What’s a Jaeger? The Heroes of ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’

An extended version of the Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer has been released that includes a featurette on the Jaegers, the giant robots that battle the giant monsters known as Kaiju.

Designed as a sort of recruiting film for prospective Jaeger pilots, this primer is part instructional, part propaganda. It’s the sort of expanded universe trope that reminds me of Kaiju Emergency Alert System. If you haven’t seen the first movie, this video will tell you just about all you need to know about these cool robots.

So, what exactly is a Jaeger?

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‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ Success May Expand the Universe

Pacific Rim was successful enough to spawn a sequel. If Pacific Rim: Uprising is successful, it could spawn an entire universe.

Not only would fans get a third installment of the movie and more comic books, fans might get to see the Jaegers take on some iconic monsters from different universes (Think: “King of the Monsters”)

When Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight visited New York Comic Con in October, he said that not only will the new action film set up a potential third installment, he hinted that the next PR movie could be the key to expanding into other worlds.
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First Trailer for ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ Boasts New Giant Robots

Pacific Rim: Uprising is the somewhat unexpected sequel to the 2013 giant robots vs. giants monsters movie Pacific Rim, created and directed by legendary Mexican horror auteur Guillermo del Toro.

I hesitate to call the first film a hit, because did only middling box office ($101.8 million), but it was a critical darling and the fandom (which includes me) has been strong and vocal, and a sequel was green-lighted, but del Toro stepped back to producing and Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL, Starz’s SPARTACUS) took the director’s chair.

The star of the new movie is John Boyega (Finn, Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi), who plays the son of Stacker Pentecost (Ildris Elba), who commanded the Jaeger forces in the first movie and does not return for the sequel. Also missing is original hero Raleigh Becket, because Charlie Hunnam decided to make King Arthur: Legend of the Sword instead (bad choice). Enter Boyega as Jake Pentecost.

Let’s take a look at the action-packed trailer:


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‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel, Comics & Animated Series Coming!

Director Guillermo del Toro has announced that his 2013 giant robots vs. giant monsters movie, Pacific Rim, will get a sequel in 2017 — and fans will get an animated series and an ongoing comic book series to tide us over until then.

The film will be released on April 7, 2017, and again will be directed by del Toro, who will co-write with Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand). Original co-scripter Travis Beacham will be involved as much as his TV commitments (including Fox’s HIEROGLYPH) will allow. No deals have been inked with cast members, but Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman are expected to return.
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Oscars’ Biggest Snubs — 2014 Edition

snubs1Sometimes, it’s an honor just to be nominated for an Academy Award — and sometimes being passed over is a snub!

These are the most egregious errors on the part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, in order of outrageousness and indefensibility, from brain-meltingly inexplicable to bemusedly obtuse — according to me, at least.

Best Picture:
  American Hustle
 • Captain Phillips
 • Dallas Buyers Club
 • Gravity
 • Her
 • Nebraska
 • Philomena
 • 12 Years a Slave
 • The Wolf of Wall Street

Snubbed: Inside Llewyn Davis. On the surface, this story of a struggling folk musician in 1961 New York is just a small and quirky film, but the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) have crafted yet another idiosyncratic movie about a particularly peculiar fellow moving through a world he barely comprehends — Llewyn Davis is a purist who refuses to compromise even one iota to claim the fame he desperately desires but which dangles just beyond his reach.
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Maybe Snowpiercer Won’t Be Edited So Heavily…

snowpiercerevansPerhaps director Bong Joon Ho’s hit movie Snowpiecer will be hacked to pieces for American audiences after all.

The Korean action flick has a ridiculous premise — one that actually makes SHARKNADO sound rather plausible: in the future, the last remnants of the human race ride a train on an endless around a world gripped in a new ice age. The rich ride upfront, while the poor are in the rear. But there’s a revolution brewing, one led by Chris Evans‘ Captain America Curtis.

Not that that is precisely the movie American audiences are likely to see. At least, not in mainstream cinemas, since The Weinstein Company — which owns the U.S. distribution rights — has ordered massive reediting to dumb-down the story for the U.S. market. On the plus side, TWC is letting director Bong supervise the cuts.
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Peeking Behind Pacific Rim

I love those behind-the-scenes featurettes on DVD and Blu-ray — few things are more fun than seeing a bunch of actors scrambling around in front of green screens — so I am excited to get a peek at how the wizards behind Pacific Rim managed to bring those giant robots and monsters to life for director Guillermo Del Toro‘s love letter to kaiju movies.