Pacific Rim Uprising Review – John Boyega Tries But Can’t Save This Mess of a Film
As the release date got closer for Pacific Rim Uprising, the more it started looking like a let down. John Boyega does his best to hold this mess of a film together but it's just not enough. You'd think that with Boyega and better shot action scenes there would be no way to lose with this film but...well...you'd be wrong.
Let's start with what works: Boyega. Seriously I don't know why he's not getting more work. He's a great actor, has endless charisma, can do both funny and serious. I want John Boyega to be cast for everything like Chadwick Boseman. Acting-wise, he's the only thing holding this film together. All of his scenes are good and make mediocre to bad actors *cough* Scott Eastwood*cough* seem like they're more talented when the reality is, they're just getting the Boyega bounce.
This film also does away with the dark, rainy scenery of the first film and gives us a lot of well-lit, fullbody shots of both Jaegars and Kaiju. You'd almost think this film cost more than the first movie since there are better shots of the monsters and robots fitting but this film manages to come in at costing $40 million less than the first film.
Unfortunately with the improvements with action come some Kaiju-sized setbacks in terms of story. The story is a complete mess. It's like a mashup of 3-4 different stories as if they couldn't decide on what to focus on with the script and decided to just put it all in. The young Jaegar pilots get zero development and outside of Amara are just worthless. The film could have spent time with Jake and Nate training these pilots but instead gives equal time to a stupid plotline involving drone Jaegars. It's just a disappointing mess.
I'm sure some will enjoy Pacific Rim Uprising off Boyega's charisma and better looking fights but the mess of a story just dragged down the entire film for me. Say what you want about the first film but it kept the storyline simplistic and gave me giant robots vs giant monsters and that's all I could ask for. When you start adding in a convoluted plot with underdeveloped characters, it's a recipe for disaster.
Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert(Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old hacker Amara (Cailee Spaeny), against a new Kaiju threat. Directed By Steven S. DeKnight