Pacific Rim Uprising: Entertaining Action Sequences but Not a Whole Lot Else

two-and-a-half-stars
Well, Pacific Rim got a sequel and now I wish it did not.
Directed by Stephen S. DeKnight, Pacific Rim Uprising stars John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, the son of Stacker Pentecost, one of the main characters of the first movie, who was played by Idris Elbda.
Pentecost is dragged back into the Jaegar program with teenage girl Amara Namani, played by Cailee Spaeny, who somehow created a Jaegar all by herself, just as a new threat to the world arises, not just from Kaiju.
Pacific Rim Uprising can be entertaining at times but this is only during its action sequences.
The rest of the movie, on the other hand, can be boring and cringe worthy at times, which was not the same in the original.
Credit where it’s due, John Boyega does give the best performance of the movie but he is not enough to save it.

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John Boyega gives the best performance in Pacific Rim Uprising as main character Jack Pentecost.

The rest of the characters, including Amara, were very boring because they were either incredibly one dimensional or, in Amara’s case, they had a tragic backstory that we had seen done before with another character.
I even did not like what they did with the characters they brought back from the previous movie, especially Charlie Day’s character Newt.
I liked Newt and his rivalry with Herman, played by Burn Gorman, in the first Pacific Rim but in the sequel their relationship feels wrong and the way Newt was utilized was not at all fitting.

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Charlie Day’s Newt was not taken in the right direction in the sequel.

The movie tries to keep the scenes where there is no action interesting by inserting comedy but most of these jokes fall flat on their face.
Along with Boyega the one redeeming quality of the movie is the action.
It is fun, explosive and has tonnes of destruction to enjoy.
If you want to watch this movie just to see giant robots and monsters fighting each other then you are going to be entertained, otherwise it will be a bit of a slog.

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