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original title: Pacific Rim: Uprising
duration: 1h 51min
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What was the same? The Jaegers. A reluctant pilot being pulled back into the fight. Widespread destruction.
What was different? The actors. The plot. The final showdown.
Was it as good, better, or worse? I think it was better.
First, let me take time out for this mass destruction disclosure. Both Pacific Rims would have you believe that densely populated cities with millions of tons of concrete and steel being strewn everywhere would leave minimal to no casualties. And to be fair, Pacific Rim is not the only perpetrator of this myth, many other movies have indicated the same. So let me be the one to tell you: impossible.
I know that these movies are basically cinematic versions of the video game Rampage. It seems to be a millennial dream to destroy entire cities. But, no way are these poorly constructed skyscrapers going to be busted apart like sand castles and you won't have thousands of casualties to go with it. It seems that the people are more durable than the buildings. Maybe they should construct the buildings out of humans.
OK, that's it for my MDD (mass destruction disclosure). Pacific Rim: Uprising was actually better in my opinion. Besides Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood) being supremely militaristic the acting was good and the characters likable. They went for a little more humor and it worked. The destruction porn is kind of old hat but that is a large part of the movie. I'm more of a fan of seeing what the giant machines can do (an ode to my roots of Transformers, Voltron, and Robotech) regardless of whether or not they have the ability to bulldoze entire cities in one fight.
Since this movie takes place 10 years after the first Kaiju attacks the Jaegers have nice new weapons and more moves. But what I liked most is that this movie was less predictable. Yes, the overall eventualities are predictable but how they achieve their goals is not that predictable and it was refreshing. There