Robots vs. Monsters!
BQB here with a review of “Pacific Rim: Uprising.”
The original “Pacific Rim” was just that – something original amidst a landscape of reboots and sequels that we were sick of even five years ago.
The premise? In the future, monsters (Kaiju) pop out of the sea to destroy cities in an attempt to conquer the world. Humans respond by creating Jaegers, giant robots that can be piloted by a duo of humans whose minds must be in sync in order to use their brains to control the robot’s movements. Cue training scenes where main characters must learn to control their angst in order to achieve mental clarity and save the day.
In this go around, ten years have passed since the end of the human vs. monster war. Peace has broken out, though reconstruction efforts are slow and many cities remain in ruin. Jake Pentecost, a former “Ranger” (a robot driver) and son of Idris Elba’s character in the first film, has bummed out of the military and exists as a scavenger, snatching up leftover parts from defeated Jaegers who have been left to rot on the depleted battlefields of yesteryear.
Blah, blah, blah, shenanigans ensue. He and Amari (Cailee Spaeny), a young fellow scavenger, are snapped up by the Rangers, who demand that Amari enlist and Jake reenlist, because…um…apparently people who break the law are wanted for the military I guess?
Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood) commands the unit that these two ne’er-do-wells are assigned to. There are many contentious scenes between Nate and Jake that are reminiscent of “Top Gun.” Nate takes the Val Kilmer/Ice Man approach of telling Jake that he’s a loose cannon that’s going to get everyone killed. Jake takes the Maverick/Tom Cruise approach of going with the flow and telling Nate to loosen up.
Is there a plot? Yes. Somehow, Jaegers are popping up all over and smashing up cities. Say it ‘aint so! How did these mighty robot warriors go bad? It’s a mystery our heroes will have to solve.
Umm…there’s little more I can get into at this point without revealing spoilers. Overall, it’s fun, a good visual spectacle, and it’s self-aware – it’s not trying to make us think this is a film more meaningful than a bunch of robots and monsters smacking the crap out of each other.
STATUS: Shelf worthy. Worth a trip to the big screen.