Kardax reviews: Uprising
Ok so honest thoughts on this movie, I'm half and half, I like it because it gives me more pacific rim and I loved the original but now it's no longer this one off gem and I worried that it may be a little tarnished by it's sequel even though I enjoyed it.
If you want the action of a Pacific rim movie you'll get action, the number of fight scenes in this movie is about the same as the original, with some repetitions and some newer elements. The Jaeger V Jaeger fight (in trailer so not a spoiler) was very well done and my favourite of the fights, Obsidian Fury was a good adversary to Gipsy Avenger, and the reveal of OF's crew was an interesting surprise, I honestly thought it was going in another direction. The other Jaegers are ok? They're all individually cool but there was a few missed opportunities but the action they deliver is good, amazing scenes and action moments but that's it.
Now the plot, so my first issue came when me and my friend left, the initial bad guys aren't around for that long which I didn't like as I though they were going to be equivalent of the double event from PR. That's my biggest gripe aside from a massive plot hole they introduce to justify what the Kaiju want, now I won't spoil anything but think what the Kaiju wanted to do in the sequel and then remember that Mutavore, the last Kaiju before the double event in PR went to Sydney Australia. This doesn't make sense given knowledge of the sequel and it annoys me a little.
One last thing about the plot then I'll end this review/rant, I followed the sequel since the original movie, I saw some of the things Del Toro had planned in an early draft. These things got into the movie and there is a VERY disturbing scene about a third in that kinda reveals the whole plot if you've followed the movie's production. Really, I'm still trying to get that scene out of my mind.
At the end of the day, if you came for a plot, you're in the wrong place, if you came from action and excellent characters by John Boyega and Cailee Spaeny. It does lack a little heart that Del Toro brought but all we can hope for is that any future works get him back.
So overall, it's not better, not worse and you'll still like it. It has plotholes but you're not going for the plot and the mains are good, some scenes were pretty funny, some a little eh, but it's still good.
My biggest issue is that if a PR3 happens and how that affects my view as PR because I didn't mind it as standalone.