Pacific Rim Uprising

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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.


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 (248) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (139)

  • 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It knows its mission parameters, and it ticks them off with alacrity.

    Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…

    Glen Weldon

    Top Critic
  • This is Transformers-level inanity. It will not make you feel like a 10-year-old, but it will make you feel 10 years older by the time you leave the theater.

    Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pacific Rim Uprising

  • Sep 13, 2018
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2018
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2018
    A year ago on this weekend a reboot of the nineties hit show Power Rangers was released and embraced a more moody and grounded tone than that of its source material. This year, with Pacific Rim: Uprising what we have is what that movie might have been had it decided to go another route and play up the more cartoonish aspects of that super hero series. This is to say that Uprising is so bombastically cheesy in its reliance on knowing exactly what it is and delivering on exactly what it promises that it's genuinely hard to fault the film for doing what it sells itself to be. Pacific Rim: Uprising is a five year-later sequel that no one in particular was necessarily looking for, but is here given the amount of dough that original ended up making in China ($411 million globally on a $190 million budget, $111 of which came from China-almost $10 million more than the film made domestically). Of course, with this kind of sophomore slump effect weighing on the decision of whether or not to even continue the would-be franchise this second installment has come to us not from "visionary" and now Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro nor does it star Charlie Hunnam or Idris Elba, but instead is co-written and directed by Netflix's Daredevil season one showrunner Steven DeKnight and enlists the fresh talent of Star Wars-breakout John Boyega as the son of Elba's fallen character from the first film. Uprising jumps a decade into the future and intends to reboot Pacific Rim the opposite way that Power Rangers movie did the original series last year. Meaning, while the first Pacific Rim was a little too self-serious given its story and a little more moody than might have been necessary, while more visually detailed to be sure, Uprising plays things a little more straight-forward and is exactly the kind of movie I would have loved when I was seven or eight years-old; it's big, it's colorful, and it has robots fighting robots and robots fighting monsters. That isn't to say this is a better film than its predecessor-I don't think I'd go that far as del Toro still enlisted a fun enough tone and built an entire world from which Uprising benefits-and Uprising maybe complicates things a little too much with its story whereas that initial film was so cut and dry in that aspect it was almost shocking, but the important thing is that Uprising is a fun if not ultimately forgettable slice of entertainment that plays to its B-movie strengths. read the whole review at
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2018
    Thrilling and action packed, Pacific Rim: Uprising delivers another round of rock 'em sock 'em robot fights. After ten years of inactivity at the dimensional gate the Jaeger program is decommissioned in favor of drones, but when the drones are hacked and turn against humanity the Jaegers are resurrected to combat this new threat. Unfortunately the plot seems forced and kind of formulaic; with a black sheep coming back into the fold and leading a bunch of new trainees to save the day. And the fights just aren't as fresh and exciting as they were in the first film. Still, there are some interesting new Jaeger designs and combat moves; especially when they team-up. However, the stakes just don't seem that dire and the characters aren't all that compelling. Yet, while it's not as good as the original, Pacific Rim: Uprising is still a fun and entertaining popcorn film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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