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Trailer Dump: Godzilla, Superheroes & Comic-Con

Trailer Dump: Godzilla, Superheroes & Comic-Con

In case you’ve been living under a rock we’ve got a whole treat-load of trailers for you. From Comic-Con we have M. Night Shyamalan’s probably most anticipated movie of his career, the sequel to Unbreakable. The new Fantastic Beasts trailer. The full trailer for the epic new Godzilla! DC’s new line up of movies and TV Shows. The new series from the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama. As well as the excellent new Image Comics TV Series from Marvels the Russo Brother’s, directors of Infinity War and Civil War.

Glass

This sequel was eighteen years in the making. Starring the returns of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson from Unbreakable, including James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy from the surprise sequel Split. Clearly there is a lot to unpack here with this realistic take on the superhero genre, as no one believes them. This may be M. Night Shyamalans’ most anticipated movie of all time.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, this may be what you’re most excited for! Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, with friends in tow for this magical mystery movie, with all new and fantastic beasts. The brilliant casting of Jude Law as a young Dumbledore means this is one to keep your eye on and save a date in the calendar for. Treat yourself to a little magical joy here!

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

This looks EPIC! If you don’t like giant monster movies, then you don’t have much business seeing this movie but… if you love them then this is what you’ve been waiting for! Destruction on a scale like we’ve never seen before! Godzilla! Mothra! Rodan! King Ghidorah! The beasts have been awoken to fight the virus that is humanity. The first Godzilla may have been a little disappointing but Kong was fun (they share the same universe) and this looks the best yet.

SHAZAM!

What if a child could be Superman? Is the basic premise for the DC hero Shazam (or Captain Marvel depending). Now we have a first look at this brand new DC movie. Billy Batson is given the powers of SHAZAM by a great old wizard. This certainly looks different to anything we’ve seen before from DC and even really a big superhero movie. We aren’t too sure what to think yet, but it looks like fun for the family. What do you think?

Aquaman

A man trapped between land and sea. We finally have our first trailer for Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa! A lot of people have been eagerly awaiting this. Now it’s here what are your thoughts? Aquaman was possibly the best part of Justice League but that’s not saying much and unfortunately at this time it doesn’t look much better.  We were hoping for something more similar to Wonder Woman and Man of Steel. We can only wait and see now. Black Manta does look cool though. Now you can own your very own Aquaman here!

Supergirl Season 4

Supergirl returns in this all new trailer for season 4. The woman of steel has had a strong run of series so far and hopefully they can keep it going and avoid any kryptonite. Have you been keeping up to date with this super series? Are you looking forward to what comes next?

Arrow Season 7

Arrow has gone through a lot of tough times recently, not managing to give the fans what they want. Are you still watching? Either way, something must be working right for them as they are making their seventh season and if nothing else you have to appreciate and be thankful for the universe they helped create. If you are a fan that is.

The Flash Season 5

The Flash is back and just in time. Arguably the best of DC’s TV shows, last season left us with a lot of questions even after Barry and team Flash beat the Thinker. Mostly about the new member of the team who showed up throughout the last season before revealing herself to the team. We will finally be able to see get his Flash ring too! ARe you excited for this new season? Pick up your own Flash here, quick before they’re gone in a hurry.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 4

The Legends of Tomorrow today! It seems the legends haven’t caught the eye of many in the general public, but it is a great bit of fun to watch and they have their own core group of followers. Now they have returned for a fourth season to meddle with time once more. Find more legendary DC products here!

Disenchantment

The new series from Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons and Futurama, Disenchantment! His very distinctive style is now a part of the fantasy genre, where misadventure awaits! Coming straight to Netflix so you can binge watch at your leisure. Groening hasn’t released anything new since Futurama first released in 1999, will this be another hit?

Deadly Class

This great new looking series comes from SyFy, who have been on a roll recently after once being considered a joke for their original content. Deadly Class, adapted from the hit comic book series, about a secret underground school of deadly assassins. The comic is well worth checking out and this looks to be following suit. Will you be checking it out?

Anyway, we hope you enjoyed these trailers, tell us, which one was your favourite? What are you looking forward to most?

