Film: Jurassic World

Life finally found a way.
"The park is open."

After over a decade of Development Hell, Jurassic World is the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, after the release of Jurassic Park III in 2001. It is intended to be the first of a new era in the series. Colin Trevorrow takes over as director, while Steven Spielberg remains on as an executive producer. Like the third film, it uses concepts and characters created by Michael Crichton, but is not directly based on any novel of his.

Twenty-two years after the disastrous events at Isla Nublar in the first film, the late John Hammond's dream has finally come to pass: the island now hosts a fully-functioning theme park with dinosaurs, run by the Masrani Corporation. However, the public has gotten used to the dinosaurs and attendance is slowly declining. A new attraction developed to bring in more visitors backfires disastrously, as things done by the park's owners always do...

Chris Pratt stars in the lead role of Owen Grady, a man hired to study the behavior of the Velociraptors, and Bryce Dallas Howard as the female lead and park operations manager, Claire Dearing. It also stars Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani, the new owner of the park after the death of John Hammond, and Vincent D'Onofrio as the main human antagonist and head of security staff, Vic Hoskins. Zach and Gray are Claire's nephews and the main kids played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins. B.D. Wong is the only actor so far reprising his role from the original trilogy, as Dr. Henry Wu. Other actors for the movie include Omar Sy, Brian Tee, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lupkus and Jake Johnson.

The first official trailer was released on November 25, 2014. The movie also has two separate Viral Marketing websites, one the "official site" of the Jurassic World park itself, another the website for Masrani Global Corporation.


Jurassic World provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: The Velociraptors were originally antagonists in the novels and the previous films. Here, they're trained by Owen and help him fight against the new threat.
  • Aesop Amnesia: A Foregone Conclusion, considering how bad things went in the original film. But to the Masrani Corporation's credit, the park has been running successfully for enough time that the dinosaurs are beginning to lose their wonder with the public.
  • All There in the Manual: The accompanying websites, viral marketing or not, provide a lot of background information on the film, such as when the park opened, Hammond's passing (see below), and Dr. Wu's future projects for genetic research (namely an endeavor to recover DNA to clone Ice Age-era mammals).
  • Always a Bigger Fish: The great white shark, one of the most infamous and largest predators in our world, is just a snack for the colossal sea reptile Mosasaurus, SeaWorld style. note 
    • Director Colin Trevorrow was asked about the logistics of feeding the Mosasaurus great whites, given that those sharks are endangered. His response was that he'd actually considered that, and reasoned that logically, if InGen is able to clone extinct dinosaurs back to life, they're also capable of cloning endangered animals as food for the dinosaurs in their park.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Dr. Henry Wu will be returning in a larger role than he had in the first film.
    • On the dinosaur side of the coin, Metriacanthosaurus, Suchomimus and Baryonyx had been referenced or mentioned in the previous trilogy, and the latter two now feature as park attractions. It remains to be seen if all three get to appear.
  • Badass: Owen, who trains raptors and rides alongside a pack of them on a motorcycle.
  • Badass Crew: Owen and his pack of hunting raptors.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Hoskins serves as the main human villain, while the Indominus rex will be the dinosaur Big Bad.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: After Jurassic Park and The Lost World (and Jurassic Park III), Jurassic World.
  • The Bus Came Back: Three from the first film: Dr. Henry Wu, the head geneticist of InGen; Mr. DNA, the cartoon character who explains the de-extinction process; and the T. rex from that film.
  • Bus Crash: At the end of Jurassic Park III, a trio of Pteranodon are shown having escaped the Aviary and flying into the sunset. The Viral Marketing website for Masrani Global Corporation reveals that they were killed over Canada that same year (2001) by Vic Hoskins, whose skill and professionalism during the incident convinced Simon Masrani to hire him as head of security for the new park on Isla Nublar.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Mosasaurus appears in the film, after playing a prominent role in Jurassic Park The Game. The Masrani website also talks about the Bri-bri natives of Isla Nublar relocated to the mainland in The Eighties, who were first represented in Jurassic Park: The Game in the character of Nima Cruz. The Suchomimus also makes an appearance, having been previously shown in the obscure fighting game Warpath: Jurassic Park, as does the Baryonyx, which has showed up in the Lost World video game and the toyline.
