Geekery: The Jaegers are Back in Pacific Rim – Uprising
The giant human piloted robots are ready to punch the tar out of a new breed of kaiju in this action packed trailer.
The first installment got really mixed reviews from critics, but it has gained a cult following in the four years since it was released. It’s a fun, giant robots beat up giant monster movie – there’s really no reason to look deeper at it. Don’t think too hard, just enjoy the simplicity.
The new movie happens 10 years after the first installment. The kaiju threat has gotten worse, and a new crop of pilots are determined to stop them. John Boyega plays Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost in the first movie. The trailer makes it clear that he has stepped into his father’s shoes. Also: Burn Gorman and Charlie Day are back!
The cast includes a some unfamiliar faces, it has a new screenwriter, and first-time feature – his previous work has been in TV – director Steven S. DeKnight is taking over for Del Toro. This could be good.. this could be entirely horrible. I’m not sure I care because the visuals look awesome and it comes across as a fun popcorn flick. We need more of those.
Boyega told EW that: “It’s going to be so cool. This is a fun movie. It’s there to entertain. It’s larger than life. Just go in there looking to have a great time. Get you popcorn nice and warm. Your eyes are going to be peeled. We’ve got a spectacle and Del Toro’s influence is still there. It’s going to be really, really cool.”
I’m up for another rock ’em sock ’em robot and monster movie.