, the bulkiness and the mechanical presence of the robots, the raw power of every hit, the slightest nuances of any movement made by a giant robot that was driven by humans. It was a rare jewel.
In Uprising the CGI is disappointing. Lacklustre, cheap and badly melded with the rest of the scene. There are no more three-dimensional, giant robots made of moving, bruised iron plates, or solid, bulky steel giant mechas with a weight, or some realistic, a bit sluggish movements.
They look like toys, their parts, gears and plates plain and stiff, barely moving. Robots are light, unrealistically quick and agile models.
The design of the robots is pretty lazy and uninspired, and really reminds me of some cheap plastic robot action figures.
Their textures are also quite cheap.
This gets a little better with the Kaijus, they are honestly cool.
The dark, ominous tones of the first movie completely disappear. While this is not an intrinsically bad thing, it contributes to create a blindingly white, overall fake, aseptic scenery, that while it's understandable given the setting of this movie, in my opinion is irritating.
The already excessive holographic colour fest of the Jaegers' HUDs of the first movie is unnecessarily amplified here, it almost gave me an headache.
Here we go.
The lack of chemistry between the characters, due to a criminally low level of writing, is the true common thread of the movie. The characters are dull, their backstories already heard in every action movie released so far.
Their development in the movie is either non-existent or plainly wrong.
The human reactions are somewhat odd, not quite believable.
Funnily enough, some of the lines unwillingly probe the screenplay and expose it's flaws, but it's a bitter laugh.
The whole screenplay features horrible, cheesy lines that would have seemed ridiculous even in an '80s action movie featuring Steven Seagal.
The screenplay is truly awful and predictable , every subplot is either forgotten or comes to conclusion in no more than 20 minutes.
There is a good thing in this screenplay, there's a thing I'd never expected and that truly caught me off guard, but it's not enough. I'm fairly sure I didn't see that coming cause I got distracted when the usher reprimanded a kid who'd put his feet on the seat in front of him.
An inch higher than Independence Day 2, but well, it's not really a compliment.
Cringe soars to unrivalled heights with a reference to the salt bae.
Good thing : Cailee Spaeny's acting is really good.
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