    • Dimorphodon made its first appearance in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Console) as well.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The individual raptors have different color patterns. One has the classic brown colors of the raptors in the first film, one is greenish, one is blue-grey, and one is sandy yellow.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The T. rex displayed on the Jurassic World website appears to be the same T. rex from the original Jurassic Park, complete with scars from the injuries it sustained from the raptors at the end.
    • The East Dock sign that Dennis Nedry crashed his Jeep into might also make an appearance.
    • The top item on the menu for Winston's Steakhouse is Chilean sea bass, the fancy meal that the characters didn't eat in the first film.
    • The Main Street on the island features as its centerpiece a skeleton of a Spinosaurus, the main antagonist from Jurassic Park III.
    • This won't be the first time that a dinosaur capable of camouflage has appeared in the franchise. The arcade version of The Lost World had a Carnotaur (based on the novel's short cameo of the Carnotaurs, which were also capable of camouflage), obviously inheriting genes from a chameleon, as one of the level-ending bosses.
    • Suchomimus and Baryonyx both showed up in JP tie-in video games - a little-known fighting game called Warpath and the video game for The Lost World, respectively.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Owen: You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea.
  • Death from Above: There's a scene where a swarm of Dimorphodons and Pteranodons fly in and snatch people up from the ground.
  • Domesticated Dinosaurs: Complex example. Owen is on very familiar terms with a number of Velociraptors, and has trained them to the point that he can order them to back off if they're about to attack someone. However, director Colin Trevorrow has made it clear that they are still dangerous predators who will bite your head off if you make the wrong move. They're less like the dinosaur equivalent of dogs and more like tamed lions.
  • The Dreaded: The in-universe promotional materials and guides for the park indicate that Velociraptors, being the vicious surplus hunters they are, have been excluded from the list of creatures tourists can view, even while other predators such as T. rex and Mosasaurus have not.
  • Everything Is an iPod in the Future: The park's buildings and other structures have this aesthetic in contrast to the jungly safari theme used for Jurassic Park. Justified, in that the new park is more in line with an aquarium aesthetic than a safari.
  • For Science!: Apparently Indominus rex was created For the Lulz. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
    We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In a second of the trailer a map of the island is in the background. The northern area is called the Restricted Area. The place the Tyrannosaur area was in the old park.
  • Giant Flyer: Pteranodon, like the real thing.
  • Grandfather Clause: In the years since the first film came out, new scientific discoveries have changed the accepted look of many dinosaurs, most notably with the fact that dromaeosaurs such as Velociraptor had feathers. However, this film hasn't changed the dinosaurs to fit these new discoveries in order to keep them in line with their looks in the previous films. And of course, In-Universe these creatures are genetic hybrids.
    • Bit of Fridge Brilliance perhaps. In the novel, one of the scientists criticizes that the park made the kinds of dinosaurs people were expecting, because they were more concerned with spectacle than scientific accuracy. They could never confirm exactly what the original animals looked like. In fact the entire reason they made dangerous carnivores instead of just sticking to docile herbivores is because the public expects a classic "T. rex" - and popular culture for decades didn't think dinosaurs had feathers. In-universe, the park itself may be so famous that ticket-buyers (just like the movie-going audience), have come to think of this as what dinosaurs "should" look like.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: A given.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Where the Indominus Rex is concerned. They wanted to create the most lethal predator ever, so they combined genetic information from Giganotosaurus, abelisaurs, and Homo Sapiens. It's a surefire recipe for a giant, armored, hyper-intelligent and psychotic predator that kills for sport.
