PACIFIC RIM (12)
PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING (12)
D: Steven S. DeKnight
Universal/Legendary (Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Guillermo del Toro, John Boyega, Femi Oguns, Thomas Tull & Jon Jashni)
W: Steven S. DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder & T.S. Nowlin [based on characters created by Travis Beacham]
DP: Dan Mindel
Ed: Zach Staenberg, Dylan Highsmith & Josh Schaeffer
Mus: Lorne Balfe
John Boyega (Jake Pentecost), Scott Eastwood (Nate Lambert), Cailee Spaeny (Amara Namani), Jing Tian (Liwen Shao)
I wasn't a huge fan of the first Pacific Rim, but the general consensus seemed to enjoy it - which is fine, I can't speak for everyone, I can only speak for myself. With that in mind, it was unlikely I was going to enjoy this sequel... and I didn't. It was everything I didn't like about the first film, except it was much, much worse.
Following on from the robots vs monsters war in the first film, John Boyega plays Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba's character in the original movie, a scavenger who harvests robot technology and sells them on the black market. Arrested for his illegal activity, he is forced back into the military robot unit as a new war rages between human controlled robots and other units which are controlled by the enemy.
Even for a movie where robots fight other robots for practically the entire duration, this is pretty dull, seemingly gravitating more to a Transformers fanbase rather than being its own thing. I honestly think, if you want to see robots fighting each other, watch Real Steel (qv), easily the best film of this type.