While awe is obviously the ultimate game, Jurassic World: Dominion didn’t shy away from the details.
The first footage of the threequel, a five-minute extended review that was projected for a handful of reporters at IMAX headquarters in Los Angeles, shows a two-part story. The five-minute screening will be screened in cinemas before the F9 IMAX screenings.
The first part is a story of origin. Using vast landscapes, an abundance of dinosaurs and garnishing the primordial nature of the prehistoric era, the emphasis is on context. The intimacy of a bug perched on a dinosaur’s foot is compared to the grandeur of a herd bathing in a lake while a winged creature pounces to feast on a corpse.
The battle between two predators at the top inevitably plays like a western as they circle and stand up, eventually ending in the horrific death of T-Rex. As her pupils dilate, she becomes a feeding ground for a bug that absorbs a blood sample. The sequence comes from the beginning of the film.
“Now we know who killed her,” Jurassic World enthusiast: Dominion director Colin Treverow. “We hope people will want revenge.”
Scroll forward 65 million years and the audience faces a T-Rex chased by a helicopter through a forest as it heads to a crowded movie theater showing a double bill of American graffiti and Flash Gordon. Should the audience read something about this?
“I felt like a dual feature that I would like to go see,” explained the director, who spoke to the press via Zoom. “[Jurassic World series star] Bryce [Dallas Howard]Dad’s in one of them, so I guess that’s a little advice to Ron Howard. I saw this driving as the places I went to grow up. They were in Mendocino, the area where American Graffiti was placed, and that also connects it to the Skywalker Ranch, where we mixed the film. It connected the whole thing to Northern California. “
Chaos occurs on a large scale as people run for cover. T-Rex kicks cars, creating chaos against the backdrop of a movie screen as couples get out and friends and family hang out, accompanied by a soundtrack of screams and the roar of the dinosaur brand. The audience is then treated briefly to look at other prehistoric titans creating chaos elsewhere. Trevor confirms that this chaos is global.
“To some extent, yes,” the director explained, although there don’t seem to be dinosaurs with tanks or anything like that on the streets. “We are creating a world in which dinosaurs exist in the same way that animals live now, which is that if you go too deep into the forest, you may be in danger of invading their territory and injuring yourself. I didn’t want to anthropomorphize them. I didn’t want to turn them into anything but natural animals as they are. I mean, the dinosaurs were real. “
The cast of the film, including Chris Pratt and Howard, is missing from the footage. While this may come as a surprise or disappointment to fans, there is a good reason for it.
“It’s not that I didn’t actively want them around, but here we’re telling a really big, epic, stretched story,” the director said. “I felt it was an opportunity to tell the story of T-Rex. She is a character who has gone through a lot in 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. This time it looks a little different, as it has a proto feather. “
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Jurassic World: Dominion also sees the return of the original Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum from Jurassic Park, but how much will they play in this sixth film in the franchise?
“For me, and I’ve always been, I wouldn’t put a character from any of the previous films in the film unless they had a reason to be there,” Trevorrow said. “It was the first time we felt we had a story to justify their presence in the film, because they wouldn’t just shout and go on an adventure. We had to come up with a reason. “
Trevor also confirmed that there would be “surprises”, but “I don’t know if it will be about who is in it.”
The director confirmed that the visual effects on the film are “nearing completion”, and he has cut the film “for some time”, adding that it is “really nice” not to have to hurry to make a release date of 2021.
“We are allowed to be a little more aware and careful and not feel the constant pressure,” he added. “It gives us a chance to show it to friends, other directors and fans, to talk to them and find out if there’s anything necessary from what we don’t give them.”
Jurassic World: Dominion sees Trevorrow, who also co-wrote the film, fulfilling his commitment from three billion-dollar franchise films (while JA Bayona directed the second film, Trevorrow co-wrote it). But does this serve as a bookcase for the series or as a jump for more?
“I think if these stories continue, it will be time for a new director to come in and turn him around,” he said. “I’ve been lucky for the last six or seven years to create this celebration of what Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton have brought to the screen.
“I’m really into the idea of being able to pass on this torch in the same way that we pass it on to the new characters in this film. There are new characters, it’s not just the inherited characters who return, and the new actors in the film are characters we will want to see again in the future. “Dominion” is a completely different kind of film and I believe that the audience will not continue to travel with us as we develop in new directions. “
Jurassic World: Dominion will land in theaters on June 10, 2022.