There’s a traitor in the ranks! Hence the return of the monstrous Kaiju in Pacific Rim Uprising, hence the welcome sight of two of the film;’s giant robotic Jaeger’s pounding the mechanical snot out of each other, hence the existence of a sequel at all.
As the precis informs us:
“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.”
Stylistically, this is a much more anime-looking beast than Guillermo del Toro’s original – check out the way the Jaegers move with much more fluidity and grace than the lumbering behemoths of the first film. It also looks like we’re going to see a lot more of them in action for longer, which is a good thing; all praise to the great GDT, but one of the main (and few – that movie rocks) disappointments in Pacific Rim was the way so many cool giant robots were introduced, only to summarily dispatched before we could see them do anything cool. Looks like Uprising learned a lesson from that.
Pacific Rim Uprising hits Australian cinemas on March 22, 2018.