When it came to messiah robots trading gigantic punches with escaped wildlife from that parallel universe of Australia that had more nightmare fuel than usual, Pacific Rim delivered on that action and then some. The only thing missing of course, was a South African Jaeger by the name of Rugby P-Klap, but we’ll save that for the sequel.
And speaking of sequels, Jaeger pilot wants to see something else in the upcoming second film: Namely, more character-building. Speaking to EW, Hunnam expressed a desire for the film to nail more character beats, seeing as how the first flick sacrificed that for proper action scenes:
“I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling. When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit. Although we tried very hard on Pacific Rim to marry those two elements, I do feel like ultimately it got weighed heavier on the side of spectacle than storytelling.”
That’s not to say that Hunnam wasn’t pleased with the first film. But with the world of Pacific Rim fully established to the point where I regularly steal Kervyn’s gold-plated shoes now, Hunnam is hoping to see some proper characterisation:
“I hope that we are able to remedy that a little bit going into the second. Not to say I wasn’t proud of the film. I really liked it, and I felt like it delivered exactly what it was supposed to. But I do feel like we could have maybe plumbed the depths of the character and the storytelling a little bit more.”
Pacific Rim may not have been a massive blockbuster overall, but director Guillermo Del Toro and his team did succeed in creating one hell of a world inhabited by the Kaiju and Jaegers. With the sequel having a smaller budget than the original flick according to THR, that could leave ample room for some of that character building that Hunnam is talking about, which is something that Del Toro has proven to be more than capable of doing.
Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled to start filming later this year, for an August 14 2017 redeployment to the front lines.
Last Updated: July 27, 2015