Pacific Rim: Uprising (PG-13)

Action/Adventure 111 min. March 23, 2018
By Bilge Ebiri
"What's this?" my son asks, many years from now, yanking an old robot toy from a box in our basement. "A Transformer?"

I examine it. "No, I don't think so. Transformers have faces. Besides--" I try twisting its legs, turning its arms and head. "-- it doesn't transform into anything. It's from another movie. One where robots fought dinosaurs. Or, not dinosaurs, exactly. They were like Godzilla, only there were lots of them and they all looked different." The more I speak, the more I remember.

It comes to me, finally. "Pacific Rim! Or maybe Pacific Rim 2? Yeah, it was the sequel, because I remember the actor from the Star Wars movies was in it. The one who played that character you liked."

"Han Solo?"

"No, John Boyega. He was the original Finn in the first Star Wars Hexalogy, before he became the third Thor. In Pacific Rim 2 he played the son of Idris Elba's character, who died in the first movie. That was before Elba became Secretary General of the United Nations."

"Was the movie good?"

I try to recall something, anything. I remember John Boyega, and that his character had to live up to his father's legacy -- or was that another movie? Could have been. "I remember it was a fast movie. Too fast. I remember being confused by the plot, but I didn't really care -- so long as the robots fought."

He tosses the robot back into the pile. "Dad, one more question."

"Yes, son?"

"Why does the robot have muscles?"
Steven S. DeKnight John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Zhang Jin Travis Beacham Universal Pictures

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