Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer 1 Impressions
My biggest issues with Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim was darkness and rain. It was difficult to follow the battles and I’ll never understand why ‘the sword’ didn’t get unleashed earlier in the film.
The trailer for the sequel is awfully bright in comparison and I love it. Watching giant robots fighting giant monsters is pure fun in a theater and I can’t wait to see some of these battles take place.
Having said that… From a storytelling perspective, I have a few concerns. Uprising takes place years after the first film. Much of this trailer focuses on Jake Pentecost’s (John Boyega) big speech. Mirroring his deceased father Stacker’s (Idris Elba) speech in the original Pacific Rim.
What confuses me is presumably, a few decades have passed yet Charlie Day hasn’t aged a day and much of the technology remains the same. I thought they would have solved the ‘two people are needed to drift’ flaw by now. I suppose they need the dynamic for storytelling purposes.
My real concern is the Jaeger’s fighting each other. They are dodging an awful lot of missiles in this trailer. Why are humans still fighting humans when a species of aliens keeps sending monsters to destroy the world?
Also, I’m slightly concerned that the aforementioned aliens will be an afterthought in favor of bigger monsters and brighter battles. I still want the film to deepen the mythology beyond ‘years have passed… and the aliens are back.’ Independence Day: Resurgence tried that. It didn’t really work.
I want to see Robots fighting Monsters. That’s what makes Pacific Rim… Pacific Rim. It’s a franchise with a ton of potential and this movie MUST thrive. There was talk about sub par domestic performance shelving the sequel in 2013. I’m happy we’ve come this far. We get to see what happens next.
I just hope we don’t spend half the film watching humans make the same mistakes over and over again. And I don’t want to leave the theater wondering what might have been.