Pacific Rim: Uprising review
“Let’s go, already!” tiny mech builder Amara (Cailee Spaeny) says, speaking for the audience as she heads into a big boss battle. At this point, we’ve already spent a large amount of time silently wishing the same, as Pacific Rim: Uprising mimics the first film by layering on character development and backstory at the expense of robot punching action.
Emotional depths are plumbed to an extent most throwaway action flicks would feel is unnecessary, to less effect than the scriptwriters hope for, as the majority of those watching would much rather spend the time watching big things knocking several lumps out of even bigger things.
“I am not my father,” says Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), as his hustler gets caught up with a teen pilot and her illegal mech, finding himself dragged back into service as a new alien threat emerges. For all the boring politics and commercial chatter, audiences patiently waiting for the biggest throwdown outside of a WWE wrestling ring aren’t disappointed.
There are no fears of a Man of Steel furore, as an entire city of skyscrapers is evacuated underground in around five minutes (for the record, we once worked on the 26th floor of a Canary Wharf building, and when the fire drill kicked off and it took 40 minutes to walk downstairs, we were left in no doubt we’d be killed in any kaiju attack. Or if there was a real fire). Still, that lets things commence as they should – after all, no-one ever told Godzilla to watch where he stepped.
With a Power Rangers-style twist for the final monster, there’s enough creature crashing action to keep things ticking over. But be honest, when you watch this on Blu-ray, you’ll skip all those character scenes and go straight to the ’bot on beast action. Matt Chapman
Release: 23 March 2018
From: Universal Studios
Format: Theatrical Release
Age Rating: 12A