I thought Pacific Rim, the first instalment of this series, was very enjoyable and really quite a surprise. Before I watched it, I was expecting absolutely nothing but came away thinking it had real emotional depth and a decent story line. Now we move on to the newest film in the series and I must admit; I was worried it wouldn’t be able to live up to it’s predecessor, especially as the trailer showed no sign of tangible plot (with just a load of fighting monsters.)
What is it about?
Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), son of Stacker Pentecost (who helped close the breaches in the last film;) enjoys living life on the fringes of society, as a ‘Scrapper’ finding what he can and selling it on for food to get by. However, when he is on one of his missions to steal from an abandoned Jaeger factory, he is outwitted by someone who got to “his prize” first. When he finally tracks her (Cailee Spaeny) down they end up detained in police custody and Jake is given a choice: re-enlist back into the Jaegar programme or go to prison. He chooses the former and begins to train the newest recruits, while at odds with his old rival Nate (Scott Eastwood.)
What did I think?
I didn’t think this was a very good film at all. If you could computer generate a movie putting in all of the clichés you might expect for this film with the idea of monsters vs robots, this is what you would get. It grinds through it’s 111 minute running time, without much purpose or storyline and this was a real shame as, although I had expected something along these lines, I could not have predicted the extent to which it managed to completely numb my brain. Sometimes this kind of film can be a bit of fun and something to lose yourself in for a good two hours, but I was too detached after about 30 minutes to get back on board with the film.
I thought the way the scene was set initially, with Jake’s life as a Scrapper, was probably the most interesting and engaging part of the film, however, that was right at the start and from then on it just seemed to fall off a cliff. Sure the CGI was good, but that was the only consistent strain of a positive throughout the film, which is awful.
Conclusion- This film not only was not enjoyable but also didn’t do anything that was great. Even with okay films there is normally something to keep you engaged but this film didn’t have that, which was a real disappointment.)
Rating- 4/10 (Bad)