Hold on to your butts! Why? Because after 10+ years in development hell, it’s finally time to begin planning your return back to Isla Nublar for Jurassic World, the forth instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise. With little more than six months to go until the gates of the eponymous theme park open up to the cinematic public, it’s high time we got our first look at what has happened to the island in the 22 intervening years since Spielberg’s original.
Any memories of that lumbering and laughable third instalment all but disappear as the first trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s long-awaited sequel begins. Much of what is great about this teaser comes from the director’s meticulous ability to instil Jurassic World with a nostalgic glow that will no doubt have fans roaring with excitement. Over the trailer’s 2-and-a-half-minute runtime, there are many knowing nods to the series’ earlier instalments.
Much of the action we see unfold comes from the perspective of Zack and Grey (Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins). They are this generation’s Lex and Tim, and soon find themselves running, screaming, and (in a particularly nice bow to the original) attempting to conceal themselves from the toothy menace whose shadow we see silhouetted on the screen. And it’s all played to Michael Giacchino’s chillingly atmospheric reworking of John Williams’ score, which slowly creeps up and overpowers you like a Velociraptor in the long grass.
Arguably the narrative doesn’t initially look to have quite such a powerful bite. It’s essentially a reworking of what has come before, involving scientists creating dinosaurs so genetically advanced they cannot be controlled. However, whatever Jurassic World may lack in narrative dynamics, it looks to have made up for with astonishing visual splendour.
Even now, close to a quarter of a century since Alan Grant & co. first gazed upon that Brontosaurus, seeing those superbly rendered dinosaurs on the big screen is enough to take your breath away. The undisputed standout moment of the trailer being the reveal of the great Mosasaurus, which emerges from the deep waters during a particularly eye-opening feeding show. When it comes to the visuals, it certainly seems that Trevorrow, true to the spirit of John Hammond, has spared no expense.
Jurassic World is due to be released in the UK on June 12th 2015.