“Cadets? You better gear up.”
I think I might dig this sequel, even though Idris Elba is nowhere to be seen. Why? Because this feels like a mix of mystery (who let the Kaiju back into our world?) and Top Gun (cadets training to become Jaeger pilots). Naturally, as a kaiju-aholic, I could be deceiving myself. But I hope I’m not. I need to know more about the plot before I fully believe in Uprising, because while the first half of this trailer is absolutely incredible, the second feels like a pander-fest for Michael Bay film aficionados.
After you peep this trailer, you decide. And then read on for the full 411 – including an in-depth synopsis – from Universal!
In Theaters: March 23, 2018
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.