Gonzo’s review published on Letterboxd:
Better characters? ✓
Charismatic cast? ✓
Adds to the mythology? ✓
Brighter fight scenes? ✓
Weird shit? ✓
Promising future? ✓
And most important of all...
Plenty of robot vs. monster action? ✓✓✓
What more do these critics want?
Sure, it's missing that special del Toro touch, and yeah, the CGI—while pretty darn solid—is not quite as realistic as in the previous film, but that's pretty much it. I'd say it improves on the original in several aspects.
So, what else are people looking for?
How many mecha/kaiju movies do we get? This is worse compared to what? Transformers?
Pacific Rim has an actual story and makes an effort to tell one. Who remembers the plot of Transformers? Of any of the five Transformers?
We got five of those. I'd rather have five of these.
Uprising promises giant robots and monster mayhem, and it delivers giant robots and monster mayhem. End of discussion.
If you're a fan of the first film and if you love mechas and kaiju, Pacific Rim: Uprising is worth a watch.
Awesome jaegers: ★★★★★
Killer kaiju: ★★★★★
Overall Rating: ★★★½