The Big Dumb Fun of ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ is Unleashed on Blu-ray

VANAPHASE™ the Vanadium powerhouse!

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Sometimes a movie just knowing what kind of movie it is can be a refreshing experience. We’re inundated with sequels for would-be franchises and they place all of their chips into the mythology, building a fantasy world that the creators demand be taken with the utmost seriousness. That wasn’t a problem for Pacific Rim: Uprising, director Steven S. de Knight’s sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s monsters vs. robots movie. Pacific Rim: Uprising is a big goofy movie that knows it’s a big goofy movie, and it’s that sense of its own identity that makes the film so much damn fun. Now the sequel to a film that wasn’t quite a smash hit in America lands on Blu-ray in all of its Jaeger vs. Kaiju glory.

Uprising starts out much like the first film, with a helpful rundown of the events leading up to where we start. The end of Pacific Rim led to the closing of the breach, an rift beneath the Pacific Ocean where giant monsters known as Kaiju sprung into our world and wreaked havoc. Man built giant robots known as Jaegers to battle these massive beasts from beyond. Stocker Pentecost (Idris Elba, who doesn’t return for the sequel) sacrificed himself and closed the breach, ending the war. Since then, there’s been no attack by the Kaiju.

Years later, his son Jake (John Boyega) lives on the ruined shores of Santa Monica, partying and scavenging to survive. This setup plays out in a lively and comical fashion, illustrating the looting that Jake does and the ridiculous bounty he seeks, such as trading a car for a case of Sriracha hot sauce. It establishes Jake as a man of a hero’s pedigree but has shunned that life in order to party, presenting a clear arc for the character to follow in the action that will soon ensue.

While trying to steal some old Jaeger parts, Jake encounters Amara (Cailee Spaeny), a young woman who has built her own tiny Jaeger, and he’s soon pulled back into the world of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, the military division tasked with battling the Kaiju. Arrested, Jake and Amara have no choice but to join the Jaeger program, something that Jake had already left behind but his adopted sister Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) won’t let him leave it fully behind. There Amara enters into a training program of young cadets and Jake is reunited with his old partner Nate (Scott Eastwood), and the two have some unsettled bad blood. When a mysterious Jaeger known as Obsidian Fury attacks a ceremony in Sydney, Australia, the Jaeger pilots must dust off their old giant war machines and take on a whole new battle in the war between man and monster.

Meanwhile, Liwen Shao (Tian Jing) is using her vast corporate might to push for all Jaegers to become drones, something that is being overseen by Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day). The fan favorite from the first film is also reunited with his fellow scientist Dr. Herman Gottlieb (Burn Gorman), though Gottlieb is now in the position of outcast that Geiszler once possessed. There’s a cloud of uncertainty hanging over Shao and her plans for an army of drone Jaegers.

There is a certain level of needless complexity to the screenplay by DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin, but DeKnight makes sure that the film moves at such a furious pace that none of it matters much. After reestablishing the premise behind the world of Pacific Rim, the sequel sets up its characters with very little depth because Steven S. DeKnight knows what you’re watching Uprising for – giant robots battling giant monsters. Once the formalities are out of the way, Pacific Rim: Uprising delivers the action in spades. It all is building up towards the film’s epic climax where a team of young Jaegers hit to the streets of Tokyo to battle three giant Kaiju with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Sure, it’s pretty hokey and predictable at times, but it provides plenty of rock ‘em, sock ‘em moments that are the reason you’re watching the film in the first place.

On the Blu-ray for Pacific Rim: Uprising there’s no skimping on the special features. Steven S. DeKnight provides audio commentary, of course, but what’s most impressive are the number of featurettes jam packed onto the disc. There are featurettes about the individual Jaegers and individual characters, highlighting the amount of effort that went into this wildly absurd and entertaining world. There are featurettes that explore the production of the film, and the unique task of making this a truly international production (the first Pacific Rim’s success in China was a major factor in getting the sequel greenlit). Finally, there are a handful of deleted scenes complete with unfinished special effects. Each deleted scene doesn’t really alter the fabric of the film, so you can see why they were cut; though Adria Arjona’s underwritten Reyes gets the short end of the stick with cut screentime.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is a big dumb movie that provides some big dumb fun. It’s a movie so comfortable being a big budget B-movie smash ‘em up that it just moves forward with rocket-powered momentum. There’s not an ounce of pretension in Pacific Rim: Uprising, and combined with the fun performance by John Boyega (who further confirms he is a legit movie star) it makes for an absurdly entertaining good time. Sometimes a movie is nothing more than ridiculous entertainment, and my goodness, Pacific Rim: Uprising is ridiculously entertaining.

