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Pacific Rim: Uprising | 2018 | PG-13 | - 2.5.4

In this sequel a dead war hero's son (John Boyega) reluctantly takes up his father's duties and charged with training young men and women to fight an army of large reptilian enemies, he finds more determination and courage in them than he imagined as the new generation of warriors saves humanity. Also with Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Jian Tian. Directed by Steven S. DeKnight. Many lines of dialogue are spoken in Mandarin with English subtitles and several characters speak with heavy accents from Australia, China and Japan. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man at home calls into the next room, stating that he wants to have some fun in the bedroom; he places a headpiece with thick cables around his head and throws a switch that makes a large alien brain creature in a tank twitch and the man's eyes roll back in his head in ecstasy.
 A woman kisses each of two men on the cheek and walks away.
 A man says another man calls himself handsome and sexy. A man tells another man to stop thinking about a woman.
 Men and women wear rubberized skin suits that hug the curves of their chests/breasts, thighs and buttocks, a man is shown shirtless and we briefly see a woman's chest side.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Several fight scenes occur between Kaiju with rock-like plates and spikes on their heads and backs and Jaeger robots operated by pairs of humans; one Kaiju is much larger than others and has eight legs and we see thousands of smaller aliens that look like metal squids swarm over the larger monster and embed themselves in the rocky skin, forming thicker plates and making dozens of glowing eyes around the head. Three Kaijus and a rogue Jaeger destroy skyscrapers with loudly shattering glass, smoke, crunching cars, and debris in half-a-dozen scenes. Several empty cars are thrown through the air as Kaijus stomp through a city and crowds of men and women run and scream.
 A helicopter begins to crash and a giant robot falls trying to catch it; we hear a loud crash as the robot falls and the helicopter crashes in flames in the background and we later see a photo of a woman in the helicopter featured on a wall of honor, indicating she is dead. A teen robot pilot and a man connected to her through a neural device have a flashback and we see her as a little girl (about 8) as a Kaiju rises from the sea and destroys a boardwalk containing her nearby family (we hear that her family was killed) and the man shares how his father died fighting the Kaiju. Three Jaegers crash and one pilot is shown with some blood on her face and we see the charred gloved hand of another pilot and hear that he died. A few young men and young women have some scabs and drops of blood over an eyebrow or at the corner of a lip after a battle. A scientist places a brain on a table; it is purplish and has many short flap-like tendrils and we hear that it is from a race called Precursors that want to destroy the Earth.
 Four Jaegers launch into the sky and fight three Kaijus; we see punching, kicking, biting and lashing of tails and robot arms that turn to fiery swords as a teen girl and a man with a little blood on his back ride in ejection pods to safety and the girl runs to a Jaeger to help pilot it; two Kaijus are blown apart with missiles, laser beams, and machine guns (we see some neon blue material in the debris) and a Jaeger fistfights the largest Kaiju, hitting it with a lightning whip and the monster roars toward the audience (we see glowing tissue in its throat along with sharp teeth); the Jaeger smashes into the Kaiju and it slides down Mount Fuji, rises to roar into the camera and collapses, dead.
 A rogue Jaeger fights with a military robot and we hear clanging and crunching; the robots punch and throw one another, fire laser beams from their chests, a robot slams a sword into the other robot's crotch and the fight continues until there is an avalanche, the rogue falls and the other robot removes the rogue's head to find a large gray brain with tendrils that shudders and dies. A robot reaches through the body of a rogue Jaeger to remove parts and kill it. A giant rogue Jaeger rises and stomps through a city, destroying buildings and leaving shattered glass and debris as a TV screen shows violent protests in the streets with rocks being thrown and police arresting people as large machine guns on a wall shoot at the robot, which shoots and destroys them; two other Jaegers fistfight with the rogue as we hear clanging metal, crunching, and sawing as many buildings fall and people run screaming.
 A flashback shows two giant Kaiju reptiles as they rise from a lava-spewing ocean fissure and the screen fills with fire and we hear that many people died in a war with these creatures. In Honolulu and Anchorage Alaska, each of two circles of six large robots fire lasers into the sea to bring forth three huge Kaijus that travel to Tokyo where they wreck buildings and overturn empty cars as people run and scream in an extended scene (no blood is shown); we later see streets littered with people being helped by soldiers, but no injuries show.
 A man in a vault points a handgun at another man and then punches the man, saying, "Someone please kill this guy for me," the second man slams a heavy door to lock in three men and he fistfights with a man outside and runs as three men with guns chase him until they fall through a trapdoor that shuts and locks and the man jumps across a chasm, grabs a cable and swings down to a motorbike to escape. A man punches another man unconscious on a rooftop. A man says that he will end the world by blowing up Mount Fuji and creating a wall of toxic chemical fire around the Pacific Rim; a woman fires a pistol at him and misses, runs off-screen and tells another man, "Put a bullet in his head." Five men point pistols at two men and the scene cuts to an elevator where one of the second two men uses his cane to hit the groin of one of the captors and beat the other four men over the head to escape; we hear shouting and see men falling as the two captives escape. A woman and a teen boy practice light boxing until the woman slaps him in the face to stop him. Two teen girls get into a brief fistfight, punching and choking each other until a man orders them to stop (no injuries occur). A man chokes another man who limps with a cane, and then releases him.
 A man finds a young teen girl in a warehouse building a large robot and she attacks him with a metal pipe, misses, they argue and he says, "I'll kill you." Inside the robot, she makes it run and a very tall police robot approaches it; the robot rolls into a ball and rolls away after shooting a blast of electricity into the police-bot and the police-bot catches the other robot and the man and the teen girl are placed into a jail cell. Two police officers toss a man into an interview room where we see a hologram talk to him and disappear. A man in a dark room is strapped to a prisoner's chair as he shouts that he will "get everyone" (we see blood on his cheek and chin); a soldier enters the room and tells him his brain will be examined to gain information for destroying a race of alien enemies.
 A few men and women walk inside a dead robot through a hole and we see charred cables and red viscous acid that drops onto a man's coat sleeve, causing him to shout in pain and writhe on the ground (the injury is not visible) and we later see a large bandage on his arm with a small spot of blood. A squad of several drone Jaegers are operated by single humans in a lab while wearing live-action capture suits and helmets. Drones Jaegers are delivered to a city via cables attached to large aircraft and the drones begin falling apart; while in a lab, the human operators of the Jaegers convulse where they stand. A man in a lab holds up a long neon vial of glowing blue alien blood.
 We see several flashbacks of children playing, families, pilot training, and the destruction done by Kaijus. In several military and lab scenes, the screen is filled with holographic data and images of cities and robots.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 2 obscene hand gestures, 9 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, crazy, nuts, idiot, jerk, dumb, pilot chumps, freaking teenagers, insignificant joke, giant robots, killer drones, dog and pony show, sneaky, bastard, monsters, brain-thing, kids, haircut, desk jockeys, office workers), exclamations (whoa, wow, grrrr, ahhhhh, shut-up), 1 religious profanity (GD), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Thank God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man in an office pours whiskey into a short glass and drinks some of it, men and women at a party dance while holding beer bottles (no one is shown drinking) and three empty liquor bottles float in a nearby swimming pool, several bottles of beer are shown inside a refrigerator and a man takes one and drinks from it.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Global disasters, youth sent to war, famous fathers, expectations, finding oneself, leadership, courage, responsibility, teamwork, death, brainwashing, emotions, forgiveness, family, heroes, vicious aliens, sabotage, international cooperation, trust, determination, courage, survival, sacrifice, victory.

MESSAGE - During global disasters, the youth of humanity can save the world from alien and domestic enemies.

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