“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
– Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
The Jurassic Park franchise returns to cinemas next summer with this continuation come soft reboot. From this trailer and the plot details available, this is actually far more closely connected to the other sequels, The Lost World (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001). For the first time the action returns to the island of Isla Nubar, the site of John Hammond’s Jurassic Park and it seems his dream of a dinosaur safari has come to fruition more than 20 years later in the form of Jurassic World. Director Colin Treverrow is clearly evoking scenes from that first film as well as the music to lull us into a nostalgic haze.
The title itself and some of the imagery somewhat evokes Sea World, the real life theme park where giant creatures are used as entertainment for the mostly bored masses. That seems rather timely and could add a deeper level to the satire, especially given the change in public perception of those parks following the release of documentary Black Fish.
While it seems that man has learned to control existing dinosaurs, the scientists are making all new mistakes with the creation of a super dinosaur. Chris Pratt stars as the hunter hired to try and stop the unstoppable beast after all hell breaks loose in the park. This could be the making of Pratt as an A-list star following his leading role in Guardians of the Galaxy, but he looks like he’s playing it rather straight in this film, which may not be his strength. No matter, it’ll be a monster hit anyway. Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson and Judy Greer also star.
Jurassic World is released 12 June 2015