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Trailer Dump: A Look at Upcoming Movie’s & TV Shows

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Trailer Dump: A Look at Upcoming Movie’s & TV Shows

A lot of trailer’s have dropped in recent days, thanks in part to the San-Diego Comic-Con, which has released a lot of awesome stuff. So much awesome stuff you might not have been able to catch it all. We know how difficult it can be staying on top of all the new movies and TV shows coming out. You are bound to let a few trailers and announcements go by missed. We’re here to help you catch up with our trailer dump. A wide variety of all the new trailer’s, so check them out below and let us know what you think in the comments.

The Walking Dead Season 9

It’s no longer just about surviving zombies in this trailer for the latest series about The Walking Dead. Now they have to survive each other as they try and climb their way back to a civil way of living. The five minutes of footage gives you plenty to look at and guess about. Including what appears to be our first look at the Whisperers.

Young Justice: Outsiders

Star Wars The Clone Wars isn’t the only animated show being revived this year. So too returns the beloved DC’s Young Justice. We now have five minutes of footage to share with everyone. The trailer mainly recaps what happened in the last season and where we left off with our heroes before showing the state of the world they now live in. We can’t wait to see this, streaming on DC Universe.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Reach Monarch is the first sneak peek at the new Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie, starring Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things fame. Monarch is the company that ties the two franchises, Godzilla and King Kong, together. Godzilla will face off against Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, undoubtedly King Kong will be teased at some point for the King Kong vs. Godzilla movie. You may notice that her bandages have a loose grip on existence.

Nightflyers

Nightflyers is the new TV show from the brilliant mind of George R.R. Martin, creator of Game of Thrones. This series is drastically different from what we’re used to with Martin, being it is the sci-fi genre and not fantasy. Nightflyers is brought to you by none other than SyFy and Netflix, who did a great job with Happy! Nightflyers however looks more like a mind-bending horror series akin to Event Horizon.

A Prayer Before Dawn

This fantastic trailer is about the true to life story of a British prisoner, Billy Moore, in Thailand who has to box his way out of the hellhole he found himself in. This looks like a star turn for the young talent Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders/Green Room/Black Mirror) who plays Moore. It looks brutal, gritty, gripping and true to life. A Prayer Before Dawn is based on the autobiography of the same name.

Doctor Who Season 11

The new Doctor Who trailer is finally here after the controversial casting of Jodie Whittaker, as the first ever female Doctor. “New faces, new worlds, new times.” Is the perfect way to describe any season of Doctor Who, and now we are on for a new adventure with Whittaker in the titular role.

Titans

If Young Justice wasn’t enough to sate your appetite of Teen Titans action, here is the first trailer for Titans. A surprisingly NSFW trailer. It has conflicting tones with that of being an overtly childlike superhero show, in terms of production and story, mixed with what seems to be an unnecessary amount of grit and angst. We have yet to see if any of it pays off. Robin however looks to be committing Batman’s cardinal sin, the no kill rule, and that is a no go for upholding character representation.

Overlord

This crazy stupid fun looking trailer for Overlord, is WW2 with zombies. Basically COD zombie mode, it was rumoured to be the new Cloverfield sequel for a long time. Many people believe that is now not the case, however only time will tell if they tie this into the franchise. Which is not outside the realm of possibility. Especially if they are using Die Glocke (There is a lot of bells ringing) which could show all kinds of crazy dimensions and futures.

Anyway, we hope you enjoyed these trailers, tell us which one was your favourite? What are you looking forward to most?

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Star Wars: Return of the Clone Wars #CloneWarsSaved

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Star Wars: Return of the Clone Wars #CloneWarsSaved

When Disney and Lucasfilm decided that The Clone Wars animated TV series was expendable, the fans exclaimed “not to me!” Five years later, in a dark Hall at San-Diego Comic-Con, during The Clone Wars tenth anniversary panel, an announcement was made… #CloneWarsSaved. Thanks to fan outcry all across the world Lucasfilm have brought back the much beloved animated show. Twelve all new episodes to be aired on Disney’s new streaming service! This is a great expression of fandom and a show of exactly what your voices can do in a community you love.

The Clone Wars went in depth on the main characters such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan-Kenobi, Padme Amidala and Yoda. Created great new characters such as Ahsoka Tano. Revived fan-favourites like Darth Maul. Shed light on the background characters such as Plo Koon. Even weaved a tapestry of personality and individuality into the Clones themselves. There was something to be loved by everyone in there, and it shows now more than ever with it’s revival.

