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  • Pacific Rim Uprising photos offer first look at John Boyega preparing to stomp monsters

    "With a name like Jake Pentecost, it’s fitting that John Boyega’s character in Pacific Rim Uprising has a backstory that’s practically biblical. He is the estranged son of Stacker Pentecost, Idris Elba’s character from the 2013 original, and although his father is no longer around, Jake has come home to take up the old man’s cause – kicking monster ass with giant robots.

    These machines, known as Jaegers, successfully beat back an invasion of behemoth Kaiju fiends in the first movie, but a decade later the world is still a bruised and battered place. And the creatures are making a comeback.

    “Jake is the prodigal son,” Boyega tells EW. “He is a young guy who was on the cusp of greatness in his early days when he was training to be a Jaeger pilot, but he always had a troubled relationship with Stacker. I’m the son he didn’t really talk about in the first film … the product of Stacker’s first love.”

    Father and son fell out, he says, “because of Stacker’s attention and hope and faith in Mako rather than him.” Mako is the Jaeger meister who helped save the world last time, played by Rinko Kikuchi, who returns for the sequel – unlike previous costar Charlie Hunnam.

    This time, Mako is Jake’s protector, despite their awkward history. '“He felt he never lived up to his father’s expectations and so he decided to leave the Jaeger program and start stealing for a living,” Boyega says.

    Jake thrives as a black market retailer. The monster attacks from the sea have driven the wealthy inland. Middle America is now prime real estate, while the poor populate the coasts, where they could be the first to face an assault.

    “When we meet him, he is living in an abandoned mansion in Santa Monica, which is half a mansion anyway because there’s a big Kaiju claw-swipe that has crushed part of it,” Boyega says. “He sells and buys stolen goods, and some of that includes Jaeger parts.”

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    Jinhai (far left), Amara (left), Jake (center), Nate (right)

    "The masses of poor huddled on the coasts have decided to start building their own giant machines. If there’s going to be a fight, they’re going to make sure they’re ready for it. That brings him into contact with newcomer Cailee Spaeny’s amateur Jaeger pilot, Amara, who is building one of her own battle-bots."

    When the two of them break one too many laws and Mako can’t protect them anymore, they’re given a choice. Actually, not much of a choice. “The only thing he can do to compensate for his crimes is join the Jaeger program and teach the kids what he learned,” Boyega says."'

    Jake Pentecost and Nate Lambert (EW First Look)

    Jake Pentecost and Nate Lambert inside Gipsy Avenger's Conn-Pod.

    "That reunites him with his old friend Lambert (played by Scott Eastwood), who will mind-meld with him to co-pilot on the state-of-the-art new Jaeger known as Gipsy Avenger. You can see them both below, bracing for battle.

    “They were brothers,” Boyega says, but that bond broke when Jake ran away. “Being in each other’s heads in The Drift, they know each other’s thoughts, so they have great moments of hashing out what happened in the past.”

    While they’re sorting out their grudge, it’s also going to be a monster mash."

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    Saber Athena (far left), Bracer Phoenix (left), Gipsy Avenger (center), Guardian Bravo (right)

    “The Kaiju have found a new way,” Boyega says. “They are way more intelligent than we thought they were. The monsters you saw in the first movie were the test run, to see how the planet would hold up. The breach we thought was closed is not their only way into our world. Their plans are more specific. Jake leads the team in trying to build up a new defense against that.”

    Gipsy Avenger (center, foreground): “She’s an upgrade model form Gipsy Danger in the first movie,” Boyega says.

    “She is still a two-man Jaeger and has new weapons and technology. The new Gipsy has LCD screens and holographic imagery of what is going outside. Her gravity sling has improved,” he adds. “Pilots are no longer locked into robot by feet. It has a scanning system that makes the drift easier to handle. Gipsy Avenger is strongest and hardest to operate.”

    Saber Athena (far left, in orange): “She’s the fastest Jaeger, and she is agile and assigned two skillful pilots who know how to do martial arts,” Boyega says. “She has two swords she can join together to slice stuff down. She’s flexible and very fast.”

    Guardian Bravo (far right) in red: “She has big electric whips, but is very stocky and strong,” Boyega says."

    "Titan Redeemer* (above): “She is a mystery rogue Jaeger, but is really strong and advanced,” Boyega says. “She has guns on the chest. That Jaeger is, in fact, a three-man rig — one is in the cockpit shooting missiles and bullets from the chest.”

    Check back to EW.com Friday for the Pacific Rim Uprising trailer and a deep dive into the new footage.

    *CORRECTION: The studio originally misidentified this Jaeger as Bracer Phoenix."

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    • "The masses of poor huddled on the coasts have decided to start building their own giant machines."

      They're doing what now? How exactly are the poor getting the funding to build giant robots?

      "The monsters you saw in the first movie were the test run, to see how the planet would hold up."

      Wait, what? I thought that, at least in the first film, the dinosaurs were the test run. Are they now the test run of the test run? That makes no sense to me.

      “Pilots are no longer locked into robot by feet."

