Is it a hit?
The verdict is in on Pacific Rim: Uprising, and it’s fair to say that the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 monster movie is firmly dividing critics.
Set 10 years after the original, Pacific Rim: Uprising tells the story of Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost from the original film.
When the Kaiju monsters surface from the depths of sea, he’s forced to mount a battle to save humanity once more.
But while the first instalment received widely positive reviews, it seems that the follow-up isn’t receiving the same warm reaction.
In a damning review for The Telegraph, Robbie Collin described it as “so cheap and shoddy-looking it may as well have been made in China”.
“It’s pretty atrocious, and tramples both the premise and detail of del Toro’s original in order to make its own barely coherent ideas stick”, he claimed.
Similar criticism came from Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson, who claimed that “it feels like just one more paint-by-numbers ’splodey movie, engineered to deliver maximum spectacle and rake in maximum dollars at the global box office.”
It wasn’t without its fans though – with Empire’s Ian Nathan describing it as “infectiously juvenile”.
“This is a cheekier brand of Armageddon — del Toro is giving scope to a boyhood lust for mayhem, the multi-million-dollar equivalent of kicking over sandcastles and torturing insects. There is something infectiously juvenile in that. Catch his Drift and you’ll have a brawl”, he said.
Pacific Rim: Uprising is out in UK cinemas now.