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PA­CIFIC RIM: UP­RIS­ING (M)

Ten years af­ter the de­struc­tion caused by the war be­tween Kaiju (giant sea mon­sters) and Jaegers (giant ro­bots con­trolled by hu­mans), the threat of round two sur­faces. Jake Pen­te­cost (John Boyega), son of Stacker Pen­te­cost, re­unites with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to lead a new gen­er­a­tion of Jaeger pi­lots, in­clud­ing ri­val Lam­bert (Scott East­wood) and 15-year-old hacker Amara (Cailee Spaeny), against the lat­est Kaiju threat. De­spite the in­ven­tive premise, it still re­mains dif­fi­cult to dif­fer­en­ti­ate this fran­chise from the Trans­form­ers one. There is a lot of CGI may­hem and largescale de­struc­tion but the fun doesn’t click into gear un­til the fi­nal third. Set­ting a chunk of it in Syd­ney will give Aussies a kick.

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