Pacific Rim: Uprising

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Surprisingly fun (but violent) monsters vs. robots sequel.
  • PG-13
  • 2018
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

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Positive Messages

Strong, rewarding teamwork is central to the story; loners and outcasts learn to work well with others and even form what's described as a "family."

Positive Role Models & Representations

One of the main characters is a young woman who can build her own robot and wants to become a pilot; she gets her chance. Another character changes from being a black-market dealer to becoming a pilot and inspiring hero. Characters are a diverse group of men and women.


Strong fantasy violence, mostly between giant robots and giant monsters. Guns, electric swords/whips, and other weapons used. Massive amounts of large-scale destruction. Minor characters die. A bloody hand is shown. Acid drips onto an arm. Creepy alien-related imagery. Minor wounds. A young girl is in peril during a flashback sequence. Humans punch and shove each other.


Flirting. Two men both seem to like the same woman, and she kisses each of them on the cheek.


Fairly infrequent use of words including "s--t," "son of a bitch," "ass," "goddamn," "bastard," "boobs," "butt," and "screw that," plus middle-finger gestures.


Oreo cookies shown. Giant robots and monsters seem primed to sell toys and action figures.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

At a party, a main character pours a bottle of alcohol on the ground; empty bottles are littered in pool the next morning. Main character later sips a beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pacific Rim: Uprising is the sequel to 2013's Pacific Rim. Like the first movie, it has tons of explosive, large-scale action/fantasy violence. The giants shoot and beat one another up with fists and various weapons, leading to massive destruction and offscreen deaths. There's also some creepy, alien-related imagery, a little blood, and fighting/punching. Two men have a crush on the same woman; she kisses them both on the cheek, but nothing more comes of it. Language includes a smattering of words like "s--t," "ass," "bastard," "bitch," etc. An adult character drinks a couple of times. Guillermo Del Toro didn't direct this one as he did the original (he was a producer this time around), but it's still surprisingly fun, with some very likable and fairly positive, diverse characters who work together well as a team. John Boyega and Scott Eastwood co-star.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLinea W. March 26, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising

The movie and the acting was just ok. The film may seem geared towards children but it is full of profanity with words including @ss, [email protected], and a discussion abo... Continue reading
Adult Written byRarityfan2019 March 8, 2020

I am not your toy

Bigger kaujis, bigger SFX and some out of context. Made for big boys and girls that loves the Godzilla movies.
Teen, 17 years old Written byShowman movie13 April 16, 2021

Terrible Sci-Fi Robot movie; waste of time

This movie was so boring; the action was lame and acting was lame, too. I could not watch the whole movie because it was bad! It was a waste of my time, for sur... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byNoahcdwdde March 17, 2021

This is great

It is not a bad movie yes it has a few bad words but we kids hear that stuff all the time

What's the story?

In PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, 10 years have passed since the big battle between the invading giant monsters (the "Kaiju") and the human-made giant robots (the "Jaegers"). Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), son of fallen hero General Pentecost, now passes his time stealing and selling items on the black market. While trying to nab a valuable power source, he loses it to another thief, a young girl named Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny), who's building her own mini-Jaeger. They're caught and sent to the Jaeger base, where Amara trains to become a cadet and Jake to take his place as a ranger. Before long, a rogue Jaeger attacks, and Jake and his fellow ranger, Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood), underestimate it and lose. But when they follow a clue and discover who (or what) is piloting it, it leads to a long-gestating plot: The Kaiju will rise again.

Is it any good?

This monsters vs. robots sequel is, surprisingly, much more than a dashed-off afterthought; it's speedy, nimble, fun, and -- best of all -- it doesn't take itself too seriously. Guillermo Del Toro, who directed the original Pacific Rim (2013), opted not to hold the reins for Pacific Rim: Uprising, instead taking a back seat as producer and handing the project over to Steven S. DeKnight, a TV director and producer who makes his feature directing debut here. He turns in a shorter, leaner movie, spending less time on exposition in favor of quick, potent, and often funny interactions.

In addition to creating likable characters, the band of screenwriters actually came up with a decent reason for a second movie, digging into the first one and coming up with believable roots for a new attack. Meanwhile, the battle scenes are as effective as ever: huge, colorful, and with a genuine sense of weight, scale, and height. The clever idea allows for cutting to the fighters inside the robots, guiding their actions and adding a human element to the fights. All in all, that's what viewers of this kind of movie actually want to see: an awesome, massive, roller coaster-sized spectacle. Pacific Rim: Uprising has it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Pacific Rim: Uprising's violence. Does it have the same kind of impact as more realistic fighting and destruction? Could the movie have succeeded with less violence?

  • Is Amara a positive role model? How does she change over the course of the movie? Is she admirable? What about the other characters?

  • How did teamwork help the characters achieve their goal? If you'd been on the team, which character(s) would you have wanted to work with? Why?

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