As a ride or die fan and enthusiast for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, there’s a natural intrigue at re-joining the world that I enjoyed so much the first time around. However, once you realize that del Toro isn’t directing and the fact that, really, it makes no sense to continue on in this story when it was so well-resolved the first time around, trepidation starts to settle in.
That concern is easy to ignore though when it’s John Boyega taking the lead this time around with the other actors from the first film rounding out the cast (minus Charlie Hunnam). I’d be lying to you all, and myself, if I denied my excitement to dive back in, potential for disaster placed in the back of my mind. At the very least the first trailer offers up what looks to be an action-packed ride.
Are you hopeful? Or are you just ready to watch Kaiju and Jaeger’s duke it out again?
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.
Pacific Rim: Uprising hits theaters March 23rd, 2018.