  • Ironic Echo: At the beginning of the first trailer, Gray's mother jokingly tells him to "run" if anything chases him. At the end of the trailer, his aunt Claire can be seen screaming for him to run.
  • Kidnapping Bird of Prey: Pteranodons.
  • It Can Think: As to be expected, given that the Velociraptors in the first movie are a Trope Codifier for this. In this installment, they designed the hybrid Indominus rex to be both hyper-aggressive and hyper-intelligent.
  • Killer Rabbit: The Dimorphodons are small but deadly.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Any animal listed as having a high Aggression Index on the website. I. rex, however, has a "Very High" Aggression Index.
  • Harmful to Minors: The young Gray ends up seeing what happens when dinosaurs get to hunt humans. The park itself also discourages parents from letting their younger kids see more violent attractions such as the T. rex and Mosasaurus feedings.
  • Heel-Face Turn: In as much as a species can have one. After years of being studied and trained, the previously Always Chaotic Evil Velociraptors can now work with and around humans safely, with Owen specifically working with a pack of them during the movie.
  • Humanlike Hand Anatomy: The Indominus rex has at least four claws on its hands, including a thumb, and its hands are noticeably larger than that of the T. rex, likely due to the result of the incorporation of Human DNA into its biology.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The predicament the park managers face at the beginning is the fact that attendance has been gradually decreasing as people come to take living dinosaurs for granted. This mirrors how in real life the CGI revolution sparked by this franchise in The Nineties has resulted in big budget special effects no longer being the major, automatic audience-attractor they used to be beforehand. It can also be interpreted as a parallel to how the franchise itself has suffered over time, with both the second and third movies not nearly achieving the success the first film had. The response of the park management is a delicious meta-narrative send-up, though a plausible line of thought for execs: get people to come back to Jurassic Park (both the in-universe visitors and out of universe movie-goers) by hooking them with a new super-cool artificially created hybrid dinosaur.
  • Mascot: Besides the T. rex portrayed in its logo, Jurassic World also has Mr. DNA, who even has a live actor in a suit portray him and meet with younger visitors. The I. rex itself was created in large part to be the park's new mascot.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The Indominus rex roughly means "fierce king" or "untamable king".
    • "Jurassic World" is a take on "Sea World". The Mosasaurus scene drives this home.
  • Mega Corp.: The Masrani Corporation, the park's new sponsors, very much fit here - at least according to the viral marketing website. In fact, it's even implied that Jurassic Park represents only a tiny percentage of the Corporation's annual revenue, as their main business investments are in oil, renewable energy, and telecommunications.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The Masrani Corporation, seeking to revive dwindling interest in the park, commissions something bigger and nastier to be genetically bred in a laboratory, incorporating traits from various species, prehistoric and modern. Note that this is a similar premise to the Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect toyline.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: Indominus rex, the dinosaur Big Bad, killed and ate its sibling.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The description for Isla Nublar's golf course describes it as "the only golf course that was sixty-five million years in the making", a callback to the tagline of the original film.
    • Among the locations is a restaurant called Winston's Steakhouse, after the late Stan Winston who worked on the animatronic dinosaurs for the previous films.
    • The blurb for the Creation Tour on the park website starts off with "Life finds a way..."
  • Our Founder: The late John Hammond has a statue erected of him outside the Hammond Creation Lab, complete with a hue-accurate replica of his famous amber-topped walking stick.
  • Predators Are Mean/Herbivores Are Friendly: Case in point, almost all of the carnivores (except Baryonyx, Dimorphodon and Suchomimus) have high Aggression Indexes. The ones with low Aggression Indexes are all herbivores.
  • Product Placement:
    • The park is filled with real-life stores, brands, and other products such as Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Ben & Jerry's, Pandora Jewelry, and a Hilton Hotel.
    • Also, just like in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, it seems that the park's vehicles will be supplied by Mercedes Benz.
