This is a movie review for the upcoming Pacific Rim movie.

Expect amazement, expect intensity, expect teamwork, expect fear. Expected to be amazed by Pacific Rim: Uprising. But more importantly, expect to see friends band together at all costs to achieve what seems impossible and, quite literally, save the day.

Last seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake is now caught up in the criminal underworld and has abandoned his training. But Jake is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through Earth’s cities. This comes from his estranged sister, Mako Mori, who is leading a courageous new group of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek righteousness for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global rebellion against the forces of extinction.

The team bands together further when Jake is joined by a gifted but rival pilot Lambert and the 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara, as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defence force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

However, the new instalment of the Pacific Rim series is in some ways more appealing to the younger generation, with a tone less dark than the first film and embracing the fun and wish fulfilment of piloting a giant robot to save the day. It expands beyond an already-large fan base, with the broader appeal of a fresh new, teen-connective cast. We get to see a diverse blend of both the fan-favourites and the exciting new faces to reward believers and welcome the uninitiated.

The themes throughout the movie will empower young minds to realise and utilise the strength of working in a team. Friendship and family are shown to be the most important and enabling things in life, being the only hope the characters have if they are to survive and succeed. The power of unity of friendship is developed and exposed as the story develops and we come to understand that this is the true message of the film. Not that the epic adventure and special effects aren’t equally as amazing!

Pacific Rim: Uprising will be released in New Zealand on March 22, 2018 – so book your tickets now, this one is going to be GREAT. These are the heroes of the future… join them.

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