      That is, actually kind of disappointing. I liked that aspect of the Jeagers, made them feel more real, almost.

      “She has two swords she can join together to slice stuff down.”

      That seems like a terrible idea, unless it's based around the same tech as the plasma weapons and cauterises the wound ASAP. Otherwise there's going to be Kaiju blue everywhere.

      And the more I look at those Jaegers, the less I like them. I think it's because they look less like the hulking titans from the first movie, and more like something from an anime. There's just something offputting about them.

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    • Chrome Colossus wrote:
      They're doing what now? How exactly are the poor getting the funding to build giant robots?

      Socialist magic.

      Wait, what? I thought that, at least in the first film, the dinosaurs were the test run. Are they now the test run of the test run? That makes no sense to me.

      That seemed to be mostly conjecture even in-universe, only the novelisation of the first movie which IIRC is the lowest level of canon treats it as being fact.

      That is, actually kind of disappointing. I liked that aspect of the Jeagers, made them feel more real, almost.

      Agreed.

      And the more I look at those Jaegers, the less I like them. I think it's because they look less like the hulking titans from the first movie, and more like something from an anime. There's just something offputting about them.

      I actually prefer the sleeker designs, it arguably gives them a more grounded and realistic feeling of progression from the older designs (miniaturisation of components and thus machines becoming less bulky is one of the cornerstones elements of modern technological advancement)

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    • @Chrome Colossus: It's pretty obvious that the production involved with the sequel really didn't pay attention to the finer details of the original film, and if they did, they didn't care to maintain any sort of cohesion between the two films and just made things up as they pleased. That much is evident with the design of the Jaegers and the general plot of the sequel itself.

      Honestly, besides the Jaeger designs, I'm more bothered that they decided to make Stacker Pentecost a dead-beat dad that favored one child over the other. That's garbage.

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    • Anyone relize that the "Kaiju" with the spikes rising from the sea are actually jaeger-kaiju hybrids :D

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    • I'm not going to form any more solid opinions on this until I watch it myself, personally. A lot of things can be basically manipulated before release, and may not be final.

      Not a huge fan of how the scale feels different, unless they justify some of the stuff. It doesn't feel like there's the same weight they had in the first movie. 

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    • Jesus people, have you never seen supercars? It's really not that hard to justify such changes in the Jaegers.

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    • Felipe6666 wrote:
      Jesus people, have you never seen supercars? It's really not that hard to justify such changes in the Jaegers.


      Seen one? No, where I live most people can't (or don't want to, considering the traffic) afford a supercar. But according to wikipedia a supercar is "a luxury, high performance sports car" but can also refer to "unusual or expensive vehicles". It should be noted that these terms are applied compared to a car, so these terms will also be compared to the Pac. RIm Jaeger's.

      Luxurious? No time for that, these are weapons of war, not things to flaut your wealth with

      High Performance? Yes and no. Yes, as Slug said, tech improves so they're likely to be more high performing than previous Jaegers. But, again, these are civies, so I'd be amazed at the quality of the parts they're buying

      Unusual? Well, no doubt about that.

      Expensive? They shouldn't be, compared to the last generation of Jaegers. Civillians on a budget, yo.


      Besides, there's a difference between supercars and Jaegers. Supercars didn't replace normal cars, their designs coexist with them. These Jaegers are a new generation, one which I, once more, really, really don't like (still gonna watch the movie though)

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    • Chrome Colossus wrote:
      Felipe6666 wrote:
      Jesus people, have you never seen supercars? It's really not that hard to justify such changes in the Jaegers.

      Seen one? No, where I live most people can't (or don't want to, considering the traffic) afford a supercar. But according to wikipedia a supercar is "a luxury, high performance sports car" but can also refer to "unusual or expensive vehicles". It should be noted that these terms are applied compared to a car, so these terms will also be compared to the Pac. RIm Jaeger's.

      Luxurious? No time for that, these are weapons of war, not things to flaut your wealth with

      High Performance? Yes and no. Yes, as Slug said, tech improves so they're likely to be more high performing than previous Jaegers. But, again, these are civies, so I'd be amazed at the quality of the parts they're buying

      Unusual? Well, no doubt about that.

      Expensive? They shouldn't be, compared to the last generation of Jaegers. Civillians on a budget, yo.


      Besides, there's a difference between supercars and Jaegers. Supercars didn't replace normal cars, their designs coexist with them. These Jaegers are a new generation, one which I, once more, really, really don't like (still gonna watch the movie though)

      Well, in that case, I suggest you take a look at the statistics and looks of both the the 1970 Dodge Charger Supercharged and the 2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat and you'll see what I mean.

      There are many flaws in the Pacific Rim world. The most notable one being the speed of ALL Jaegers. Even if their joints had enough power to move like that, wind resistance would still do quite a work on those metallic titans (including and ESPECIALLY the boat used by Gipsy as a baseball bat).

      There is also the inconsistency with the issue of the Kaiju Blood and the fact that there are Jaegers with canons, missiles and blades, which are even more present in the newer generations.

      However, in movies like these, you should not be thinking about this stuff too much.

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