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Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)



Critic Consensus: Pacific Rim Uprising won't win any points for subtlety or originality, but it delivers enough of the rock 'em-sock 'em robots-vs.-kaiju thrills that fans of the original will be looking for.

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John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity's victory against the monstrous "Kaiju." Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father's legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)-who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction. Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious' Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale. Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix's Daredevil, STARZ's Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.

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John Boyega
as Jake Pentecost
Scott Eastwood
as Nate Lambert
Tian Jing
as Liwen Shao
Cailee Spaeny
as Amara Namani
Rinko Kikuchi
as Mako Mori
Burn Gorman
as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
Adria Arjona
as Jules Reyes
Dustin Clare
as Joseph Burke
Karan Brar
as Suresh
Daniel Feuerriegel
as Lieutenant Allan Gronetti
Rahart Adams
as Tahima Shaheen
Madeleine McGraw
as Young Amara
Jaime Slater
as Captain McKinney
as Ryoichi
Lily Ji
as Mei Lin
Zhang Jin
as Marshal Quan
Samantha Jean
as Australian Newscaster
Westley Wong
as Ou-Yang Jinhai
Marisa Lamonica
as Dignitary
Angie Tricker
as Protester
Jai Day
as PPDC Officer 1
Sam Kalidi
as Dr. Kostas
Nick Satriano
as PPDC Officer #2
Mona Rhys
as PPDC Officer
Akira Fujii
as Protester
Amanda Benson
as Dignitary
Daniel Millar
as Homeless Person
Karim Zreika
as Protester
Jip Panosot
as Tokyo Citizen
Allen Chenu
as PPDC Officer
Alice Chen
as PPDC Officer
Luke Owen
as Worshipper
Tor Dollhouse
as Kaiju Worshipper
Rajeev Pahuja
as Protestor
Jim Punnett
as Liwen Security
Charles Napoleon An
as Liwen Security
Jeffrey Mercado-Libunao
as PPDC Squad Leader
Anna Ladner
as Protester
Kyle Whalley
as Small Boy
Karen Gould
as Sydney Business Lady
Charles Bail
as Shao Tech
Charles Bai
as Shao Tech
George Mulis
as Kaiju Worshipper
Jessica Gould
as Sydney Business Lady
Michael McHugh
as Sydney Crowd Ben
Wayne Huang
as Tokyo Businessman
Frazer Ruddick
as Protester
Zeppelin Hamilton
as Male Worshipper
Bruce Guo
as Honor Guard
John Jumane
as Daimijin Front
Sharon Parkes
as Slum Dweller
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Critic Reviews for Pacific Rim Uprising

All Critics (253) | Top Critics (43)

This unnecessary sequel, lacking the original's assets, plays like a vapid Transformers knockoff.

March 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Like most unintended second installments, this one is superfluous - a remix of moments, scenes, and images from its predecessor infused with the need to make everything bigger and louder.

March 24, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Like leftovers in the fridge or reuniting with a lost love, "Pacific Rim: Uprising" is proof things are never as good the second time around.

March 23, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

It's still basically The Attack of the Killer Calamari, but without the panache, humour or the lightness of touch that Del Toro brought to it.

March 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If you want to see a noisy, brainless, plotless, spectacle that climaxes with an occasionally rousing downtown donnybrook between three Kaiju and four Jaegers, then come to this. If you don't, don't. It's better than the first film.

March 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It knows its mission parameters, and it ticks them off with alacrity.

March 22, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Pacific Rim Uprising


Despite the fact that most of the secondary characters (namely the cadets) are so poorly developed (hell, I couldn't make any distinction between them), this decent (yet unnecessary) sequel relies on a solid structure and has enough urgency to hold us on the edge of our seats.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

It happened. After the quirky, weird and wonderful first part, the second just went full-on "Bay's transformers" when it comes to the action, the characters, slow-motion turning around in front of explosions and very questionable plot decisions. There is a good idea here or there, but also a lot of bad ones. Boyega is a great leading man but he doesn't stand a chance against the ludicrous plot. At least the showdown delivers what you sat down to see, but overall the disappointment is pretty big because there is not a spark of brain function in the entire film.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The first Pacific Rim was a very divisive film. Sure, it had its fair share of fans, but critics and fans either had a blast with it or it just wasn't for them. For myself, I was on the former end of that argument. I really enjoyed watching the spectacle of the first movie. Even though it was flawed, it was all about caring of the characters and whether or not they lived or died. Some people found it to be hollow, but there are counter-arguments to make about that as well. That being said, there aren't many arguments that can save this sequel from being disliked. Pacific Rim: Uprising is the perfect example of a film that desperately relies on the spectacle and characters of its predecessor in order to impress. For all these aspects and more, here's why I think fans of the first and newcomers might as well stay away from this sequel. Pacific Rim: Uprising follows Jake Pentecost as he is thrust into the war he never thought he would join. Being the son of his fallen father who helped save the planet in the first film, that was the one connection that made this film lazy in my opinion. From the visual style to the one-dimensional characters, to the nearly non-existent chemistry between everyone, I found this film to be lackluster from start to finish. Audiences come to see these movies for the spectacle of monsters fighting robots, but when the majority of that fighting takes place in the final 30 minutes and you've bored your audience by that point, then there isn't much hope for an enjoyable experience. I'm usually the person who talks as highly as I possibly can about a movie, looking for positives where most people find negatives, but I'm finding it very difficult to defend this one. Without ruining it for those who wish to see it, there are returning characters from the first film who are completely wasted here and their character arcs are ridiculous and frankly too stupid to agree with. The entire time someone from the previous film was on-screen, I found myself wishing I was back in the theatre when the first film came out. Everyone from the new characters to the old characters was poorly executed here and I was more than disappointed by that. Yes, the final act does have some cool fight sequences, but I'm more just commending the filmmakers on a few cool action scenes rather than saying that I actually enjoyed them while watching. Yes, the effects are great, but I was bored by the time they showcased them. On top of that, the stakes are silly, due to how the Kaiju's make their return to Earth. Honestly, I found myself either wondering how much time was left or hoping for an exciting twist that would grab my attention, but none of that is present throughout this film. In the end, Pacific Rim: Uprising is everything that I didn't want from a sequel. Being the first feature film that Steven S. DeKnight has directed (having only worked on television beforehand), I went in with a little apprehension, to begin with, but his work on television or smaller films may suit him better. This movie is just about as generic as you can get. I would like to say that this film would make a good example of how visual effects look on a home television experience for a rental, but I still think the better recommendation for that would be the first film. Overall, I've seen far worse movies out there, but Pacific Rim: Uprising isn't anything worth talking about.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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