Yesterday Universal and Legendary Entertainment premiered the first full trailer for the much-anticipated Jurassic World. Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), this latest Jurassic sequel picks up 20+ years after the disastrous events of the original Jurassic Park. And because we humans don’t like learning from our mistakes, a new incarnation of the dino-filled theme park is up and running and open to the public. Do we even have to tell you that things take a bad turn?
There’s a lot to see in the new trailer, so we went through with a fine-toothed comb made of prehistoric amber and will run down the highlights below. Where to start? Why, some kids destined to be recklessly endangered, of course! We get a brief shot of Judy Greer’s character sending the kids off on their journey to a dinosaur theme park with a history of disaster and carnage, because clearly: mother of the year.
Next we get a quick set of “Welcome to Jurassic World” shots: guests arriving at the island of Isla
Fubar Nublar in a swanky boat, a riff on the iconic shot of the huge opening gates, and a bunch of people milling about and unaware of the “dino chow” signs somebody stuck on all their backs.
So, since this thing is operational, what sort of activities can one enjoy at beautiful, scenic, murderous Jurassic World? Well, you can ride alongside a dino stampede!
Canoe down a lazy river and wave at the stegosaureses! (Stegosauri?)
Or cruise along in this crazy future ball!
Don’t worry! All the activities at Jurassic World have been meticulously designed to keep you absolutely safe, even when nose-to-nose with prehistoric beasts.
One of the big features of the new Jurassic World is an addition of an aquatic side to the park, so we get some imagery lifted straight from SeaWorld…
…except instead of killer whales performing tricks, you get a giant Mosasaurus launching out of the water to chow down on a suspended great white shark.
Soon we get to meet Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Claire, stepping in for John Hammond as Head Honcho in Charge of Ill-Conceived Scientific Experiments for People Who Never Read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
And it wouldn’t be a Jurassic Park movie without some amber-encased insects, egg incubators, and, er, a dino spine with some wires wrapped around it? One of the big plot points is that they’ve not only resurrected dinosaurs, this time they’ve created a hybrid strain, but it still seems odd to just have a spine lying around the lab in an Ozarka tank.
And here comes Chris Pratt as Owen, a character Pratt himself has described as a mix between Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm (played by Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in the original film, respectively). He’s the skeptic/voice of reason who’s on hand to deal with shit when things go south, and to say things like, “You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea.”
And sure enough, before you know it we’ve got ominous enormous claw marks…
…and running. So, so much running. In the second shot below, Owen is likely sprinting away from one of the aforementioned hybrid dinos.
Naturally, a big trailer like this needs something epic to leave you with. So how about Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle while velociraptors sprint alongside him? Yep, that should do it.
Jurassic World will stomp into theaters on June 12, 2015. You can rewatch the full trailer and see more screengrabs below.