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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising

It's no surprise that Pacific Rim was one of my favorite movies from the past few years. It was the perfect mix of giant robots fighting even bigger monsters and hit a sweet spot that had been missing in my life. Sadly, it didn't really light the box office on fire so it seemed like a sequel would never materialize. Fortunately that was not the case and just this month we were graced with a brand new installment in the franchise--Pacific Rim Uprising.

This film takes place ten years after the original. The war has been one and the world is starting to move on. New jaegers are being built as peacekeepers and still training just in case there is another incursion, but so far things have been peaceful. Jake Pentecost, son of the hero Stacker Pentecost, is drawn back into the Pan-Pacific Defense Corps after running afoul of the law to help train some of the new recruits. It should be an easy job and it would have been, until a new threat emerges.

This one might not be from another dimension. It might be home grown.

While the movie lacks some of the polish and grit of the original, Pacific Rim Uprising shines when it comes to continuing to build up the world the Guillermo Del Toro created and it feels like an organic extension. I really liked seeing how the world recovered after the attacks. Usually in monster movies you don't get to see much of that and instead the creatures just destroy the city again and again as if nothing happened the first time. Here you have ravaged parts of the world that are trying to spring back but some are too far gone after the kaiju invasion and are still littered with the bones of the defeated.

The story is solid and and cast is great, particularly John Boyega, who just oozes charisma and is a treat to watch on the screen. The jaeger action is where the movie really shines, with multiple daylight battles featuring a variety of foes. In the first movie, we really didn't get to see anyone other than Gipsy Danger perform. Here, Gipsy Avenger is joined by a host of others and each one gets to shine a little in the battle to save the world.

Fun movie that's a good way to pass some time on a weekend. If you like monster movies, you'll enjoy it and be grinning ear to ear through the whole thing like I was. Check it out.

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