Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Steven S. DeKnight
Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:38/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Universal Studios

Jake Pentecost is a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous Kaiju. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through cities and bring the world to its knees, Jake is given one last chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori, to live up to his father’s legacy.

It is safe to say that I am a pretty big fan of giant monster movies. All that being said, I wasn’t big on the original Pacific Rim. I went into that one very hyped for it based on who was directing it and all that, but I found myself a little underwhelmed and a whole lot let down once the credits rolled on that one. Here with the sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising, I think it’s defiantly a step in the right direction and an improvement on the first, but I still don’t think it has given me the giant alien monsters vs giant robots movie I’ve been desperately waiting for. If nothing else, this one seems a bit like a tease and once it’s over with it feels like little more than just a big set-up to the next movie. It has better fighting and action than the last one did in my opinion, but the story holding it together has some issues and the movie doesn’t really feel like it has an ending. That could perhaps still get a pass if the next Pacific Rim was announced and off and running. Are we even sure we are getting another one at the moment? For the sake of this one, in the long run, I sure hope so.

The best way for me to describe this one is “mixed”. Everything here has its moments, but that being the case, we also have stuff that just seems out of place and awkward at times. Some of the humor falls a little flat. Some of the characters are a bit all over the place with their actions. The movie looks like a million bucks, but that’s because several million did get put into it. It feels a lot like one of the recent Transformers movies at times and I’m not sure that’s a totally good thing either. I’m not saying this movie is unwatchable because I watched it and know it is at least watchable. I’m just saying that with a more clear direction it could have probably been a bit better than it was. Maybe whatever they do next will make this grow a little more on me down the line. Maybe next time around we can get the lead character from the first film played by Charlie Hunnam back as well.

Extras

– Deleted Scenes
– Hall of Heroes
– Bridge to Uprising
– The Underworld of Uprising
– Becoming Cadets
– Unexpected Villain
– Next Level Jaegers
– I Am Scrapper
– Going Mega
– Secrets of Shao
– Mako Returns
– Audio Commentary with Director Steven S. DeKnight

Quality of Transfer: 100%