First 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Trailer Has Some Familiar Dinosaurs

Friday, 08 December 2017 - 7:25PM
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Friday, 08 December 2017 - 7:25PM
First 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Trailer Has Some Familiar Dinosaurs
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After a week of build-up, the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is finally here, and there's a lot of classic elements on display.

The exact plot for this sequel to the 2015 reboot of the 1993 film has been kept a closely guarded secret, and seeing the pieces fit into place, this trailer looks like a perfect addition to the Jurassic Park canon as a whole - if anything, it's a little too perfect.

While it proved phenomenally popular, the first Jurassic World is not a universally beloved movie. Among the criticisms levied against the film is its overly strict adherence to the plot of the original Jurassic Park, as well as myriad plot holes and logic leaps that made the movie difficult to enjoy for those of us who can't turn off our brains and revert to a childlike state whenever we see dinosaurs.

It had been assumed that the next Jurassic World movie would attempt to avoid the same traps, and most certainly wouldn't be this new trilogy's answer to The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2, a universally reviled film that conjured a flimsy excuse to get people back to the dinosaur island all over again.

See the trailer below:



As it turns out, instead of shying away from this kind of story, Fallen Kingdom will be steering directly into it, with a threadbare plot contrivance that will take Chris Pratt's Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire Dearing heading back to Isla Nublar out of an attempt to conserve the ravenous, bloodthirsty dinosaurs before the island explodes in a volcanic eruption.

One of the big draws here is Jeff Goldblum, on hand to provide a reminder that life always finds a way, with a catchphrase that very predictably appears in the trailer (we did call it yesterday). The sheepish return of an actor who passed on the original Jurassic World in order to instead make the far less enjoyable Independence Day: Resurgence is a boon to the movie, and seems to prove just how far producer Colin Trevorrow and new director J.A. Bayona are willing to go to invoke nostalgia.

From the trailer, it looks like the movie will even be going so far as to bring back some dinosaurs from the first Jurassic Park, just to up the nostalgia, with the iconic T-Rex from the original film coming back to yet again save a human from a raptor just in the nick of time. Clearly, Rex doesn't like accountants, but is really eager to save paleontologists from getting eaten.

That T-Rex is definitely the same one from the first Jurassic Park, by the way - it still bears the scars from its fight with a velociraptor at the end of the film. There was a line in the original movie that quickly explained why all the dinosaurs at Jurassic Park would quickly die after they were let free into the wild, but clearly, this new movie isn't going to concern itself with annoying continuity that gets in the way of a good time.

While the dinosaurs look great, in large part because of the number of animatronics that were used in this movie's filming, it's hard to get too excited about the plot for this movie as it's been explained to us thus far. Pretty much every Jurassic sequel has involved a contrived reason for humans to retry to tame dinosaurs, and this movie seems like the most egregious example of this yet.

That said, considering just how uninspired the story looks from this trailer, it's worth assuming that there might well be a second-act twist to the film that could make everything worthwhile. If Universal is showing restraint and not giving the game away in the trailers, they should be commended, but right now, this movie just looks like more of the same, except with more volcanoes.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters on June 22, 2018.
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