Geekery: The Fights Get Even Bigger in New ‘Pacific Rim’ Trailer

The kaiju are bigger and badder – and a team of new jaeger pilots is ready to take them head on.

The giant monsters have been called back to earth by a mysterious entity, and a new crop of pilots are determined to stop them. John Boyega plays Jake Pentecost, the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba). He’s joined by pilot Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and jaeger hacker Amara (Cailee Spaeny).

And the fight for survival will level a city.

Note: if you care about spoilers, skip this.

CG looks better than last month’s look; and it feels bigger, more exciting. Let’s hope that Stephen DeKnight and the screenwriters on the sequel can balance cheeseball one liners, oddball characters, and massive action a fraction as well as del Toro.

Pacific Rim Uprising hits theaters March 23.

  • ZeeLobby

    Part of me just really liked the old/rusted/dilapidated jaegers in the first. Now that everything is shiny it just feels less desperate. but it could still be good.

    • euansmith

      I’m just wondering what their insurance waiver is, when the one in red is totally buildings apparently for fun.

      • ZeeLobby

        Hah! I saw that too. Was definitely momentarily like, well, that’s Fed up.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        I would not be surprised if that was the building the insurance company was in!! Deny MY claim will yah!

    • Txabi Etxebarrieta

      Perfectly put. I still wanna see this, and I have to admit each trailer seems a bit more cleaned up than the last. But it still doesn’t seem as “weighty” and that was a big part of what made the fights in the first more satisfying.

      Still, giant robots senselessly fighting giant monsters, and they aren’t designed into an unintelligible mess like in the Transformers movies. So I can’t complain that much :p

      • ZeeLobby

        yes, well put! The weight seems off. Everything is now super nimble and jumpy. It’s more like Power Rangers but blown up.

        • EnTyme

          Well, Pacific Rim was always a live-action anime. They just seem to changing source material from “Big O” to “Gundam Wing”. Fully agree on liking the aesthetics of the first a bit more. You’re crazy if you think I’m not going to be in the theatre on the night of release, though.

    • Spacefrisian

      It does have a different creative mind behind it than the 1st movie.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. Def more fast paced all around. Things moved very slow and with weight in the original.

    • BaronSnakPak

      Should it feel desperate? They won in the first, they know they can win by investing again in jaegers if the kaiju come back, which is whats happening.

      I think the speed can be explained too, the kaijus towards the end of the first movie were getting faster and bigger. They probably put an emphasis on mobility when developing the next gen jaegers (in the movie’s world that is).

      • ZeeLobby

        I mean the desperation is what gave the movie suspense. I hope the new one has some or it’s not gonna be all that great of a movie. And it wasn’t just speed. It really was weight. Things looked like they built momentum, etc. It’s like the difference between playing Halo vs counterstrike.

  • Louper

    The more I see these trailers the more I feel that the new director hasn’t the slightest clue what made the first movie so good. (Which is a shame since he certainly has the talent to do it after Netflix DD) This just looks like a slightly more mature power rangers. I’m half expecting the 5 jaegers to merge together into a mega jaeger in the final fight….

    For the first one Ramin Djawadi crafted one of the most amazing scores to perfectly tether the movie to a sense of epic struggle/ hope. For this film they replaced it with gangster rap…

    In the first film Del Toro crafted an art style designed to showcase the Jaegers and and Kaiju fighting at night. This created a greater sense of desperation and was far more visually compelling. This seems to just be robot vs monster brawling while destroying cities during the day.

    In the first film Del Toro went to great lengths both in terms of framing and movement to create a sense of scale and show the viewer just how massive and bulky these combatants are. These fight scenes look more like Transformers jumping around, spinning, etc. Thats probably why all the fights have to be in cities, otherwise you completely lose their scale.

    In the first film there was a constant sense of impending doom where every character (barring one) was fighting to save the world, desperately, most of whom were reluctant heroes that were doing their duty. In this film it feels like they are out having fun, as if oblivious to the fact that billions of dollars in infrastructure damage and thousands of lives are lost every time they tear through a city. Like really? In that one shot the red robot is even damaging buildings for no reason at all…. They just seem to not care about the people they are supposed to be saving.

    The first film had flaws, many of them. But in spite of those flaws it was an amazing film that I’ve watched over and over. This reminds me of the Independence Day sequel…