While awe is clearly the playoffs, Jurassic World: Dominion does not shy away from the details.
The first footage from Threequel, a five-minute extended preview screened for a handful of reporters at IMAX HQ in Los Angeles, shows a two-part narrative. The five-minute preview is showing in theaters before IMAX screenings of F9.
The first part is a story of origin. By exploiting vast landscapes, an abundance of dinos and harassing the primary nature of the prehistoric era, emphasis is placed on context. The intimacy of a bug landing on a dinosaur’s legs is equated with the majesty of a flock bathing in a lake while a winged creature swims in to celebrate a carcass.
A battle between two apex predators inevitably plays out like a western as they orbit and turn out, eventually ending in the cruel death of T-Rex. As her pupils expand, she becomes the feeding ground for a bug that sucks a blood sample. The sequence comes from early in the film.
“We know who killed her now,” excited Jurassic World: Dominion director Colin Trevorrow. “Hopefully people will get revenge.”
Fast forward 65 million years, and the audience faces a T-Rex being chased by a helicopter through a forest as she heads toward a crowded drive-in cinema showing a double bill of American graffiti and Flash Gordon. Should the audience read something about it?
“It just felt like a dual function that I would like to see,” explained the filmmaker, who spoke to the press via Zoom. “[Jurassic World series star] Bryce [Dallas Howard]dad is in one of them, so that’s a little tip for Ron Howard. I saw that driveway as the kind of place where I went up growing up. They were in Mendocino, the area where American graffiti was set and which also connects it with Skywalker Ranch, where we mixed the film. It connected it all to Northern California. ”
Chaos ensues on a large scale when people run for cover. T-Rex kicks over cars and creates chaos against the backdrop of a movie screen when couples find out and friends and families hang out accompanied by a soundtrack of screams and dinos brand roar. The audience is then treated with brief glimpses of other prehistoric titans creating chaos elsewhere. Trevorrow confirms that this chaos is global.
“To some extent, yes,” the filmmaker explained, even though it looks like there are no dinosaurs in the streets with tanks or anything else. “We are creating a world where dinosaurs exist in the same way that animals do now, that is, if you go too deep into the forest, you could be in danger of invading their territory and you could be harmed. I did not want to anthropomorphize them. I would not make them anything other than the natural animals they are. I mean, dinosaurs were real. ”
Missing from the footage is the film’s cast, including Chris Pratt and Howard. While it may come as a surprise or perhaps a disappointment to fans, there is a good reason for it.
“It’s not that I actively did not want them around, but we’re telling a really big, epic, widespread story here,” said the director. “I felt this was an opportunity to tell the story of T-Rex. She is a character who has been through a lot through these movies and some traumatic experiences. I want children and adults to be as invested in her and her journey as they are in people. She looks a little different this time because she has prototype feathers. ”
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Jurassic World: Dominion also sees the return of the original Jurassic Parks Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, but how big a role will they play in this sixth film in the franchise?
“For me, and I’ve always been like that, I would not put a character from one of the previous films in the film unless they had a reason to be there,” Trevorrow said. “This was the first time I felt we had a story that would justify their presence in the film because they did not just want to call each other up and go on adventures. We had to come up with a reason. ”
Trevorrow also confirmed that there will be “surprises”, but “I do not know if it’s about who’s in it.”
The director has confirmed that the visual effects on the film “are nearing completion”, and he has had the film cut “for some time” and added that it was “really nice” not to have to rush to make a release date in 2021 .
“It has allowed us to be a little more conscious and thoughtful and not feel the constant pressure,” he added. “It gives us a chance to show it to friends, other filmmakers and fans, to talk to them and find out if there is anything they need out of this that we are not giving them.”
Jurassic World: Dominion sees Trevorrow, who also co-wrote the film, fulfill his three-film engagement with the multi-billion-dollar franchise (while JA Bayona directed the second film Trevorrow co-wrote). But does this serve as a bookend for the series or the starting point for more?
“I think if these stories continue, it’s time for a new filmmaker to come in and put their spin on it,” he thought. “I’ve been lucky for the last six or seven years to create this party for what Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton brought to the screen.
“I’m really thinking of being able to pass that torch on in the same way we’re burning the torch to new characters in this movie. There are new heroes, it’s not just about the hereditary characters coming back, and the new actors in the film are hopefully characters that we will see again in the future. Dominion is a completely different kind of film and I think the audience will be down to go on this journey with us as we evolve into new directions. ”
Jurassic World: Dominion lands in theaters June 10, 2022.