You can keep up to date with more news at StarWars.com or watch the trailer and let us know what you think below!

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View from the Vault: Deadpool 2 Review

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View from the Vault: Deadpool 2 Review

Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is back, and better than ever, in this raunchy sequel to the hugely successful, record breaking, 2016 movie. You’re reading GeekVault’s review of Deadpool 2. So first things first if you’re a lover of Deadpool the movie you’re going to enjoy this sequel, if you weren’t a fan it’s best to back off and stay away because this is more of the same, just a little bigger and better. Ourselves here at GeekVault highly enjoyed this one. All of the humour, the action and the reference’s have been stepped up a notch.

So the story goes… Deadpool has been the merc with a mouth successfully running around killing bad guys for the past two years. Shacked up with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and occasionally kicking it with the X-Men, mainly Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus. When they run into Russel (Julian Dennison), a kid down on his luck, even more so now Cable (Josh Brolin) a mutant from the future has come back in time to kill him. It’s down to Deadpool, his new X-Force team and friends to stop Cable and save Russell.

First Wall: Spoiler Free!

Deadpool 2 is a barrel full of laughs and action, with a bigger budget they decided to up the ante, with great effect too. Now with director David Leitch, of John Wick and Atomic Blonde fame, it shows that they wanted to increase the action scene stakes. Right from the get go with a brilliant mercenary montage we get to see some of DP’s greatest hits of the past couple of years. The whole thing looks fantastic and it’s easy to see where Leitch’s experience has come in to play. This is another great film to go under Leitch’s belt.

Not only has the action been stepped up but the humour and the references too. Obviously feeling the pressure from the success of the first film they wanted to recapture that popularity with even more laughs. Deadpool 2 achieves this with bigger gags and more fourth wall breaking, addressing the success of the first movie. They were able to fit in more references and greater cameos. Including more snipes at the Reynolds’ X-Men Origins Deadpool and Green Lantern movie. Let it be said not all jokes are rib-crackers and if you weren’t a fan of the first one you probably won’t be a fan of this one.

Of course one of the best parts of Deadpool were the side characters. All your favourites return including Blind Al and Dopinder. Then we got some even greater new side-characters. They were all great but of course they all need screen time. Thus we didn’t get to spend as much time with returning characters as we’d have liked to. Overall however it’s a well balanced action comedy superhero film that any Deadpool fan will love. So definitely go check it out if you haven’t already.

Second Wall: Spoiler Time!

So presumably you’re reading this as you have already seen the film or you just don’t care about movie spoilers. Otherwise turn back now!

So I loved all the cameos and what they did with X-Force, although it’s a little bitter sweet. I would have loved to seen some Terry Crews Bedlam action, with Zeitgeist and Shatterstar kicking arse. Plus watching Peter and Vanisher fight would have been pretty funny, it’s a little disappointing but it’s hard to be disappointed. As soon as Bedlam crashed into that bus everybody laughed. It was a big payoff. Of course if you’d blinked you’d have missed Brad Pitt getting burnt alive on electric wires as the Vanisher. Some cameo’s that might not be as easy to recognise were Alan Tudyk and Matt Damon, as the couple of rednecks who get there van stolen and tasered by Cable when he first appears back in time, Terminator style.

It was fun to see the young X-Men, however little it made sense for them to appear in 2018. At this point you can throw X-Men timelines to the wind. However I think I would have preferred the original cast more. For the big one, no pun intended, and my personal favourite, Juggernaut! Who was voiced by none other than Ryan Reynolds. It was just so good to see a properly done Juggernaut, however little he actually had to do in the film. I would love to see him back. Along with Big Jugs came my own personal favourite joke when Deadpool tried to do the MCU Hulk lullaby on him.

Third Wall: Sucked Balls?

OK so the story wasn’t the best or most original thing out there. Now the first one was no mind blower but it felt original in it’s approach. Deadpool 2 however could have benefited a little if they even just addressed how cliched the story was. Even killing Vanessa wasn’t as hard edged as if they had just split up or gone separate ways. Though it’s hard to complain with it all wrapped up neatly, with a little bow on it… So it’s not the most original story but you don’t watch Deadpool for story, you watch for laughs and violence both of which they deliver plenty on.

