Pacific Rim has a pretty strong following of people who loved it. I found it to be a flawed spectacle that left me wishing for a sequel so that they could make a better movie. And now we have that sequel. After its appearance at NYCC today the first trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising has landed, and it looks like a movie with Jaegers fighting Kaiju with ridiculous weapons so we know we’ve got that down.
With del Toro handing over directing duties Steven S. DeKnight taking over we’re definitely getting a bit brighter, more comicy take it appears. The Jaegers are definitely a bit more streamlined in design and this trailer leans towards a more action heavy movie with an almost Saturday morning cartoon feel. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad one. The plot (full synopsis below) seems a bit more straight forward as well, not the original was all that complex. It’ll be interesting to see if they can come up with something less generic than the characters of the first film or if we’re just going to get another monster fighting film. I’ll probably be fine with either, but I’d love for something more original to come out of this franchise.
The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.
Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate Of The Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.
Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, STARZ’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.