(This review may contain spoilers).
I did watch the prequel to this movie, but I didn’t really remember much about it, other than there being giant robots that that served as flight suits.
I felt that the strongest part of this movie was the characters, especially the interactions between Jake and Amara and Jake and Nate. I did, however, think that the obligatory love triangle was boring. Jules really wasn’t developed enough for me to care about her on her own, let alone who was going to get into her pants.
I did really like Amara…but, to be honest, I liked most of the recruits. It was good to see some of the problems with linking when they were inside the robots, but I felt that Amara’s hangups disappeared too quickly.
It wasn’t very clear exactly why the humans believed with such certainty that the aliens would return. They were right, of course, but I could imagine them being seen as just paranoid up until that point.
It was nice to see the action scenes, but I felt there were too many ‘redshirts’ – most of the people who died were nameless characters I’d formed no emotional connection to, with a couple of exceptions.
I would have found this movie to be more engaging if more time had been spent developing the characters and their relationships – NOT romance – with each other. A lack of emotional connection to all but the main characters meant I was just watching a lot of random people get hurt towards the end. And I’d forgotten who some of those involved in the major battle at the end were.
The fight scenes were engaging and I really did enjoy watching the ‘giant robots’ battling it out. I just wish the movie had handled things a bit better in regards to the secondary characters.