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backto Jurassic World. Built on the foundation established by John Hammond with Jurassic Park, Jurassic World has wowed visitors from around the globe for nearly a decade - with ancient attractions brought back to life through the power of genetic cloning and dino DNA. Yet, in a time dominated by reality TV shows and wearable technology, flesh and blood dinosaurs are no longer the draw they once were - leading Jurassic World's owners to begin toying with a new attraction: a hybrid dinosaur.
Prior Jurassic World trailers have been a mix of setup (establishing that Jurassic World has been operational, and without incident, for years) as well as teased the horrors to come (a dinosaur breakout in a heavily populated amusement park) - with the most recent theatrical trailer giving fans their best look, so far, at the living dino-DNA cocktail Indominus Rex. Now, with the Universal Studios marketing machine kicking into full gear, ahead of the film's June 12, 2015 release date, we have a new sneak peek at Jurassic World.
Released through the official Jurassic World twitter account, the extended TV trailer (which you can view at the top of the page) follows the same story beats as prior teasers - with some new dialogue and scenes tossed into the mix.
The basic setup is the same: Jurassic World is a wondrous place, open to the public, but Masrani Global decides to galvanize attendance with a new attraction, Indominus Rex, which is smarter and more deadly than standard dinosaurs - and, no surprise, Indominus Rex escapes.
The TV trailer also recycles a lot of footage that close-followers of the movie's marketing will already know (the Mosasaur feeding, Indominus Rex breakout scene, and Pterodactyls swarming a crowd of park-goers); nevertheless, there are new pieces of footage. On their own, pre-feeding narration by a Jurassic Lagoon announcer and a quick quip from Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) about "taking a stroll through the woods... 65 million years ago" might not seem like much but the scenes address two major criticisms of prior trailers: the first trailer was missing the "wonder" that made Jurassic Park so special and funnyman Pratt is too serious in the Grady role.
The second full trailer for the film showed marked improvement (especially in VFX), though it also courted criticism for being sexist, and the latest look at the upcoming sequel also hints that the movie might be more in-line with Jurassic Park than skeptics had believed. Beyond obvious homages to Jurassic Park, the footage of pre-disastor wonderment and a slightly less uptight Grady are indicative that Jurassic World could contain the same mix of humor, horror, and giant CGI animals as the original.
Still, it's going to be incredibly hard for the Trevorrow's film to contend with, much less eclipse, Spielberg's original. So, fans should temper their expectations. After two sequels that fumbled with franchise mythology, in favor of eye-popping visuals, it's still encouraging that a solid storyteller like Colin Trevorrow is at the helm. That said, no matter how much a viewer might like Safety Not Guaranteed or Jurassic Park, Trevorrow isn't going to reinvent the series' wheel. Given that Jurassic World will mostly ignore The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3, an entertaining action-adventure movie is the best we should be hoping to see.
Anything on top of that, thought-provoking science fiction, quality character drama, and/or memorable CGI spectacle would just be icing on the cake.
Jurassic World was 65 million 22 years in the making and opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th, 2015.
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