PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Family Movie Review

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By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT

WHAT’S PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING ABOUT?

A decade after mankind triumphed over alien monsters, a new threat forces us to suit up in giant robot suits and fight back (Rent or buy it here)

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-)

My six year old loved the rock-em-sock-em action!

Trading in Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam for John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, this “new generation” sequel lacks the directorial flourishes Guillermo del Toro brought to the first film and the characters, while well-performed, are caricatures of every man vs. apocalypse movie you’ve ever seen. Still, when the monsters are unleashed and soldiers in giant robot suits get to battling them, there’s plenty of seat-rattling, eye-popping fun to be had.

IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR FAMILY?

There are a handful of moderate profanities, a raised middle finger, a briefly shirtless man, and plenty of robot vs. monster violence (with some alien blood and implied human casualties.

ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?

Do not undervalue the young and inexperienced; they may have talents and strength that we don’t see. Don’t run from tragedy and pain; face what you’ve gone through head on in order to heal.

For more monster-on-the-loose fun, check out the original King Kong! Rent or buy it here.

Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality. 

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