Chris Pratt in Jurassic World

Bert Macklin: Dinosaur Hunter

by Nur Hussein, staff writer

The Jurassic World trailer has been released early onto the unsuspecting internet today, after the trailer for the trailer (why is that even a thing now?) promised it would only air on Thanksgiving day. This is the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, and the director this time is Colin Trevorrow, who gave us the masterpiece of an indie sci-fi flick, Safety Not Guaranteed in 2012. Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two installments of the franchise, retains a seat in the production as executive producer.

The film stars Chris Pratt, who appears to be a no-nonsense animal handler (like the character of Muldoon in the first film, except with more sex appeal). Pratt’s character works at Jurassic World, the park from the first film, which has somehow finally opened to the public. It has been many years since the disaster at the site of Jurassic Park, the first venture on Isla Nublar created by John Hammond in the first movie. There’s a twist this time though; they have created a brand new genetically engineered dinosaur that they just “cooked up”, which is smarter and possibly more vicious than any of the others.

The trailer gives us a visual tour of the bustling park; four wheel drive vehicles drive alongside a pack of ornithomimids, boats go down a river with stegosaurs on the banks, and at one point we see what looks like a giant hamster ball with people admiring sauropods from within it. Next, we see a giant sea monster that swallows a shark whole for a crowd of delighted audiences. It’s a somewhat disturbing image that seems to echo the real life controversies of Sea World as exposed by the documentary Blackfish, a tale of what goes wrong when you put wild animals in a theme park, a lesson that Jeff Goldblum’s character Ian Malcolm tried to teach us numerous times in the first two movies. Things will inevitably go wrong in this one too, and it’s up to Chris Pratt to save the day.

Jurassic World will premiere in the United States on June 12th 2015. It’s been a long while since we saw a good dinosaur movie, so here’s hoping this one will rock, considering the talented director at the helm and Chris Pratt’s rising star power.

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