A rockem’, sockem’ Pacific Rim


The highly anticipated sequel to blockbuster action film Pacific Rim was released in late March. The film saw new stars, new kaiju, and new shifts in character development.

For those who’ve seen the first, the new main character is the son of Stacker Pentecost, who sacrificed himself in the first film. His name is Jake Pentecost and he is a black market regular since retiring from the Jaeger cadet program.

Another new face is Nate Lambert, played by Scott Eastwood, a former friend and co-pilot to Jake. Nate and Jake are tasked with helping to groom new recruits.

The program is then threaded by Shao Corporations, which is developing drones to replace Jaegers. Since the war that took place in the first movie, there hasn’t been much activity from the malicious Kaiju, the alien species trying to destroy the planet.

Some familiar faces included the two scientists that provided comic relief in the original, Herman Gottlieb and (Newt) Geiszler.

When rouge Jaegers and strange Kaiju activity starts to take place, it is up to Jake, Nate, and the Cadets to figure out what’s wrong and save the day.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a respectable sixty percent in their review, saying “it delivers enough of the rock ’em-sock ’em robots-vs.-kaiju thrills that fans of the original will be looking for.”

For fans of the first, especially those who want to see the aftermath of the war, it is definitely worth the watch. Upon review, it is easy to say it delivered an adequate amount of thrill, and did a good job at continuing the Pacific Rim universe.

A solid four out of five Viking Heads.