Reviewed by Kevin Li

“Pacific Rim: Uprising“is a science fiction film directed by Steven DeKnight. It is the sequel to the original Pacific Rim film. This edition takes place 10 years after the events of the previous film. Both movies center on the battle between humans and Kaiju -dinosaur- like alien sea monsters. In this universe, Kaiju emerge from an interdimensional portal called the Breach located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. To combat these monsters, humans construct giant robots called Jaegers (pronounced like the alcohol). Jaegers are piloted by two people within the cockpit in a fashion similar to playing Nintendo Wii. This piloting process is known as “drifting.” Pacific Rim: Uprising has a runtime of 111 minutes.

Other than the conflict between humans and Kaiju, the story centers on the relationship between Jake Pentecost (played by John Boyega) and Amara Namani (played by Cailee Spaeny). Jake is the son of Stacker Pentecost, the hero of the first Pacific Rim film. The younger Pentecost is a former Jaeger pilot. As the film opens, we find that Pentecost makes a living by selling Jaeger parts on the black market. Namani is the newest trainee for the Pan-Pacific Defense Corps’ Jaeger program. She was chosen after building and operating her own miniature Jaeger.

The film does not inform us about the origins of the PPDC. The plot begins in earnest when the protagonists hunt down a rogue Jaeger named Obsidian Fury after it kills Mako Mori (played by Rinko Kikuchi), Pentecost’s adopted sister.

The film is action-packed and entertaining, but a little unrealistic. This is exactly what I expected from a science fiction film. I would’ve liked to see more destruction of the surrounding landscape during battle scenes between Kaiju and Jaegers. The lack of destruction as these huge creations romped is unrealistic even with context. Secondly, there’s some corny dialog within the film-specifically “let’s save the world” speeches and “when I was younger…” anecdotes. Again, this is to be expected, but it’s still annoying.
“Pacific Rim: Uprising” has a couple issues, but appeals to science fiction fans well.

4 out of 5 stars

“Pacific Rim: Uprising” is now playing in theaters.