Friday, 5 December 2014

"You made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea..."

Universal Pictures have recently released their first trailer for Colin Trevorrow's (Safety Not Guaranteed) Jurassic World.

It's maybe a little heavier on the CGI than we're used to, but all the key beats are present and correct, including the big gate, that John Williams' piano motif and a herd of Gallimimus galloping past our heroes, plus a colossal Plesiosaur leaping from the water, Shamu style, and devouring an entire great white shark in one. A nod to executive producer and original Jurassic Park (1993) director Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1995) perhaps?

The key critter in this story, though, remains unrevealed – a genetically modified creature with enhanced intelligence and a big appetite. As Chris Pratt's (Guardians Of The Galaxy) behavioural researcher Owen points out, messing with dinosaur DNA is not a policy likely to reap major benefits.

Jurassic World is set years after Spielberg's original film, at a time when Jurassic Park is a functioning attraction on Isla Nublar. In fact, it does its job so well that dinosaurs are almost commonplace. The corporate types who run the Park have been pushing for bigger, better and more imposing creatures, and we can't help but figure that's when the running and screaming begins.

Pratt plays a scientist doing behavioural research on the 'raptors when the park has a few lethal issues. Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), meanwhile, will be one of the team involved in the place. Ty Simpkins (Insidious), Nick Robinson (The Kings Of Summer), Omar Sy (Micmacs), Vincent D'Onofrio (Escape Plan), Irrfan Khan (Life Of Pi), Jake Johnson (21 Jump Street), Judy Greer (Carrie), B.D. Wong (Jurassic Park), Katie McGrath (Merlin) and Lauren Lapkus (Are You Here) also show up in Jurassic World, which arrives in cinemas on 12 June.

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