It’s 10 years after the events of the original Pacific Rim movie. Things have been quiet with no appearances of the Alien kaiju creatures that left the world devastated. But now they’ve returned and how will Earth deal with the threat?

Pacific Rim: Uprising - 4K UHD Blu-ray Movie Review

Pacific Rum: Uprising Cover
Universal Pictures
2018, 1080p, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, PG13, Aspect Ration 2.40:1,
1 hour 51 minutes.
Starring:  John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny
Directed by: Steven S. DeKnight



Violence: Yes
Sex: No
Language: Yes


The original Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, was a surprising success. While on the surface it looked like another robot/alien bashing movie, it had surprising depth with characters and storyline to go along with all the CGI.

Pacific Rim: Uprising 4K Movie Review

Not so with this sequel. It takes a stab at some characters in the relationship between John Boyega and Cailee Spaeny, but ultimately it goes nowhere.

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A few actors in smaller roles reappear from the first film, including Charlie Day as Dr. Geiszler, who is still an irritating nerd,  like the kind of role Joe Pesci used to play in far too many films.

However, a sequel to Pacific Rim was inevitable. It’s watchable for all the spectacle, but I didn’t come away from the film with a sense of awe or true satisfaction.

It’s just another film in the long line of movies that included the Japanese and U.S. produced Godzilla films, any number of Transformers movies and the widespread city destruction of several genre movies I can think of like 2012 and Independence Day.


Naturally, the special effects are terrific; detailed, well lit and compelling. But effects are becoming so good these days that they no longer impress, because audiences expect them to be good. The details and textures look very real, which is often a failing of some GCI effects. People who go to see the Jaegers battle the aliens while cities are trashed won’t be disappointed.

Pacific Rim: Uprising Movie Review

I listened to the 7.1 audio mix and it was fine, but not spectacular. The surrounds were active, but I was not hearing the deepest bass a movie like this should generate and could be heard in the original.

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Plenty of them, but pretty standard press kit stuff.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Hall of Heroes
  • Bridge to Uprising
  • The Underworld of Uprising
  • Becoming Cadets
  • Unexpected Villain
  • Next Level Jaegers
  • I Am Scrapper
  • Going Mega
  • Secrets of Shao
  • Mako Returns
  • Audio Commentary by director Steven S. DeKnight