Universal brought out its big star Chris Pratt to show off a whole new sizzle reel for Jurassic World. And what I saw was definitely better than the earlier released clip, mainly because it was very dinosaur-heavy. And it helped the evil smart dinosaur a little as well (a very little). Spoilers ahead.
Pratt and director Colin Trevorrow briefly ran out on stage for CinemaCon 2015 to debut a new Jurassic World sizzle reel to the crowd, something that Pratt gleefully re-titled, “just the tip,” because, “Its free, but if you want the rest you’re going to have to pay for it.” And like that, they vanished and what we saw was a fairly dinosaur-centric collection of Jurassic World footage. The clips ditched the kids previously introduced in the first trailer for a closer look at the behind-the-scenes operation at the Jurassic World theme park.
And, obviously, there was gobs more Chris Pratt time. The reel opened with a raptor handler falling into the raptor pit after an errant pig escaped captivity. Not really worth sacrificing your life for, but hey, it is what it is. Naturally, the raptors descend upon this fallen worker; Pratt sees this and rushes out. Slowly and calmly, he makes “woah woah” hands, lulling the raptors into a state of peace, as far as raptors can be at peace when also thinking about eating someone. Pratt’s voiceover states, “It’s not about control. It’s a relationship based on respect.” So yeah, this is his raptor posse.
Next up is all Jurassic World theme park glory. Tourists stand in front of a T-Rex as it gobbles up a goat; tourists watch the underwater mosasaurus gobble up another fish; it’s death death death and spectacle. Kids ride baby triceratops with saddles — this part was actually insanely cool and gave me the old Jurassic Park shivers. And now back to the backstage, where the two Jurassic World suits (Bryce Dallas Howard and Irrfan Khan) are chatting about their new genetically enhanced dinosaur. Pratt is not amused. BDH asks if this new creation will give the kids nightmares Khan counters, “It will give the parents nightmares.”
And now all the special powers of the new evil dinosaur start to tumble out. It turns out there were two of them, but one ate her sister. Also she’s wicked smart; somehow she escapes and just destroys everything. A worker and Pratt hide under separate cars, but she can sniff them out. The quick-witted Pratt cuts the fuel line under his automobile and douses himself with gas, masking his scent. It’s clever.
But it’s also too late. The dinosaur is out, and trying to get her back into her cage only makes everything worse. People are getting eaten left and right. The dinosaur rips out her own tracker; it’s madness. Jake Johnson pops out of nowhere as some sort of behind-the-scenes tech guy and reminds us all that people are getting chomped on. Then Vincent D’Onofrio shows up as some sort of big game hunter and screams a lot of facts. There aren’t enough boats to get all the tourists off at once. He blasts the super smart dino with guns, but it’s all for naught.
Cue one Chris Pratt, who wants to do things “my way” and his way is with his Raptor Pack of dinosaurs. You don’t actually get to see him go after the evil dinosaur in question (that’s probably the climax), however you do see him and BDH mourning over a pack of murdered brontosaurus (killed by the evil dinosaur). This is actually great, because it shows that BDH is more than just a suit. She cares.
Overall, it was nice to see the focus back on the animals. The only “wow, I wish that was me” moment was the kids riding the trikes around, but when you think about it, it’s kind of cruel. The whole thing has a Blackfish stink to it that I love, but the vibe is more action and horror and less spectacle and awe moments. Less wonder, more guns. We’ll have to wait for more.
Jurassic World hits theaters June 12th 2015.