New York Comic Con brought a deluge of geeky movie trailers this weekend. Among them is Pacific Rim Rebellionsequel to the Kaiju-inspired monster disaster movie Pacific. In the first movie, pilots lived in giant robots that fend off huge interdimensional monsters. revolt seems more of the same, and that’s nothing to complain about.
revolt takes place 10 years after the first movie. After the successful but costly defeat of the monsters, that giant robot program still continues. The trailer seems to suggest that the focus is on a “new generation” of young pilots piloting several new types of robots to defeat more invaders, including at least one with some cool-looking lightning swords. Overall, the fights seem more martial arts inspired than the ones in the first movie. Star Wars: The Force AwakensJohn Boyega leads the cast, playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first film.
Pacific not only earned its budget at the US box office, but reportedly did very well in China. That’s part of it Pacific Rim Rebellion was largely absorbed in China at the time. Pacific 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, Spartacusand several Joss Whedon projects such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angeland dollhouse. revolt is his feature film directorial debut, but his lineage is enough to keep fans from getting nervous.
If you want your Guillermo del Toro fix, keep an eye out for The shape of the water, which will be released in December this year. It’s less of a huge Hollywood blockbuster like Pacific and more of a personal gothic horror project like The Labyrinth of Pan.
Pacific Rim Rebellion has been repeatedly delayed in recent years, but it will finally be released in the US on March 23, 2018 and the UK on May 18, 2018.
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