Pacific Rim: Uprising
  • Overall Score


A silly piece of B-movie insanity, Pacific Rim: Uprising knows it’s a big dumb movie and provides big dumb fun with plenty of monsters vs. robots and a strong performance by John Boyega.

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
‘I Feel Bad,’ Episode Two is Better than the Pilot (Minimal Spoilers)

About half an hour ago, I let loose my frustrations on...

‘I Feel Bad’ Continues the Whitewashing of Asian Cultures

I Feel Bad made me feel awful as yet another show...

Cabin Boy Blu-ray
Fancy Lads Rejoice! ‘Cabin Boy’ is Finally on Blu-ray

Chris Elliot is nobody’s idea of a leading man, but for...

Event News Event Reviews
viz media
Have no Fear, for Viz Media is Here! – SDCC 2018

I grew up reading more manga than I did American comics....

Transformers: The Movie Theatrical Debut
32 Years Ago Today, Was The Transformers: The Movie Theatrical Debut

On this day, 32 years ago, the world was graced with The...

Blizzard SDCC 2018
Blizzard SDCC 2018 – Blizzard Entertainment Brings Massive Lineup to SDCC

Blizzard in SDCC 2018 – Blizzard Entertainment brings Overwatch, StarCraft, and...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Exclusive Track Premiere from Madden NFL 19!

(July 26, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records today...

Star Ocean Anamnesis
The Most Intuitively Fun Gameplay of Any Mobile RPG – Star Ocean Anamnesis Review

Star Ocean Anamnesis is hands down the most fun and intuitive gameplay...

Ghostbusters World
Strap On Your Jumpsuits and Proton Packs – Ghostbusters World First Look

Ghostbusters World First Look at SDCC2018 – When someone asks you if...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Five Questions for Gary Morgenstein About ‘A Mound Over Hell’

Gary Morgenstein is a journalist, public relations expert and author with...

Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel Revealed

Dark Horse reveals new original Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic...

black torch
Black Torch – New Supernatural, Action Manga from Viz Media

VIZ Media releases a new, supernatural story with the release of...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
DC Collectibles Brings Batman Dark Nights: Metal to Life

Straight from the pages of the bestselling DARK NIGHTS: METAL comics series comes...

Make Better PIX this Year with PIX Smart Animative Backpack

Start the school year off by making better life PIX, like picking up...

Chuck Billy of Testament Talks About His Signature Vaporizer

Chuck Billy of Testament talks about, “The Chief” his signature vaporizer,...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Bellator Hawaii to be Exlusively Aired on DAZN

From Bellator MMA – LOS ANGELES – The Neal S. Blaisdell Arena...

USA Boxing’s 1st West Coast Alumni Association Comes to Hollywood

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 11, 2018) – The stars will be...

Trifecta/UFC Kick-off Golden Ticket Giveaway for Sold Out UFC 229 Khabib vs. McGregor Epic VIP Experience

Running from today, September 11th through September 16th, the first 250 orders...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics presents: Harry Potter and the cat conjuring pt: 5… no, 4!

Oh this cat conjuring thing is getting out of hand!

Fantoy Comics Presents Harry Potter and the Cat Conjuring Pt3

Pt 3 of the epic non-canonical Harry Potter and the Cat...

Fantoy Comics Presents – Harry Potter and the Cat Conjuring pt 2

Pt 2 in the epic non-canonical adventure of Harry Potter and...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Coastal Commoners Ep 2 Who’s Better Chris Jericho or Ric Flair and The Black Superman ‘Controversy’

This week Gary and R.C. respectfully disagree on who the better...

Coastal Commoners Ep 1 Rosh Hashanah and the Assyrian/Jewish Connection

Editor’s Note: The views of Mr. Morgenstein and Mr. Samo do...

Gaming Uncensored: Year in Review 2016

A look back at the year in gaming. Related

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Deadpool 2 Vinyl Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of Deadpool 2 Score Soundtrack on...

Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack
Blake Neely Behind-the-Scenes Recording of Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack

Check out this exclusive Behind-The-Scenes video with Blake Neely as he...

Rising Country Music Artist Kaylin Roberson Talks About her work with St. Jude

Kaylin Roberson is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Raleigh, North...

%d bloggers like this: