Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), Dir. Steven S. DeKnight

Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), Dir. Steven S. DeKnight
The Kaiju, they’re going to come back. I’m not going to be stuck waiting for someone else to come save my ass.
— Amara Namani, Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

Stars: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Karan Brar, Levi Meaden, Shyrley Rodriguez, Adria Arjona.
Director: Steven S. DeKnight
Screenplay: Steven S. DeKnight, T.S. Nowlin, Kira Snyder, & Emily Carmichael.

Thank goodness for the glory of John Boyega because there is nothing else at all appealing about this movie. Boyega was able to keep my attention for the entirety of this rather dumb movie that had no real reason to exist other than to mad a few rad, substance-less city wide destructive robot battles. 

The beginning is promising; set 10 years after the victory over the Kaiju where many of the Pacific Rim coastal cities were destroyed with no way to rebuild. These cities have become the hub for squatters, looters, and crime and this is where we meet our hero, Jake Pentecost (Boyega); the son of Jaeger Pilot Stacker Pentecost. He is recruited back into the fold after falling back in prison after he and a young girl are caught piloting an unauthorised Jaeger she constructed from scraps.

Immediately after they are recruited somehow the Kaiju become a threat. The beginning had promise but after this sloppy introduction of the antagonist I left all hope of a half decent plot at the front door. The film is pretty enough however the budget is obviously way smaller than the original. While the battles are entertaining they feel a little light in execution without any strong reason for a few of them. And we really need to stop hiring Scott Eastwood just because he is pretty, his dad was pretty but he could also act. 

★ ★