Excerpt: While it is a significant drop in quality from the first film, there is still a broad, if superficial, appeal to a more younger audience, who might latch onto the frantic pacing and the new, young characters.
Excerpt: With expectations set very low, Pacific Rim Uprising will mildly satisfy fans of the first movie and if taken as pure popcorn escapism. Otherwise, audiences will quickly fall asleep, waking only to the ear-piercing robot mayhem.
Excerpt: Subtlety would ruin the appeal of Pacific Rim: Uprising, perhaps even more so than it would the original. Like its predecessor, it basks in its own base idiocy, reveling in the B-movie monster pics that inspired it while making no attempt to elevate the form in any meaningful way. (I mean this all to be complimentary, for the record.)