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Normally the folks over at Honest Trailers only target one movie in each of their videos, but the latest Honest Trailer is an exception. This past spring saw the release of Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim Uprising, the former being a reboot of the Angelina Jolie-led Tomb Raider films (albeit being inspired by the same-named 2013 video game) and the latter being a sequel to the Guillermo del Toro-helmed first round of Jaeger vs. Kaiju action. Because the Honest Trailer folks found Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim Uprising to be "aggressively okay," they've decided to mash their critiques on both movies together rather than separately, which you can watch below.
This Honest Trailer doesn't waste any time tearing into Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim Uprising, declaring that the only reasons these movies were made is because Warner Bros acquired the Tomb Raider intellectual property from Paramount, and Comcast, which owns Universal Pictures, noticed that Pacific Rim over performed in China. But even though their premises are quite different, Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim Uprising to have some similarities, including the main protagonists (Lara Croft and Jake Pentecost) dealing with "daddy issues" and "Japanese MacGuffins," as well as the movies opening with fun sequences, but descending into "by-the-numbers action."
Critically speaking, Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim Uprising both earned mixed reception overall, and while Tomb Raider managed to perform decently at the box office, earning over $273 million worldwide off a $90 million budget, Pacific Rim Uprising's box office haul wasn't quite as admirable, only taking in $290 million worldwide, more than $100 million less than its predecessor. As this Honest Trailer posits, both movies might have benefitted from having a little more of what the other movie had in excess, i.e. Pacific Rim Uprising should have been grounded more in reality and Tomb Raider should have had more fantastical elements and "fun." It's not like either of these movies were theatrical disasters by any means, but rather than going down in film history as classics, Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim Uprising will primarily be found either as Redbox rentals or on the FX channel on a Sunday afternoon.
As things stand right now, it's unclear whether Tomb Raider or Pacific Rim Uprising will get sequels, though they both ended with teases for a follow-up adventure. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates on either franchise, and in the meantime, feel free to look through our 2018 release schedule to find out what movies are coming out later this year.