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Jurassic Park: Everything You Need to Know Before Watching Jurassic World

Matthew Parkinson | 10 Jun 2015 14:00
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Jurassic World (Preview)

Directed by Colin Trevorrow. Produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley. Written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, and Colin Trevorrow. Release date: June 12, 2015.

It's been over a decade since Jurassic Park III was released. It made significantly less money than it predecessors and was poorly received critically, so this makes sense. Now, people have largely forgotten about it, and the idea of a new Jurassic Park movie is something that's almost worth getting excited about.

The Characters

Owen Grady (Chris Pratt): Jurassic World's Velociraptor trainer.

Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard): Jurassic World's operations manager. Aunt of Zach and Gray Mitchell.

Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan): CEO of the Masrani Corporation, owner of Jurassic World.

Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins): Nephew of Claire, brother of Zach. Visits Jurassic World.

Zach Mitchell (Nick Robinson): Nephew of Claire, brother of Gray. Visits Jurassic World.

Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong): Jurassic World's chief geneticist. The only character returning from any of the previous films.

Why Should You Care?

The hook of Jurassic World, as far as I'm concerned, is that the characters have engineered a new dinosaur, and it's what wreaks havoc on the characters. We haven't really seen the new dinosaur in the trailers, and simply seeing what the filmmakers come up with should be exciting. The budget should allow for some good special effects, too. Sadly, this might be the type of movie whose message will be "thou shalt not tamper in God's domain," but it'll hopefully be a fun ride along the way.

One of the most exciting things in the trailer was how Chris Pratt's character teams up with Velociraptors. That seems like it should be fun for a few scenes, especially because it represents a change in teams for the dinosaurs. We haven't seen them team up with humans before, and that change alone might be enough to make Jurassic World feel fresh.

Finally, I'm intrigued to see how Chris Pratt fairs in leading his second big-budget action franchise. He was lots of fun in Guardians of the Galaxy, but it was more of an ensemble film than one in which he's front-and-center at any given moment. This time around, it looks like he'll be exactly that. How he does will likely determine how viable studios see him as a leading actor.

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