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Can the World Just Stay Saved? Pacific Rim 2 Review

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Can the World Just Stay Saved? Pacific Rim 2 Review

Kira Krieger, Copy Editor

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Since the time of H.G. Wells, Aliens have been portrayed as Earth’s worst enemy and this idea is carried on through the series Pacific Rim.  However, in the sequel of Pacific Rim, the Earth is met by a new alien threat of our own creation.

Earlier this year, Pacific Rim: Uprising debuted with only three original characters, one that dies (like a sitting duck) during the first conflict. Besides them, the rest of the movie is filled with new characters that have survived the war with the Kaiju. Though they have been at peace for ten years, nothing has improved: their crime rate has sky-rocketed, orphans from the war are taking care of themselves, and Jaegers are now the police force. Things just might have been better during the war since the world was united, doing something together and for each other, unlike the aftermath that has gone to the dogs.

Also, this movie might be called Pacific Rim: Uprising, but there isn’t much that screams that it is apart of the Pacific Rim series. Sure, it has Jaegers and eventually has some Kaiju, but it doesn’t have that dire feeling that if they don’t win, there goes the world. One reason for this is that they already have beaten this enemy and the first time they had less to work with, now they have a fully functioning army of Jaegers that hasn’t been ravaged by a long war.

Furthermore, it felt more like a mash-up of other movies than its own movie. It gives the rogue robots idea from I-Robot, the robot fights like that of Real Steel, and the combination of monsters (which never happen in the first movie) like the Zords from Power Ranger. There is nothing unique about Pacific Rim: Uprising nor to make it a sequel.

Lastly, it takes almost two hours for them to tell the audience what they can figure out during the first fight scene, which would be fine, if this was a Scooby-Doo episode but is inexcusable for a fully grown PG-13 movie. There is no red herring nor any groundbreaking clue that changes everything. The movie just tells rather than letting the audience think and wonder and hypothesize.

With the lack of suspense and thrill in this action, adventure movie, I give Pacific Rim: Uprising 1.75 out 5. I can’t give it a full 2, majorly because the killed off a brilliant and amazing fighter in a helicopter crash as a politician, not letting her go down fighting.

 

 

 

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