Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim may not have been the critical and financial darling Legendary hoped for, but it turned enough of a profit — and garnered a strong enough fan-following — to warrant a sequel. Although Del Toro didn’t returned to the director’s chair, the world he created is back, this time guided by Steven S. DeKnight. It’s been more than four years since Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kinkuchi’s characters joined forces to man their Jaegers and cancel the Apocalypse, and now the giant machines are back to deliver to monster-punching goods once more.
The Kaiju have returned, and they look angrier than ever. Now that the first official trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising has been released, we’re here to break down everything it reveals about the highly-anticipated sequel.
It comes as no surprise to learn that the Kaiju have returned to attack the Earth once more. As the trailer begins, we see Cailee Spaeny’s character Amara Namani surrounded by flames, amid the destruction of what appears to be the new base of operations of the Jaeger Program. We then see the carcass of a Kaiju scattered amid the rubble of a city, as quite a few of the mouth-glowing monsters lay waste to whatever stands before them. This is business as usual for these creatures — it’s what we’ve come to expect from the interdimensional invading force.
However, it seems like this time they have returned with an added feature, a new weapon that makes them even stronger. As we hear mentioned in the trailer, “They’ve evolved.” And to hammer home that fact, we see the terrifying truth of that statement: the Kaiju, at least some of them, can now combine to create an even bigger, even more destructive beast, Megazord-style.
It seems like any Kaiju can give the humans a run for their money, but their evolution into something even more massive and lethal will prove to be a challenge to defeat, something that, as we have seen, will require all Jaeger-hands on deck.
A New Generation of Fighters
The original movie may have ended with its two main heroes, Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori, very much alive, but already Uprising looks to intoruce a whole new generation of heroes to fight the Kaiju. For now, it appears as if 10 years have passed between the two films, but we don’t know yet know what happened to Charlie Hunnam’s character. This time around, our main character is Jake Pentecost, played by John Boyega. If the Pentecost surname sounds familiar, that’s because Jake is the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecoast, who heroically sacrificed himself in the original film to give the humans the chance to defeat their invaders.
We even see a quick shot of Stacker’s picture, presumably in Jake’s home. We have no doubt that Jake will strive to live up to his father’s legacy as one of the Earth’s defenders, and judging by the way the young hero addresses his fellow troops, he can definitely deliver a speech to rival the inspiring fighting words of his own father.
As fans of the original movies know, it takes two to tango — or rather, to pilot a Jaeger. Jake’s partner will be Nate Lambert, played by Scott Eastwood. From what we have seen, Nate can be just as efficient inside a Jaeger’s head as firing a weapon of his own when there are no other options. He’s a fighter, through and through.
Rounding out the cast of new characters is newcomer Cailee Spaeny as Amara Namani. We know little about her, but it sure looks like she can handle her own in the drift, where she will join forces with two other pilots. Plus, she has the moves, and the attitude, that makes her a perfect Jaeger pilot candidate.
There also appears to be many other new pilots in the Jaeger program, whom we will no doubt find a lot more about as the release of film approaches. But if there is one thing we do know, it’s that there seems to be a lot of rivalry between the recruits, considering that, on two separate occasions in the trailer, we see two Jaegers brutally battling each other.
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