We didn’t love the original Pacific Rim, though Shane liked it a lot more than I did, but there was a fair amount to appreciate about what was going on. Of course, looking back on anything Guillermo del Toro directed is a little different today than it was even a few months ago.
That lack of love took on new life with Pacific Rim: Uprising, a film that is simply confusing on all fronts, not least in trying to figure out the behind-the-scenes effort. del Toro is gone, replaced by Steven S. DeKnight, writer, and/or director on a smattering of episodes of Angel, Smallville, Dollhouse, and Daredevil, which he produced to one degree or another. He also wrote/produced on the Spartacus shows.
It’s almost a primer on what not to do, and is rather likely to become a staple of film schools, and it also now holds the dubious honor of being the movie I’ve rated the highest among movies I truly, deeply hate.
There’s very little to like about the film, but we did find a few positives. Give us a listen below and we’ll let you know exactly how far away from this one you should stay… or, convince you that you’ll love it.