Pacific Rim: Uprising is the sequel to Pacific Rim. The sequel will star members of the cast fro the previous movie, but focus on the adoptive brother of the character Mako Mori, played by Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ John Boyega. It will also star Scott Eastwood and Tian Jing. The trailer released for New York Comic Con 2017 sent fans into a tizzy of anticipation.
The best summary of the trailer: giant battling robots, inspiring speech, gathering of heroes, cool music, select fights scenes that don’t give too much away, and the revelation of the bigger Kaiju.
The best thing about the trailer is the effects. The mecha, called Jaeger, and other CGI monsters look fantastic (at least much better than some other movies coming out soon–here’s looking at you, Justice League). For the backdrop of the trailer’s action scenes, Boyega’s character is giving an inspiring speech to get everyone to fight against the reemergence of the Kaiju. Honestly, it’s a great speech, like every other inspiring call-to-action in big blockbuster movies. It’s Boyega’s delivery of that speech that makes it so good. I think that his character will be a good leader, but might feel overshadowed by his father, played by Idris Elba, in the first movie.
None of the other characters shown are speaking or doing anything but fighting, so I can’t tell their roles yet. I’m sure with subsequent trailers, the others characters will be profiled more.
In the first movie the Kaiju’s inter-dimensional portal was closed and the plot finished. Somehow, someway, the Kaiju (the giant bug-like monsters that the heroes fight) get back to earth. Even better or worse, there’s a bigger one than normal, so I’m wondering if the Kaiju from he first movie were younger ones and the bigger Kaiju are older and stronger. How did the Kaiju get back to Earth? And are there other threats to Earth?
I have so many questions, but my main one is don’t the Jaeger have the upper-hand as the Jaeger-pilot program expanded from the first movie? Shouldn’t they have more than four or five giant robots by now? Who ever was in charge did not prepare well for another resurgence of Kaiju. Tsk. tsk.
The trailer’s very short, but it doesn’t give away any details. The plot is super-vague and very similar to the first movie. What else is going on? What will be different from the first movie other than the bigger Kaiju? The trailer probably was made this way, but it begs more questions than answers. Good trailers normally do.
To conclude, Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer is quite interesting and makes you curious for more.