The other complaint that a few have picked up on is that they don’t really have a main villain for this film. For the first half the villain is arguably Cable, Terminator style. Half way through it’s flipped and Russell and the Juggernaut are the villains. However Juggernaut doesn’t do much villainy and Russell just needs saving from himself. The true villain you’d say is Essex house, a little nod to Mr. Sinister, the mutant correctional facility Russell is growing up in.

It would have been nice had they hinted toward some more Sinister roots to the antithesis of the Xavier school, but it’s all passed over in favour of saving Russell. They also cram in that Domino was raised there, before she fights some orderlies. It would have worked better had there been a right hand to the school principal that Domino could have fought instead. However I guess not everything needs to be an end of the world situation. Just a few things could have been touched up here and there.

Fourth Wall: Break It Down.

Deadpool continues to be great and show how strong it is as a franchise. Realistically these movies can last as long as any other property, as long as audiences don’t get tired. Along with pushing for better quality movies all round. As they rightfully pointed out, without Deadpool there would be no Logan, and that would have been a loss. We all want to eventually see a complete harmonious Marvel movie universe franchise, with the merging of Fox and Disney we’re closer than ever. Deadpool would be the character to really bridge the gap between old and new. Deadpool 2 was great fun, nothing too serious, heartfelt at moments, with awesome action and lots of laughs. Not be missed by any fan, it would certainly put a smile on your face. Here’s to number 3.

GeekVault Score:

8/10

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New Poster For ANT-MAN and THE WASP!

Film Poster for Ant-Man and The Wasp

 

Marvel has released a new poster for Ant-Man and The Wasp, featuring Janet Van Dyne. Followed shortly after this release with a new trailer.

 

 

The poster gives us our very first look at Michelle Pfeiffer, as Janet Van Dyne, and she looks ready to sting! For those who need a reminder, Janet Van Dyne is Hank Pym’s wife, mother to Hope, and the original Wasp.

 

“Your mother convinced me to let her join me on my missions. They called her the Wasp. She was born to it. And there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t regret having said yes.”

-Hank Pym to Hope Van Dyne(Ant-Man 2015)

 

Janet Van Dyne sacrificed herself to save lives and by doing so became lost to the Quantum Realm.

The poster also features our first look at an unmasked Hannah John-Kamen as The Ghost.

This new trailer is a lot of fun! And I think you’re going to really enjoy what you see. It’s packed full of awesome new footage and offers some additional insight into the narrative for the next MCU movie.

Peyton Reed is directing “Ant-Man and the Wasp” with returning stars Paul Rudd, as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Pena as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, T.I. as Dave. Introducing Randall Park, as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jimmy Woo, and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster into the MCU.

Ant-Man and The Wasp will be released in UK theatres on August 3rd, 2018.

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View from the Vault: Ready Player One Review

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View from the Vault: Ready Player One Review

Ready Player One is not like it’s novel counterpart and that’s OK. It is, however, like every geek and gamer’s wet dream, and that’s great. This is GeekVault’s movie review of Ready Player One. Ready? Let’s begin. For starter’s it is a visual feast, that leaves you stuffed but asking for seconds. Secondly it’s the Where’s Wally of pop culture in fantastic film format. There is something in there for everyone and Spielberg is back with a ton of nostalgia and good feelings.

So The story goes… The year is 2045 and real life isn’t looking so good. People live in “stacks” now, trailers stacked one on top the other, the height of skyscrapers. The only place to turn is the OASIS, a virtual reality, where anything is possible. People live out there entire lives there, work, learn and most of all play. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is one of those people. Living in his aunts trailer with her string of abusive boyfriends. His only escape is through the OASIS. It’s creator, James Halliday (Mark Rylance) hid an Easter egg, after his death, within his vast reality, the finder of which would get the key to his fortune as the heir of the OASIS itself.

Thus sparks the greatest hunt ever in which Gunters (egg hunters) face off against the IOI, the second largest company with intentions on being the first. After several years of no progress the interest has died down to only the most hardcore fans until Parzival, Wade’s avatar, finds the first key. Now he must battle off against the evil IOI, headed by Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), and with the help of his friends Aech (Lena Waithe) and Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), find all three keys and win the egg.

Level 1: No Spoilers.

So firstly, we here at GeekVault, as geeks and cinephiles alike, absolutely loved Ready Player One. Every five seconds we couldn’t help but point out to one another a reference way off in the background, it was just utterly ridiculous fun. You just have to sit back, relax and go with it.

