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Pacific Rim: Uprising - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Mind-Numbing Entertainment!"

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight and starring John Boyega in the lead role, Pacific Rim: Uprising is the sequel to 2013 hit science-fiction film, Pacific Rim which was directed by the recent Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro. 

Ten years after the Battle of the Breach, while the world is still slowly recovering from the nightmare, the PPDC (Pan-Pacific Defence Corps) is coerced by a proposal from the Shao Corporations to replace the traditional Jaegers with a drone program which offers to produce remote controlled Jaegers for the entire world. While waiting for a final assessment to determine the authorization of the drones at a PPDC council meeting, a new threat emerges from beneath the sea and wrecks havoc on the entire city which induces the PPDC to take charge and eliminate the unknown threat expeditiously.

So, let's kick off with the positives, before walking into this movie, my expectations were plain and simple, I wanted to see giant robots fight giant monsters and did the film deliver on that level? Yes! It certainly did! The action sequences in the film looked grandiose and DeKnight made sure that they're terrifically executed. The fight scenes between the Jaegers and Kaijus were mesmerizing to watch when compared to Michael Bay's Transformers and are broadly entertaining.

John Boyega, the lead, and the producer of the film was fantastic as the main protagonist, his alluring on-screen charisma, the ability to light up his character should be appreciated as he is one of the bright spots in the entire movie. Also, the visual effects looked awe-inspiring, I'm sure that 80% of the film was shot with a green screen behind and it transformed really well on the big screen.

Although I didn't expect much, they're a few negatives in the film that I should discuss. The storyline, characters, dialogue and the overall writing of the film is a giant letdown. Few lines were cheesy and predictable because the plot is utterly generic and lackluster. Almost all the characters in the film excluding Boyega and Cailee were under-developed, easily forgettable and were overall wasted throughout the runtime which was a bummer.

Nevertheless, Pacific Rim: Uprising suffers from its weak writing problems but ultimately entertains as an overall film, If you're looking for few well-shot and impressive action sequences then I recommend you to watch this film as its a fun-popcorn theatre experience.

My Rating - 2.75/5 | Grade - C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Splendid Building-Block for Episode IX."

[Before I share my thoughts on The Last Jedi, I want you guys to be clear that I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, although I thoroughly enjoy watching these movies. So, if I get one or two references wrong, please don't bomb me with hate comments. I'll do my best!]

The Central Government of the Galaxy is now gone and General Leia Organa's (Carrie Fisher) Resistance is on their own to fight a long impending battle against the heinous First Order governed by the Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and administered by Kylo Ren / Ben Solo (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). The film starts with Commander Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac) leading a group of X-Wing pilots to destroy the cannons of their rivals which kicks off the war between the good and the evil. On the other side, Rey (Daisy Ridley) is busy convincing Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the Jedi Temple to join his sister's army and fight the battle against the First Order.

Between all the overwhelming positives in the film, the one that stood out the most for me is the development of characters. Writer and Director Rian Johnson took the new undefiled characters from The Force Awakens and established them by giving strong character moments and most importantly equal importance in the film. The scenes between Rey, Luke, and Kylo Ren were the ones that I enjoyed the most. Rey trying to understand her status and learning the powers of The Force. Luke trying to break out from his past experiences that he had with Ben and his other trainees and have a peaceful death. And Kylo struggling with his conflicting opinion whether to comply with Snoke's commands or to turn against him and join The Resistance with his mother. 

Poe had a much more prominent role to play in this movie when compared to The Force Awakens. His scenes with Leia worked really well and with him nurtured as the next Leader of the Resistance and a possible romantic angle with Rey, I'm really excited to see the progression of his character in Episode IX. The storyline between Finn and the newly-introduced character Rose was a bit of letdown for me and I should say that this the only negative I have with the film for now, after watching it once. The romantic angle between them and the whole situation in Canto Bight with the rich and the poor people and the treatment of animals felt below par and briefly took the excitement away from the film.

The actions sequences (as most of the fans are already going insane about) were one of the best I've seen in any Star Wars movie. They kept me on-the-edge of my seat the whole time and were flat-out entertaining to watch. The background score by John Williams was again outstanding and the performances by the complete cast particularly by Daisy Ridley, Oscar Issac, and Adam Driver were astounding.

Overall, The Last Jedi is not only a great Star Wars film, but it also served as a perfect continuation of the franchise by building up great characters which are passionate and intriguing to carry on in the next movie. They're loads of questions still left unanswered, however, I had a great time watching the new episode in the greatest saga ever told.

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A (The Best One Around!) 
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Movie Posters - Click Here

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