Pacific Rim Uprising (12A)



Action (2018)
111mins Chi/US

Starring: Tian Jing, Adria Arjona, Scott Eastwood, John Boyega, Rinko Kikuchi
Director: Steven S. DeKnight, Steven S DeKnight
Writer(s): Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, Steven S DeKnight, T S Nowlin
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Ten years human-piloted Jaeger robots vanquished gargantuan alien creatures known as Kaiju, former pilot Jake Pentecost has abandoned his station and been swallowed by the criminal underworld. Lacking direction or purpose, Jake is on the brink of self-destruction until a terrifying new threat to mankind is unleashed and Jake's estranged sister Mako Mori implores him to return to active duty to avenge the fallen. Jake agrees and he builds a close-knit surrogate family in the shadow of war.

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Pacific Rim Uprising (12A)

Steven S DeKnight makes an inauspicious feature film directorial debut with a soulless and bombastic sequel, which has been crudely bolted together using spare parts from Transformers and Independence Day: Resurgence. Lorne Balfe's thunderous orchestral score competes with cacophonous sound effects to make us wince in our seats from the opening titles. The discomfort intensifies when characters open their mouths to spew risible exchanges that pass for dialogue. The film's gleaming hardware is impressive: hulking, digitally rendered robots cutting a swathe through the toppling skyscrapers of Tokyo with flame-licked swords, or grappling above and below the cracking ice of a Siberian wilderness. In the heat of battle, it's not easy to recall which human pilots are inside each colour-coded automaton so there is no sense of jeopardy as metallic fists clatter into welded jaws...

Pacific Rim Uprising. Copyright: Legendary Pictures/Universal Pictures. Caption: John Boyega as Jake Pentecost and Scott Eastwood as Nate Lambert in Pacific Rim Uprising. All Rights Reserved.When it comes to the software of a malfunctioning script credited to four writers, Pacific Rim Uprising is in dire need of upgrades. Character development is laughable and pivotal deaths barely register an emotional ripple. Comical interludes fall flat with a joyless thud, including John Boyega's attempts to wisecrack like Will Smith as the arrogant hero of the hour. "This face is set up well," he grins self-approvingly. The same cannot be said for DeKnight's picture.

Ten years after the Pan Pacific Defense Corps (PPDC) unleashed an army of Jaegers - 25-storey tall robots operated by mind-melded human pilots - to defeat gargantuan alien creatures known as Kaiju, humanity has become complacent. Former pilot Jake Pentecost (Boyega), whose father General Stacker (Idris Elba) gave his life to protect the world, is contacted by estranged older sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). She implores him to return to the PPDC to head off the threat posed by Liwen Shao (Jing Tian), slippery chief executive of Shao Industries, who intends to replace the current generation of Jaegers with unmanned drones. Haunted by ghosts of the past, Jake agrees and he mentors a spunky 15-year-old cadet called Amara (Cailee Spaeny), whose family were crushed to death during a Kaiju attack. An insidious new threat emerges from the ocean and Jake and fellow pilot Lambert (Scott Eastwood) sprint into action while technical geniuses Dr Newt Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Dr Hermann Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) identify the aliens' weak spot.

Pacific Rim Uprising is hard-wired with hoary cliches. Stirring battle cries for humanity to vanquish the otherworldly aggressors are randomly generated from countless better war films. Screen chemistry between Boyega and Eastwood is inert and a clumsily inserted object of lust for both men, played by Mexican actress Adria Arjona, is painfully misjudged when real-life battle cries off camera are for parity not objectification. A soap opera coda makes clear that film-makers intend to power up the Jaegers again if the sequel is a success. Pull the plug now.

- Jo Planter

Pacific Rim Uprising. Copyright: Legendary Pictures/Universal Pictures. Caption: John Boyega as Jake Pentecost and Scott Eastwood as Nate Lambert in Pacific Rim Uprising. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 13th April
To Thursday 19th April

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Aberfeldy, Birks Cinema
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Harvey Centre
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Weston-Super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Woking, Ambassadors Cinema
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 20th April
To Thursday 26th April

- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Rothesay, Discovery Theatre
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York


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