PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING

Cert 12A 111mins Stars 2

Bulldozing across the screen with the tone and intelligence of a low rent kids’ Saturday morning cartoon, this belated sci-fi sequel is a monotonous series of clanking CGI battles.

I loved 2014’s original adventure which barely broke even due to it’s colossal budget. Costing less and looking as if it did, this lacks the former’s visual majesty, strong character work and narrative coherence.

Set ten years later, giant robots must again defend the Earth from dinosaur-like alien monsters which emerge from the seabed.

Sadly Idris Elba doesn’t return and fortunately nor does the dull Charlie Hunnam.

Star Wars’ John Boyega tries hard as the son of Elba’s character who must live up to his father’s legacy and save the world. All he proves is an actor is only as good as the script. Which is woeful.

Mechanical martial art moves result in mass destruction, but there’s never any sense of danger and too little excitement or fun.

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