Universal has yet to unveil a second theatrical trailer for Jurassic World – but, then again, general awareness for the Jurassic Park series installment/semi-reboot is quite high already. In other words: there’s little need for the studio to risk showing too much of its hand ahead of time, much as Marvel Studios appears to have realized with its marketing for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Case in point: the first clip released from Jurassic World doesn’t feature more footage of Owen (Chris Pratt) working alongside velociraptors or the film’s buzzed-about hybrid dinosaur wreaking havoc on the eponymous park‘s other inhabitants (humans and dinos alike). The scene is question instead focuses on character development for Owen and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) – a representative for Masrani Global, which is the company that owns Jurassic World.
Watch said Jurassic World clip, above.
The script work here by scribe Derek Connolly and director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) is somewhat on the nose when it comes to differentiating between Owen and Claire’s general dispositions – Owen’s gruff but has a sense of humor while Claire’s very much a Type A personality. What’s more interesting is the different outlooks of those who oversee the Jurassic World reserve – some seeking to control the dinosaurs by force, whereas other control them by understanding their behavior – as presented in this clip.
Neither approach is perfect, of course; Trevorrow’s noted that while Owen may seem safe around the raptors, “they’ll bite your head off if you make the wrong move.” However, we know from the previous Jurassic Park films that Masrani’s efforts to use its technological superiority isn’t a great idea – and it’s safe to say that approach ends up failing too, going by previously-released footage from this new installment (showing dinosaurs running amok at some point).
Jurassic World, judging by the trailers and the above clip, aims to blend action/thrills with human drama and sci-fi philosophizing in a manner recalling the original two Jurassic Park films – less so Jurassic Park III, which was more of a pure (but fun) B-movie thrill ride. It remains to be seen how successful Connolly and Trevorrow are in their efforts, but if they pull the act off then we could be in for a whole new trilogy of dino park-based adventures.
Rounding out the Jurassic World cast are Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Judy Greer (Arrested Development), Jake Johnson (New Girl), and BD Wong (Focus).
Jurassic World opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th, 2015.