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Pacific Rim: Uprising [2018] (2 discs)

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Director:Steven S. DeKnight
Writer:Emily Carmichael
Kira Snyder
Steven S. DeKnight
T.S. Nowlin
Composer:Lorne Balfe
Length:111 minutes
(1 hour 51 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:5.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:44%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.


Reaction: Not quite as fun as the first time around, and a fairly unnecessary sequel, but there are some interesting story developments based on what happened the first time around.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Steven S. DeKnight => Director / Writer
Emily Carmichael => Writer
Kira Snyder => Writer
T.S. Nowlin => Writer
Lorne Balfe => Composer
Adria Arjona => Jules Reyes
Bridger Zadina => Dean
Burn Gorman => Hermann Gottlieb
Cailee Spaeny => Amara Namani
Charlie Day => Dr. Newton Geiszler
Ellen McLain => Gipsy Avenger AI
Erik Aadahl => November Ajax Voice (voice)
Ivanna Sakhno => Cadet Viktoria
Jin Zhang => Marshal Quan (as Max Zhang)
John Boyega => Jake Pentecost
Josh Stamberg => Amara's Father
Karan Brar => Cadet Suresh
Levi Meaden => Cadet Ilya
Lily Ji => Cadet Meilin
Mackenyu => Cadet Ryoichi
Madeleine McGraw => Young Amara
Rahart Adams => Cadet Tahima
Rinko Kikuchi => Mako Mori
Robert Maillet => Lt. S. Kaidanovsky (uncredited) (archive footage)
Scott Eastwood => Nate Lambert
Shane Rangi => Sonny's Crew #1
Shyrley Rodriguez => Cadet Renata
Tian Jing => Liwen Shao (as Jing Tian)
Wesley Wong => Cadet Jinhai

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Despite being the hero of this film's predecessor, Raleigh Becket is only mentioned once in this movie, and his fate remains unknown.
  • The kaiju's long-running plan to get to Mt. Fuji is a nod towards the many decades of kaiju-movies that involved monsters attacking Japan again and again, seemingly for no reason.
  • When Newton activates the drone subroutine, the screen displays the name of the protocol as CMD LIMA VICTOR 426, as a nod to the movie Aliens, where most of the action takes place on a moon called LV-426.
  • James Gunn filmed a cameo as a DJ, but it ended up being deleted from the finished movie. Gunn joked on Twitter that the scene was omitted so that his character could be saved for his own spin-off movie.
  • In a interview with Collider in November 2014, Guillermo del Toro talked about setting the stage for Pacific Rim 2 (2018), stating, "It's a few years after the first one. It's not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after -- what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It's quite a jump." del Toro did not return to direct Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018). He stepped down as director in order to direct The Shape of Water (2017) instead, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.