Abril 20, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising: No Guillermo del Toro, No Fun

24 Marcha 2018, 11:36 | Dolorita Barahona

Star Wars Actor John Boyega Took His Job Very Seriously in 'Pacific Rim Uprising' Movie

British actor John Boyega plays the son of Idris Elba's character General Stacker Pentecost

The fact that this strategy is semi-nonsensical - Boyega and Spaeny are more fun than numerous original characters anyway, and to the extent that the "legacy" characters are served, they're often in some manner betrayed - doesn't really hurt Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Four years before The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro made Pacific Rim, a movie about giant robots punching giant monsters-and a movie that, thanks to Del Toro, had an inventive, oddball charm and a raggedly lovable personality.

As seen on Rotten Tomatoes, the current critical rating for Pacific Rim Uprising is at 50 percent. Pacific Rim Uprising is a genuinely bad movie. It's also at this point we meet Scott Eastwood's character Nate who we later find out has a mutual love/hate relationship with Jake, both actors play both serious and comedic elements of their respective characters well and at times you can feel the tension between them.

The problem is the original "Pacific Rim" was so hard to love, its Japanese science-fiction-inspired tale of giant, human-piloted robots clashing with Godzilla-esque monsters a largely vacuous, nonsensical affair. We're swiftly introduced to some new ideas - illicit jaeger scrappers, illicit jaeger engineers, and the Pan Pacific Defense Corps jaegers that keep illicit jaegers in line - and we dash away from them equally quickly. Idris Elba's impeccably named Marshal Stacker Pentecost is long gone, but his son Jake (lol) Pentecost (John Boyega) is living as a smuggler and Jaeger parts dealer, crashing in abandoned mansions and attending rubble-pile raves.

Once it has achieved that, Uprising sets up subplots and relationships with enough speed to give you whiplash. But to be very honest with you "Pacific Rim" appealed to the world without trying because of its story, content and narrative. I'll put it this way: No other movie outside of the Pacific Rim cinematic universe is going to have an Asian woman executing the Han Solo-saves-the-day move in the final act, and I'll take it for now.

This is Pacific Rim.

Clocking in at nearly 20 minutes shorter than the first, "Uprising" at just under two hours still feels overlong and ends in a manner that virtually guarantees a second sequel, provided the box office receipts line up.

If the intended goal is to build upon the success of Pacific Rim, why didn't someone come up with an original direction for the sequel? If anything, del Toro's overexcitable ambition muddied the focus, while the sequel plays more like the solidly entertaining A-list B-movie we all wanted the first time. Uprising is still a candy-colored world, but somewhat muted; dusty where Pacific Rim was drippy, rusty where Pacific Rim was neon. The new science-fiction action film was written and directed by Steven S. DeKnight in his feature-film directorial debut; co-written by Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin.

Some jaegers, I guess? It is the most blatant cash grab I have ever seen.

"It's fun, it's action". The world had been without a monster attack since Stacker Pentecost sacrificed himself a decade earlier, though, so who else was left to fight?

"There were times when I would just look at Steven on set and we'd be like, 'What's going on?' I'd go, 'Steven, I've never done this before.' He's like, 'Me neither, '" she recalled.

Del Toro's special effects-laden "Uprising", in which humans pilot giant fighting machines to save the world from otherworldly monsters, opened with $37 million in the US and Canada and ended up with a $102-million domestic run, a lackluster result for a movie with big production costs. Exactly 30 reviews are positive while the other 30 reviews are negative at the moment.

It's essentially downgraded from a Pay-Per-View worthy bout to the kind of shitty jobbers you'd find in the wrestling ring weekend after weekend at your local high school gymnasium (I kept waiting for a giant botch, or for a giant table to appear as a new landmark in Tokyo for one of the Jaegers to smash into).

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