This year, two classic movie franchises are returning to theaters: Jurassic Park and Terminator. Jurassic World expands on John Hammond's dream by presenting a fully-operational (and secure) dinosaur park that has been successful for over a decade. Additionally, Terminator Genisys will reveal a whole new take on humanity's war against Skynet and the struggle to prevent Judgement Day.
Seeing as director-writer Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World opens later this month and director Alan Taylor's Terminator Genisys opens early next month, the studios are doing a heavy marketing push to make sure potential moviegoers are well aware of what to expect from each film. Obviously, part of that process means releasing more (and increasingly spoilery) footage. Now, a new Terminator Genisys clip, just shy of one minute, has been posted as well as a Jurassic World featurette - including footage and comments from executive producer Steven Spielberg (along with cast and crew members).
The Jurassic World featurette appears to be focused on reassuring fans about the quality of the upcoming film - after skeptics balked at select details of the story, especially Chris Pratt's trained raptor pack.
Check out the Jurassic World featurette below:
Some viewers fear the new story won't be able to capture the sense of awe established in the first entry or that director Colin Trevorrow is relying too much on CGI. Despite debuting in the early 1993, the first Jurassic Park's CGI holds up, but the practical effects - most notably with the T. Rex - kept the film grounded. In this new video, Spielberg calls Jurassic World a "breathtaking adventure" and assures viewers that Trevorrow's the right person for the job - because he's a fan and he has an "original" story for this installment. The director himself, Trevorrow, says the original Jurassic Park movies have "soul" and promises his chapter will too.
Of course, no one will be surprised to hear people involved in the project are passionate, but it is somewhat promising to see the focus is on selling character and story - not just CGI mayhem. Even if it turns out the plot isn't all that great and the characters aren't as original as Spielberg promises, it's looking like Jurassic World will at least be able to deliver plenty of supper popcorn fun. Only time will tell whether it's a worthy follow-up to Jurassic Park - or if it's one of the not-so-memorable additions to the franchise.
As for Terminator Genisys, the clip doesn't reveal any new plot details - after the trailers spoiled several key twists - but depicts a tense scene, and a bit of product placement, as Kyle Reese (played by Jai Courtney) attempts to hide from a T-1000.
Watch the sneak peek clip from Terminator Genisys below:
As indicated, the clip doesn't offer anything especially cheerworthy - mostly adding context to a scene that was included in multiple trailers. Still, longtime series fans should be pleased to see the new installment will get back to the original film's horror roots and won't lean entirely on explosions and over-the-top action whenever humans encounter terminators.
Just like Jurassic World, it's looking like Terminator Genisys will at least be able to provide some entertaining thrills and spectacle. Now we just have to wait and see if its twists and turns breathe new life into the franchise.
Jurassic World opens June 12
Terminator Genisys hits theaters July 1.