New York Comic Con brought a deluge of geeky movie trailers this weekend. Among them is Pacific Rim Uprising, sequel to the kaiju-inspired monster disaster movie Pacific Rim. In the first film, pilots inhabited giant robots that fought off massive inter-dimensional monsters. Uprising looks like more of the same, and that’s nothing to complain about.
Uprising takes place 10 years after the first film. After the successful but costly defeat of the monsters, that giant robot program is still going. The trailer seems to suggest that the focus is on a “new generation” of young pilots who are operating several new types of robots to defeat more invaders—including at least one with some cool-looking lightning swords. In general, the battles look more martial arts-inspired than those in the first film. Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ John Boyega leads the cast, playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first film.
Pacific Rim didn’t recoup its budget on the US box office alone, but it reportedly did very well in China. It’s fitting that Pacific Rim Uprising was largely shot in China, then. Pacific Rim was directed by Guillermo del Toro, but the sequel has a new director—Steven S. DeKnight, a writer, producer, and director known for his work on TV shows like Daredevil, Smallville, Spartacus, and various Joss Whedon projects like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dollhouse. Uprising is his feature film directing debut, but his pedigree is enough to keep fans from being nervous.
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