Pacific Rim: Uprising is only interested in the giant-robot fights
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The downside of sequels is that they so rarely have anything new to offer. Unless theyre part of a planned, ongoing storyline, like the Star Wars or Harry Potter movies, sequels are usually about mechanically reproducing the most popular parts of the original film, and making them bigger, louder, and faster. But the faster part can be one of the upsides of sequels. Once a franchise-launching film gets all the roadblocks of world-building, exposition, and character development out of the way, sequels have a clear road to the action, and they can rev the motor and speed along without impediment.
That certainly holds true for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the slick, upbeat sequel to Guillermo del Toros giant-monster movie Pacific Rim. The…