There is nothing new about this film, it’s your typical hero’s journey, mixed with popular teen dystopia rebellion against evil corporations. Which is still as poignant as it’s ever been. It’s impossible to be original these days, and this film doesn’t try and hide the fact that it is one massive movie and game reference. It is, in my opinion, the most successful retelling of where the future of technology, such as drones and virtual reality, could lead us, without keeping mega corporations in check and allowing everyone un-tampered access to the internet.

So this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, you can argue that it relies too heavily on other franchises to make this film work. Strip it all away and you have a typical heartfelt, everyday little guy stands up to the big bad company. You just have to accept that you’re going to get a hundred cameos shoved at you in one frame. If you can pretend you don’t recognise all the Overwatch/Batman characters, you’re left with the same feel good movie.

The performances from our main characters are great, especially considering half of it was CGI Mocap, it felt real and believable. Mendelsohn plays a great menacing villain once again. The humour is on point. You are thrust into the action straight from the get go and they never really take their foot off the gas. Allowing a handful of moments for you to catch your breathe. I one hundred percent recommend seeing it.

Level 2: Spoilers Ahead!

So as stated it is very different from the book, which is understandable to make it more engaging for a viewing audience. Right from the get go, the school planet, the only one Parzival can visit in the book is replaced with an epic and impossible race no one can win to get to the first key. The gates are wholly abandoned, I’m guessing due to time restraints all films must abide by.

Also forgoing Parzival using his new fame to make money sponsoring products. Buying his own planet. The long frustrating wait between finding the keys. In the movie it all happens rather consecutively one after the other. The War Games recreation is replaced rather ingeniously by a recreation of The Shining. In one of the best sequences in the film. As well as replacing Wade’s involvement on the inside of IOI with Art3mis. However the spirit and overall path taken were kept the same.

One thing I am rather thankful that they changed was the focus on the eighties, whilst still keeping it present. It didn’t feel real in the books, sure everyone loves the eighties, but it took away from all the great things that have been made since. Plus almost every kid from the twenty-forties being obsessed with only things from fifty years ago was unbelievable. This issue was resolved in the film with the inclusion of great things such as Overwatch, Street Fighter and a personal favourite, The Iron Giant, on top of tons more. I am at least now sated enough not to ask for an Iron Giant sequel for another ten years. What else is there to say? Except for… “It’s fucking Chucky!”

Level 3: Game Over?

The problems I had with this film are very miniscule, mainly that they didn’t touch on the school aspect of things. The idea in the book that everyone had a right to free learning and that’s where he hid the first key. Simon Pegg’s Ogden Morrow wasn’t a particularly big part, like the removal of his ball scene, that showed off his godly admin powers. Mainly I was just upset that they didn’t show the Iron Giant going full war mode. Though the Terminator sign off kind of made up for that. Really I find it hard to hate anything in this film, I mean, who ever thought they’d see an epic fight between The Iron Giant, MechaGodzilla and a Gundam? Is that the possibility of a live action Gundam movie we see in our future? We can only hope.

OK the character’s are a little flat and the story is a little typical, but what were you expecting? This is E.T. and the Goonies on steroids.

Continue…?

This is something I have wanted to see since I was a little kid. So many of our favourite characters under one roof, in one movie! I mean that’s why we love Marvel movies right? Why we enjoy the idea of Alien vs. Predator? Seeing these character’s come together. I think, if you hate that this is one film about a hundred other films, you were always going to hate it. Frankly, why did you even bother? But if you can let go, and just enjoy seeing these character’s interact with one another, you will love it. Just be open to some meaningful light hearted fun about video games. If anything it will leave you hopeful as an insight for the future. The technological virtual reality side anyway, not the murderous corporation dystopia. This is a future Spielberg classic, prepared to stick around for a while.

GeekVault Score:

9/10

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View from the Vault: Pacific Rim Uprising Review

View from the Vault: Pacific Rim Uprising Review

 

What’s not to love about giant robots fighting? OK so Transformers isn’t a good example, but we’re talking Pacific Rim here! This is GeekVault’s movie review of Pacific Rim Uprising. Starting without spoilers. I was sceptical going into this after watching the trailer, which left me unsatisfied. I loved what Guillermo Del Toro had achieved in the first Pacific Rim, gritty but fun and believable giant robot versus monster action. The Uprising trailer however read like a big studio getting it’s grubby hands on a small profitable movie and twisting it into a blown up mediocre mess, as we have seen happen so often. I can tell you I was wrong.

