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Pacific Rim Uprising

Review by Honey B

Director:  Steven S. DeKnight Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Tian Jing, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman Plot: Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) is a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father, Stacker Pentecost, 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 throug. Verdict: Pacific Rim Uprising is a big, exciting monster versus machine rollicking action sequel. The second instalment of this flick is set 10 years after the first as the world is still coming to terms with the fight between the Kaiju monsters and the Jaegers, which are giant, human-operated robots. In the Battle of the Breach war, the Jaegers banished the monsters back through the breach and now the world is trying to pick up the pieces as people live in the shadow of the battlegrounds and struggle to survive. Son of late war hero Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), Jake (John Boyega) isn’t training with the Jaegers or planning to save the world like his father – he’s stealing Jaeger parts to sell on the black market. While searching for parts he’s beaten to the punch by plucky little thief Amara Namai (newcomer Cailee Spaeny) who is building her own mini Jaeger. The unlikely pair and Amara’s Jaeger, Scrapper, get caught by the Pan-Pacific Defence Corps and it’s back to the base to join the PPDC team with Stacker as a trainer and Amara as a cadet. Pentecost re-news old rivalries with fellow Jaeger pilot Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood) while trying to please and protect his sister Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) who is in charge at the PPDC. New player in the giant robot market is the Shao Corporation, led by Liwen Shao (Jing Tian) and Dr Newt Geiszler (Charlie Day). When a rogue Jaeger shows up and the Kaiju come back it’s a race to find out who is behind the breach and who is operating the new Jaeger. This latest instalment pays homage to the original, cheesy flick and it has a cool light-hearted vibe. Boyega is the perfect leading man with his effortless charm, a dash of broodiness and a quick smile. He was a hit with the teenagers in the audience. The big and bold action sequences in this flick are awesome and it’s plenty of fun to see Sydney trashed by rival Jaegers. This is an enjoyable popcorn flick with plenty of robot versus monster action to keep fans and newcomers to the franchise more than happy. (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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