“Creation is an act of sheer will. Next time it’ll be flawless”. Those were the infamous words of John Hammond from the original 1993 masterpiece Jurassic Park. That “next time” has finally come true with Jurassic World, a fully-realized and interactive dinosaur experience – and the first official trailer for my most anticipated movie of 2015 dropped just mere hours prior to this article being posted.
From the start of the trailer, we see our “children in peril” characters Zach and Gray (played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins respectively), two brothers being whisked away to Isla Nublar and the titular theme park. All seems well at first, as the park is full of exhibits and brand-new dinosaurs never seen before in the series, but behind the scenes we see the complete opposite.
The boy’s aunt Clarie (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) and her team have created the first genetically modified dinosaur to spark interest in the park again. Owen (played by Chris Pratt of recent Guardians of the Galaxy fame), one of JW’s staff who conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors (long time fan-favorite of the JP series), doesn’t think too much of this and his worst fears become reality when this new dino escapes and starts to wreak havoc around the island.
Simple premise, no complaints here. Let’s get this out of the way first: we get prehistoric marine creatures for the first time in the series. I can see it already: the shark that became lunch for the Mosasaur was named Bruce (a little nod to Jaws).There is no news yet about whether or not we will see Pteranodons returning, or if those were exclusive to Site B, where the events of The Lost World and Jurassic Park III took place. A lot of different concepts are possible with the sea creatures, one idea being an underwater bridge where you can see its full scope.
With the advancements in computer-generated imagery, almost any kind of dinosaur can make a cameo, even the Spinosaurus from the aforementioned JP3. Speaking of references to the past, a couple of shots in the trailer are reminiscent of the first movie: Claire about to go into the dark unknown while holding a flare and a tracking shot of the new hybrid dinosaur running after Owen.
Fellow g33k-e writer Skinslip and I were discussing this trailer and came down to the conclusion that director & co-writer Colin Trevorrow most likely went back and looked at the Chaos Effect line of Jurassic Park toys from the late 90’s. It’s possible he thought that would be a good jumping-off point for the new series, and it does make some sense: the park is losing interest, nothing at the time is generating buzz, so what do you do? CREATE brand-new buzz…with science!
Before we wrap up, I want to talk in full-detail about the last few images before the credits rolled. In this moment, we see a couple of cages fly open, revealing a pack of raptors sprinting out. In the next shot, we see them running alongside Owen, who is riding a motorcycle. They’re not chasing him, their sprinting ALONG with him as if he’s the leader and they are there to help. WHAT!? My hunch is that Owen has been with these particular velociraptors since they hatched and they imprinted a loving “mother” bond with him. Again, another reference to the original, when Hammond and gang watched a raptor hatching.
My excitement for Jurassic World blows the likes of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens out of the water. This trailer gave me what I haven’t felt in a while: the awe and wonder of seeing dinosaurs again. My bank account has already been bled dry to pay for all the times I’m going to see this movie when it hits theaters in June. What did you think of the trailer? Are you excited or still somewhat cautious? Write your comments down below, thanks for reading and as always,
(P.S. – For the two of you who haven’t seen it, enjoy the trailer.)