Exciting news for dinosaur fans and movie lovers in Fresno and all over the world today as Universal Studios and Legendary Pictures have finally released the first official trailer for the upcoming 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World.
The fourth film in the highly successful franchise, Jurassic World takes place 22 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park, with the island of Isla Nublar now opened to the public as a fully-functioning dinosaur zoo-amusement park, just as the late John Hammond originally envisioned it. But how? How could anyone possibly decide to open this park to the public after the disaster that befell the island 22 years ago, or the T-Rex rampage through San Diego that we saw in The Lost World? This is because after Hammond passed away his former company, InGen, has been purchased by the Masrani Corporation, who are apparently only interested in making money and furthering genetic research. The film itself focuses on Owen (played by Chris Pratt), a member of Jurassic World’s on-site staff, who is conducting behavioral research on the Velociraptors, but is forced into a hero position when things go awry after the research team accidentally unleashes a genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur into the park.
The trailer, which can be viewed here, is limited on heavy action and gore, but it absolutely sells in atmosphere. It opens with a mother and father sending their two sons on a vacation to Jurassic World, promising that they are going to have great time, but she does ominously warn them that if somebody chases them…run. The music is haunting as the boys arrive by ferry with entire families of tourists to the island and one of the boys has his eyes wide with wonder as he rides a monorail through the automated wooden gates into the park, in a shot directly homaging the original film. We are treated to several shots of the park and what it has to offer guests, including a pavilion that reminded this examiner of the lower lot of Universal Studios Theme Park (where Jurassic Park: The Ride just happens to be located), a Humvee driving alongside a heard of galloping Gallimimus, a kayaking trip down a river as Stegosauruses drink from it, and a Gyrosphere, a spherical transport that guests ride in as dinosaurs pass by. There is also a Sea World homage as a a dead Great White Shark is hung from a rope (an obvious homage to Jaws) in front of a stadium of guests until a gigantic aquatic creature leaps out of the water to swallow the shark whole, much to the crowd’s excitement.
But of course, there is a dark side to all of this fun as the park leading scientist Claire (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), comments on how they have learned more from genetics in the last ten years than from a century of digging up bones, announcing the park’s first ever genetically modified hybrid…that’s right, they have literally created a brand new dinosaur from scratch. Owen agrees with what the audience is no doubt thinking, that this is probably not a good idea. The rest of the trailer surrounds the mystery of what this new dinosaur is, revealing that whatever it is it was able to get over a 40-foot wall and is also a highly-intelligent animal that will kill anything that moves, thus Owen demands that the island be evacuated. Owens fears prove to be justified as chaos erupts throughout the park and one of two boys we meet at the beginning is hiding for his life as the mystery dinosaur is lurking for it’s next prey. The last shot of the trailer, after the title card, is of Owen riding a motorcycle as a heard of Velociraptors run besides him, but curiously make no attempt to eat him.
The trailer does it’s job very well of selling this film, what atmosphere it is going for, and what kind of tone it wants to convey. It seeks to capture a similar wonder of discovery and grandeur from when the characters first arrived at the island in the original film, this time in the form of tourists arriving at a fully-functioning park, and they the terror that escalates the instant anything goes wrong. This examiner is eagerly awaiting this film and learning more about what kind of spectacle awaits audiences.
Jurassic World is slated for release on June 12, 2015.