Pacific Rim Uprising

is a 2018 American science fiction film directed by Steven S. DeKnight (in his feature-film directorial debut) and written by DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin. It is the sequel to the 2013 film Pacific Rim, with Guillermo del Toro, director of the original, serving as a producer here.

The sequel stars John Boyega (making his producer debut) as well as Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Adria Arjona, and Zhang Jin, with Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman returning from the original film.

Set in the year 2030, the plot follows humanity needing to again fight Kaiju, giant monsters set on destroying the world.

Big bangs and crash-whollup.  Its big machines hitting each other and monsters from another dimension. Enjoyable while it lasted, but very forgettable.


Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island
by Jeremy Robinson (2017)

U.S. Army Ranger, Rowan Baer, is invited to provide security to a research team visiting the most dangerous island in the world–North Sentinel Island in the Sea of Bengal.
Talia Mayer, is recruited to study the island’s elusive inhabitants–the Sentinelese–who have resided on the tropical island since the dawn of mankind. Mahdi Barakat, is given little choice: join the expedition and make contact with the Sentinelese, or be left to face the men tracking him down.

As part of an expedition funded by the Indian government and supported by a local resort millionaire, the team struggles to make contact with the Sentinelese, a tribal people renowned for their violence, strange behavior, and mysterious ways. But when the expedition’s yacht strikes a reef, and sinks, the team finds themselves stranded on an island few people have ever set foot on and survived, an island that they quickly discover is home to far more than primitive tribal people.

If it wasn’t for the cover, I wouldn’t have thought this was not written by Robinson. It has a slower build to the action, the pacing is a bit slower and has less of the breathless action style normally associated with his writing.

It’s also unashamedly a horror novel. The usual aspects of science fiction and mythology are turned down and the gore factor ratcheted up.

Despite all that, it’s still a good read and will appeal more to the horror fans than the sci-fi ones.