Considering the huge success of Pacific Rim (2013) in mainland China and the fact that Legendary Entertainment were sold to Wanda Group in 2016, the sequel has the access to unleash the full power. But here’s what we’re afraid of; not the fact that more Asian faces dominate the screen but the risk of this sequel loses its emotional touch.
Unfortunately, the trailer shows it already. After a brief of introduction of how the past leads the future now, it’s packed with spectacular visuals of Jaeger VS Kaiju we’d seen before. Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak) is no longer on board directing, entrusting Steven S. DeKnight to handle another apocalypse coming up, resulting in most aspects look sloppy, overwhelmed, and less authentic.
The rejuvenated Gypsy Danger, now is called Gypsy Avenger, looks gigantic rather than heroic. The leads get risky business too. All are brand new after Charlie Hunnam (The Lost City of Z, King Arthur: Legend of Sword) failed to reprise his role, thus brought Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) off the field. A chemistry must once again found as the sequel brings in new synchronized minds among Stacker Pentecost (Idrid Elba)‘s son (John Boyega), Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and a potentially orphaned teenage girl named Amara Namani.
Uprising remarks the comeback of Pacific Rim after 4 years, however, marking its event 10 years after the Battle of the Breach (read: in 2025). The plot pretty much follows what happened previously, now with more prepared Jaegers yet unanticipated Kaijus. The Jaeger Program has got a massive enhancement as an anticipation of any future threat. The design looks more futuristic, the body gets jetpack to soar up to outer space as the new threat is predicted to come from above.
Jake (John Boyega) is seen giving out motivational speech just like his father did. Mako is now in charged for everything off the field along with Jing Tian (The Great Wall, King Kong: Skull Island) in the team. Oh, we miss Raleigh Becket (Hunnam) already!
Release Schedule: March 2018