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Pacific Rim: Uprising Second Trailer - Analysis and Speculation

Legendary has dropped Pacific Rim: Uprising second trailer, and it's full of new, intriguing details.

In this sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 creature feature, Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) won't return, possibly for the same reason as Will Smith in Independence Day: Resurgence. Star Wars' John Boyega stars as the new hero Jake, son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba).

Sitting in jail, Jake seems like a delinquent crushed by his father's legacy. Unlike Stacker, he is an irresponsible party boy, seen in various scenes behaving care-free in raves and pool parties under a giant Kaiju skeleton.

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"Your father always said he wanted you to be a pilot," says Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), Beckett's partner and love interest. She returns as a senior officer of Pan Pacific Defense Corps.

It seems the ex-Jaeger-pilot must encourage Jake and bring him to the Jaeger project, and somewhere in the movie, the reluctant hero comes across his father's old uniform.

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Gypsy Avenger is dropped in front of a crowd of protestors, who carry signs that read "Stop the PPDC!" This obviously points at Pan Pacific Defense Corps, who might have been abusing technologies after defeating the Kaiju. We all know there exists a theory about warring factions among humans.

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The trailer features a rogue, unmanned Jaeger, Obsidian Fury (one of the first-gen Jaeger) with its two orange-tinged blades. One noteworthy detail is that Gypsy Avenger also uses two similar blades to those of Obsidian Fury.

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Speaking of weapons, Gypsy Avenger's gravity gun has a showcase of power as it gathers a mass of scraped cars to form a make-shift wrecking ball. We also see the other three in action: Saber Athena's sword, Bracer Phoenix's spiked wrecking ball, and Guardian Bravo's electric whip.

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Newcomer Cailee Spaeny's Amara Namani solo-pilots her homemade Jaeger, Scrapper.

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The invading force doesn't just consist of the clobbering and acid-blasting Kaiju, but Kaiju with armor plates and rockets.

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They are mass-produced, and one scene shows four of them channeling a portal and hailing an ominous Kaiju into our world.

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Burn Gorman's Dr. Hermann Gottlieb suspects of a traitor in friendly ranks as the trailer cuts to the face of Liwen Shao (Tian Jing), a shady new character.

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Jaeger tech has been evolving since humankind successfully defended Earth from the extradimensional intruders. A few scenes look into the Shatterdome with young cadets, preparing us for the next generation of Jaeger pilots. Their trainers are, of course, Jake and his friend, Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood).

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The first Pacific Rim movie was an enjoyable surprise because director del Toro utilized the dual-piloting concept to find the balance between intimate characterization and crowd-pleasing spectacle. It's not a hollow blockbuster as many expected.

However, Uprising possibly has a YA approach as its ensemble of central characters include many teenagers and young adults, rebelling in style and putting themselves out to the battlefront. What concerns me the most is the writers behind the script. The story is co-penned by DeKnight, T.S. Nowlin (Maze Runner), and Kira Snyder (The 100). The YA subgenre should be dead by now, but Uprising looks like the leading step to integrate YA elements into popcorn blockbusters.

This isn't my only concern. The only actual directing job that Steven S. DeKnight handled is a handful of TV episodes--Marvel's Daredevil, Dollhouse, Smallville, and Angel. I'm afraid Uprising would lose the del Toro aesthetics of lighting and character creation, as the designs feel more Transformer-esque in texture and smoothness of motion.

Source: Trailer and images of Legendary