My main worries from the trailer were as follows, why are they all children? Why is John Boyega a rich party playboy kid? Why are all the robots so shiny and indiscernible? How does this little girl have her own Jaeger? Most of my concerns were addressed directly by the film and made sense within the context, other worries just washed away when you fully embraced the cheesiness of giant robot vs. monster madness.

Spoiler Free Zone

The story goes… It has been ten years since the rift was closed. Jake Pentecost (Boyega) son of famed late ranger Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) gets reenlisted to the Jaeger Pilot program after getting caught in an illegal Jaeger with Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny). They have to stick together to try and find their place in the programme, to become Jaeger pilots. Everything is knocked up a gear when the mysterious rogue Jaeger, Obsidian Fury, attacks. They have to figure out who this rogue Jaeger is and what they want. All whilst worrying about Shao Industries plans to replace pilots with drones. Featuring the return of favourite characters such as Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) Newt (Charlie Day) and Hermann (Burn Gorman).

Ultimately if you enjoyed the first Pacific Rim you will enjoy this one, it is by no means perfect, all movies have their flaws, but this one is a lot of fun. It feels different enough to be it’s own movie and yet still with the same character and heart of Del Toro’s original vision. The kid’s aren’t bad actors, they feel real, and John Boyega puts in a good leading performance, stretching his chops outside of Star Wars. Topped off with a coherent naturally progressive story and fun giant robot action. A good enjoyable family friendly movie, worth watching.

Alert! Spoilers! Alert!

OK so unless you’ve seen the film or don’t care for spoilers turn back now. You’ve been warned.

As I said before I had some fears watching the trailer and was frankly not all that interested to go see the movie. It took some convincing. I’m happy with how my concerns were resolved. They aren’t all kids, like I thought, Jake is immediately reinstated as a ranger alongside Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and the “kids” are just cadets now that the Jaeger programme is more of a police academy. They just happen to be a focal point of the story.

Also Jake was not some spoilt party kid, instead living in half of an abandoned mansion, trading and stealing goods to get by, amongst a Kaiju/Jaeger graveyard. The little girl, Amara, has built her adorable Jaeger, Scrapper, from junk that’s lying around or stolen. It is stated that there have been other homemade Jaeger’s and that they are illegal. She’s afraid, somewhat rightfully, the Kaiju will come back and, after losing her family in an attack, she wants to be prepared for when they do. It’s all understandable and works within the film.

The Problems

The shiny new robots is something I still have a problem with, it wasn’t major and I still ended up loving Bracer Phoenix and Saber Athena, but it would have been nice to have seen more variation in design, like the first Pacific Rim. Using the Russian meme song was unnecessary. Not enough of the characters died unlike the first one, which gave a realistic edge. There was no real mention of what Raleigh (Hunnam) was doing now. Drift compatibility wasn’t as important anymore. No Ron Perlman! Unfortunately it does fall foul to the trope of “kids are the only ones left to save the day”. Also somehow only the base we had focused on was able to get any Jaegers functional to fight the Kaiju worldwide, it would have been nice for a couple other’s to drop in even to just be killed.

As I said not a perfect film.

My main issue is with Mako and her death. It felt unnecessary, she was a great character that I would have loved to see piloting a Jaeger once more. It does little more than to push Jake to stay in the programme. The real problem is the gravity sling. Right before she is crashing they initiate it, at which point I’m like “great, makes sense, that’s how they will catch her”. They just use it to throw cars at the rogue Obsidian Fury! Then jump to reach, and fail, to catch Mako’s falling helicopter. They don’t even try to use the gravity sling to save her! Other than that it’s all pretty good.

Overall

I’m glad they went with Del Toro’s original plan, to make Charlie Day’s character the villain after drifting with Kaiju brain, it was up in the air for a second there, but I was happy when they finally landed on it. Look it’s exactly what it says on the tin, giant robots fighting giant robots and even bigger monsters. There is no complex thought about it. It is cheesy. It is a megaton of fun. Just go with it.

GeekVault Score:

7/10