Pacific Rim: Uprising’s biggest strength is John Boyega.
Pacific Rim: Uprising’s biggest flaw is John Boyega.
The first film was full of memorable characters, whether human or jaeger or kaiju. Humans had story arcs and rich internal lives, much of which didn’t revolve around Raleigh. The Mako Mori test was coined because of this film.
Uprising fails the Mako Mori test, because it is the Jake Pentecost show and characters only matter if they affect Jake’s arc. It’s an entertaining show and I love John Boyega to death and am glad he got a chance to shine, but I was hoping for so much more.
The kaiju are generic; they had names, but the only one I recall is Mega-Kaiju, because it was so uninspired it made me angry.
Jaeger combat feels much more floaty and weightless. No Cherno Alpha here.
The soundtrack’s only memorable bit is near the end, when they lifted bits of Ramin Djawadi’s work on the first film.
(Trivia fact: Young Clint Eastwood turns out to be Clint Eastwood’s son, which explains why I called him Young Clint Eastwood throughout the film. I think his character may have had a name?)