(2018) (John Boyega, Scott Eastwood) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi Action: Humans pilot giant robots named Jaegers to defend Earth against giant monsters that bring apocalyptic destruction to our planet.
- It has been 10 years since humanity won the war against the Kaiju monsters that attacked Earth, but some of the world's cities still lie in ruins. Amid those ruins, Jake Pentecost (JOHN BOYEGA) makes a living as a scavenger who raids old battle zones and military bases for parts of the Jaeger super-robots that humans piloted to defeat the extraterrestrial beasts. He meets teenager Amara (CAILEE SPAENY), an orphaned scavenger who has been swiping parts to build her own Jaeger so she won't have to rely on others to save her when the Kaiju return.
They are both apprehended by authorities. Jake is saved from serving prison time, though, by his half-sister, Mako Mori (RINKO KIKUCHI). Mako was one of the heroes of the great war, and she is now high up in the government. Jake is given a choice. Go to jail or rejoin the military and live up to his late, legendary father's legacy. He chooses the latter and is told that one of the young people he will be training to become a Jaeger pilot is Amara.
Once back on base, he renews his rivalry with fellow Jaeger pilot Nate Lambert (SCOTT EASTWOOD). Meanwhile, Amara tries to fit in with her fellow cadets who include a hard-edged Russian named Viktoria (IVANNA SAKHNO) and the helpful Jinhai (WESLEY WONG). Their efforts may all be for naught as Dr. Newton Geiszler (CHARLIE DAY) and his boss, Liwen Shao (TIAN JING), threaten to replace the human-controlled Jaeger program with a drone version. Newton's colleague, Dr. Hermann Gottlieb (BURN GORMAN), suspects there is something more at play. It is soon learned that a traitor is indeed in their midst, one who hopes to re-summon the Kaiju to destroy Earth.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Kids will definitely be attracted to the young cast and the giant robots fighting giant monsters storyline, especially if they enjoyed the first film.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sequences of sci-fi violence action, and some language.
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