Movie: Pacific Rim Uprising
Direction: Steven S DeKnight
Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, Zhang Jin, Charlie Day
Music: Lorne Balfe
Cinematographer: Dan Mindel
Editor: Dylan Highsmith, Zach Staenberg
Genre: Action, Adventure
What is it about: It’s a sci-fi film and the sequel to 2013 film “Pacific Rim”, which follows to save the humanity from the monsters Kaiju. The film is directed by Steven S DeKnight.
Why it’s disappointing: Sequels are a tricky one especially when it has to match up to its predecessor. Such was the case with “Pacific Rim Uprising”. The first film even though didn’t have A list cast pulled a great success as it had a great story value and gave a perspective of fiction.
There was one main thing missing in this sequel was the character building. Which was quite loose in this. Every character was trying too hard to fit in, and in the process it looks kind of tedious adjusting to their performances. We couldn’t place any character in its attire, everyone was under-performing each other. The premise was set but was not able build on it, it kept staggering and entirely depended on the Giant Robots and Monsters.
The film took a very easy route and didn’t bother to explore the vision which was created in the first film and lacked a great amount of heart which Del Toro’s version had in abundance. The sequel took the elements from the first film and re-arranged few sequences ignoring a play which was required the most.
What to watch out for: The film had great VFX and SFX which you definitely can’t complaint about. And of course action was good which tried to lure the audience but in vain.
The cinematography by Dan Mindel was good and was well edited by Dylan and Zach.
Verdict: Steven DeKnight, couldn’t live up to the previous film. The film had a lazed out approach which puts down the spirit of the characters so did the vision the previous one had. You can give it a miss, and definitely not an IMAX worthy.