Written and directed by Steven S. DeKnight, Pacific Rim Uprising is a sci-fi action movie starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood. The film is a sequel to the Guillermo del Toro-directed, Pacific Rim (2013) and sees a bunch of humanoid-bots (Kaiju) battling huge monstrous sea creatures (jaeger) – again!

Pacific Rim Uprising opens in UK and US cinemas on Friday 23rd March (this Friday). The reviews are now online – but is it any good?

Let’s take a look at six review snippets to see what’s being said:

  • Lucy O’Brien of IGN called Pacific Rim Uprising “fun but dumb”. She said: “Pacific Rim Uprising is a loyal, if unremarkable, successor to the giddy original. There’s still a lot of fun to be had in the pleasure of watching Kaijus clash with Jaegers in spectacular, bone-rattling battles, and that’s reason enough to see it for a certain crowd. But beyond that, Uprising leaves a lot on the table in respects to developing this potentially interesting post-apocalyptic universe and adding more than that single note.”
  • Jennifer Bisset of CNET said: “Buildings go down. Armour chinks. Rinse and repeat.” She added: “Once you orient yourself to the breakneck breeziness of “Pacific Rim Uprising” and the one-liners start to draw a smile, there’s some fun to be had. But it’s a huge step down.”
  • Benjamin Lee of the Guardian, awarded Pacific Rim Uprising three stars (out of five) and said: “It might drift out of the memory just as easily as it drifted in, but there’s a goofy likability to Pacific Rim: Uprising, a primal thrill to be had, and a confident slickness behind it that means, despite a nearly two-hour running time, it doesn’t outstay its welcome.”
  • Nick Schager of Variety called Pacific Rim Uprising a “cartoony sci-fi sequel”. Noting the movie’s desire to set up yet another sequel, he said: “The film’s paint-by-numbers approach to franchise construction, replete with a formulaic promise of future installments that, on the basis of this entry, feels mostly like wishful thinking.”
  • David Ehrlich of IndieWire awarded Pacific Rim Uprising a C- and also noted the franchise building aspects of the movie. He said: “Depressingly, “Uprising” is never better than when it’s setting up another sequel. By the time that movie crashes into theaters, our expectations for it might actually be low enough for it to surpass them.”
  • And finally, Mel Evans of Metro, awarded Pacific Rim Uprising four stars (out of five), calling it “very loud, mighty fun, but not much more.” She said: “It’s Steven S. DeKnight’s first foray in the director’s chair and he’s inherited an uphill slog following the 2013 original, but it’s still a lot of fun if you want to see the world being beaten up.”

So, a bit of a mixed bag – but nothing too terrible. The general feeling seems to be that you’ll enjoy Pacific Rim Uprising if a.) You have low expectations and b.) You disengage your brain. If you can accept a.) or b.) then you’ll probably be pleased with what’s on offer.


For more review round-ups of recent releases, check out past editions of The Great Stampede which have focused on Isle of DogsTomb RaiderReady Player OneLove, SimonA Wrinkle in TimeAnnihilationThe Shape of Water and Black Panther.