Pacific Rim Uprising Reviewed by Clayton Barnett

The Premise
Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.
The Review
I do love a good creature feature and Pacific Rim Uprising delivers what it says on the tin - spectacular metal on monster mayhem.
It was bittersweet Guillermo Del Toro left the franchise to make the Oscar-haulin’ The Shape of Water - as his first instalment had more stakes at play and far more star power - but we got one of the best movies of the year so I’m okay with that.
Long time TV producer Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Daredevil) makes his feature directorial debut and shows he knows his way around a fight scene. Where here for slick fight scenes and he delivers in spades, with a Jaeger on Jaeger duel on ice a visual highlight.
While the story is pretty predictable you have to give it credit, it’s economical, moves at some clip and doesn’t muck around outstaying it’s welcome like most of the Transformers movies.
While we’re here for the fights there’s some unexpected monster laughs from the pretty hilarious charm of John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). From the opening sequence of him living the life in a Kaiju-destroyed district, to munching on deliciously topped ice-cream, and the banter between him and young great newcomer Cailee Spaeny, he helps Uprising rise a little bit higher.
The Verdict
While lacking the star power of the original - and visionary director Guillermo Del Toro - Uprising delivers on eye-popping robot versus monster smackdowns, with some added goofy charm from Star Wars’ John Boyega.
The Trailer


The Info
Releases: 22nd March 2018
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 111 minutes
Genre:  SciFi
Starring: John Boyega, Tian Jing, Scott Eastwood
Director: Steven S. DeKnight (Debut Feature Film)
The Extras
In a interview with Collider in November 2014, Guillermo del Toro talked about setting the stage for Pacific Rim 2 (2017) in stating: "It's a few years after the first one. It's not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after - what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It's quite a jump."
It was reported in 2016 that Charlie Hunnam would not be returning as Raleigh Becket.

Guillermo del Toro during an interview with Collider in November 2014, stated that Charlie Day's character Dr. Newton Geiszler & Burn Gorman's character Gottlieb are in the sequel with the respective actors (Day & Gorman) reprising their roles from Pacific Rim (2013) for the sequel. Del Toro commented on it, stating: "Yes. It's quite a different movie from the first one in that, but I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie. They are really, really - I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn. I mean, [Burn's] in Crimson Peak (2015) for that reason, because I love working with him."
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) pushed back the release date from August 4, 2017 to February 23, 2018. It was later pushed back another month to March 23, 2018.