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on June 20, 2018
I hate giving three-star reviews. Who reads three-star reviews!? But, it is what it is. Is it a fun movie? Yeee... kind of. Is it a good plot line? It's okay, although pretty forgettable and pretty darned contrived. Are the characters good? Certainly no better than the first Pacific Rim (which I loved, but whose main character was downright yawn-inducing.) I watched the movie with my 22 year old son and halfway through the movie I paused it and quipped, "You know what this kaiju movie could really use....? Some KAIJU!" They don't show up until much too late in the movie (except in flashback type settings) and they almost seem like an afterthought. Sort of like, "Oh crap we made this Pacific Rim movie but forgot to put any kaiju in the plot." The acting is not horrible, but certainly not terrific. (Sorry, John Boyega gets way too much credit as an actor.) It's worth watching, maybe even renting, but it's definitely not worth the twenty bucks I spent on the blue-ray. Save your money for a better movie.
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Pacific Rim Uprising was a good addition to the first. I was not disappointed at all. Some people said it wasn't any good, however my husband and I really enjoyed it. They used a lot of original characters from the first and tied the first movie to this one really well. It also had a bit of comedy.
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on July 9, 2018
Wow. Has there ever been a movie as bashed by critics and audiences as this one? Honestly, if you're going in expecting Shakespeare, then yes you will be disappointed. But if your initial intent is to watch giant robots completely destroy Tokyo in what has to be the greatest show of special effects ever created, and you still come out disappointed, then maybe you should just stop watching special effects-driven movies, because on a technical level, it doesn't get much better than Pacific Rim Uprising, which I found to be better than the first one.
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on July 11, 2018
Giant robots fighting, that's why we're here. This movie delivers it.

The effects are fantastic throughout, really well done, but as large as these robots are, the sense of scale in the 3D version wasn't as grand as I expected.

I think it's primarily down to the way it was shot and the vantage points used, but I didn't feel the awe with this movie like I did in the first Pacific Rim or when we see Rey contrasted against the crashed star destroyer in The Force Awakens, which is probably my favorite example of immense scale.

That said, it's definitely worth picking up for your 3D collection and definitely a fun popcorn movie.
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on June 26, 2018
The storyline is too far off from the original and the characters feel underdeveloped. While the visuals are excellent and the acting from the leads (John Boyega and Scott Eastwood) the film left me wanting to the watch the original and put this to the back of dvd pile. The other issue is the score. The original score is powerful and moves seamlessly with the action and storyline. However, the music for Uprising was a pale reflection of the original score. I believe that’s because it is a different composer that tried to imitate it rather than finding their own version for the film. I gave it 3 stars because I enjoy the franchise and hope that of they make more of them, Warner Bros learns from worked in the first film.
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on July 15, 2018
We enjoyed the original Pacific Rim as a fun popcorn flick and scifi romp. Pacific Rim Uprising is decent, but the weakness is that this movie is somehow geared toward a younger audience. There are acrobatics inside the robots as the Jaegers mimic the actions of their drivers who are performing flips and somersaults, the main characters are much younger than in the original movie, and it just feels less realistic. (Yeah, that doesn't sound logical at all, does it?!) We couldn't put our thumb on everything that changed (maybe an influx of Power Rangers?), but even as the violence escalates the peril doesn't feel as serious as it did in the original Pacific Rim and even our twenty-something daughter felt this movie was "younged-down."
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on June 19, 2018
Coulda, shoulda, woulda been better if Del Torro had directed it. As it stands, the writing wasn't very good, and neither was the acting. And the visuals looked like another Transformers. Sad, for the first one was good.
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This movie will not win any major awards but it's a fun ride. Definitely not as good as the first movie but its good. I especially like the relationship between Boyega and Spaeny which is very much like an older brother-little sister relationship. Unfortunately, Mako is completely wasted in this movie. Such a great character in the first movie. I would rather she was left out of the sequel entirely than have her included in the movie as she was. The visuals are pretty good. The action is there. The acting is...what you might expect. The plot was a bit silly and forced. I like a movie that I can re-watch whenever I'm in the mood. Despite the 2 star rating, this movie is re-watchable and fun.
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on July 7, 2018
the movie was not near as good as the first one that I watched, but I will say it still was interesting entertaining and well worth watching. I might even watch it again shortly. I liked the action parts, there could have been more, but stil worth watching. I think they all did a good job acting
and putting a plot into it. it's just a little bit flat specially at the beginning.
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on June 16, 2018
I thought it was pretty cool. Not as good as the first, but not a bad sequel either. Overall it had enough of the elements of the first one to keep a fan engaged and satisfied, but could have had more kaiju action for sure. Looking forward to a third one if they make it.
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