What's new in 'Pacific Rim' 2?
It's been five years since Tom Morello's guitar tune set the stage for the first time in the Pacific Rim (2013). Guillermo del Toro's film revolves around a battle between giant human-made jaegers and kaiju monsters from another dimension which is actually a photo party for those who are passionate about fiction. “Pacific Rim” was neglected in North America for only $ 101 million. But thanks to the Chinese market and many other places in the world, the dream of the sequel has been nourished over the years. Of course, “Pacific Rim: Uprising” (2018) will bring a number of notable changes.
Rising star: John Boyega
Starting his acting career in 2011 with "Attack on the Block," just four years later, John Boyega became a familiar name for audiences around the globe. That's when the 26-year-old Briton was cast as Finn - one of the three main faces of blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015).
After the success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, John Boyega continued to search for fictional projects, and the task of reviving “Pacific Rim” brand seemed to fit him well. The sequel was stalled not only by the sales, but also by Guillermo del Toro's busy performance of The Shape of Water (2017).
John Boyega didn’t only play the lead role, but also was a producer of “Pacific Rim: Uprising”.
The replacer for del Toro was director Steven S. DeKnight, but the filmmaker thought John Boyega's nod was the most important thing. With the film's story after 10 years, Charlie Hunnam's role was replaced by John Boyega himself. The new star, the new director, but the duo Boyega - DeKnight in fact wanted to extend the brand based on what Guillermo del Toro had originally built and didn’t want to smash it all to build new.
New story: A young generation saves Earth
What's new is that "Pacific Rim: Uprising" brings a young group responsible for protecting the Earth. In the movie, John Boyega plays Jake Pentecost - a young man who collects scrap metal. He is essentially the son of the late Stacker Pentecost, a character played by Idris Elba in the first season. Jake Pentecost can steal many valuable artworks, even Oscar Golden Statue, in exchange for food. But things change when he meets computer specialist Amara (Cailee Spaeny), and a series of events bring Jake back to PPDC where his father had served.
New technology: Innovative robots
Also by the 10-year gap between the two episodes, the filmmaker team didn’t only change the cast, but also had to think of many changes to the jaegers in the film. "Both inside and outside the robot, we have to show the progress of humanity after 10 years. The operator becomes more active in controlling the jaeger with advanced technologies and weapons”, DeKnight revealed. However, John Boyega said although the technology had grown a lot, the character group in the movie was just teenagers and mistakes would occur.
By: Oralie Smith