  • Ptero Soarer: Pteranodon and Dimorphodon. Poor Pteranodon has been warped beyond recognition, having an overly elongated body, poorly proportioned wings and improperly placed feet. Although the designers at least had the decency to remove their teeth and make them quadrupedal. The Dimorphodons are depicted as vicious predators. Real Dimorphodons were harmless insectivores.
  • Raptor Attack: Considering Jurassic Park was the Trope Maker, it only makes sense the raptors retain their now inaccurate look.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Richard Attenborough's health was in rapid decline during production of this film, negating any chance of reprising his role as John Hammond. That said, it is pure coincidence that Hammond was already written out as having passed away, only for Attenborough to indeed pass away in real life.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Indominus' eyes are a blood red.
  • Retcon: John Hammond was planned to pass away by the end of The Lost World, but the scene was cut from the film, leaving Hammond's status unknown during Jurassic Park III. The Masrani Corporation's website accepts the deleted scene as canon, stating that Hammond passed away in 1997 (the year The Lost World was released), and InGen being acquired by Masrani a year later. In August 2014, after the death of Lord Richard Attenborough, Colin Trevorrow tweeted a picture of a statue of Hammond in the new Visitor's Center.
  • The Reveal: In a leaked clip from an unfinished version of the debut trailer, a Velociraptor is seen advancing menacingly towards Owen. Then it's revealed that Owen is training multiple raptors, and that they listen to his commands.
  • Revisiting the Roots: After the second and third movies focused on people navigating Isla Sorna and surviving the wild, uncontained dinosaurs there, Jurassic World returns to the first movie's focus on the logistics and ethics of operating a dinosaur theme park.
  • Schmuck Bait: On the Safety First page of the film's website, visitors are reminded to not tap on the glass, cross barriers, throw objects into exhibits, or tease the dinosaurs. To emphasize this point, they show the Tyrannosaurus rex Kingdom entrance immediately below this text.
  • Seldom Seen Species: Metriacanthosaurus, Baryonyx, Suchomimus, Microceratus, and the flying reptile Dimorphodon make their debuts as park attractions. Indominus rex also has Giganotosaurus, Majungasaurus and Rugops DNA.
  • Sequel Escalation: Going from the trailer alone, this film provides this in spades.
  • Shout-Out: Using a great white shark as bait for the Mosasaurus.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The Mosasaurus is portrayed with a second row of teeth on its palate and a somewhat shark-like tail.
    • The Apatosaurus has the proper forefoot shape, lacking any toes except a single claw.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer:
    • Considering the fact that he's pretty vital to the plot, it's rather odd that Dr. Wu does not appear at all in the debut trailer.
    • The trailer doesn't showcase the Tyrannosaurus at all, despite being a prominent part of the franchise.
    • Vic Hoskins, Vincent D'Onofrio's character, has not yet shown his face in the official trailers.
  • The Smart Guy: Dr. Wu, naturally, for InGen. His genetic work is described as usually shattering investor's expectations.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Dr. Wu is set to appear in this episode having gotten off the island in the original film; he wasn't so lucky in the novel.
  • Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: Visible briefly in trailers; the park's control room has a large screen on one wall showing a map of Isla Nublar, which will most likely function as this.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Gallimimus, Pachycephalosaurus, and the flying reptile Pteranodon all return for the film, with the new addition of classic Stock Dinosaur Apatosaurus, and the sea reptile Mosasaurus. The skeleton of Spinosaurus, the main antagonist of the third film, is on display on the Main Street of the island. Indominus rex's DNA includes that of Carnotaurus.
  • Take That, Us: A subtle example; Spinosaurus, the Big Bad of the very unpopular Jurassic Park III is not on the list of the dinosaurs in the park, and so far the only sign of its existence is a skeleton propped up in Jurassic World's main street.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Gray and Zach's mom jokingly telling them to run if anything starts chasing them is probably going to come back to bite her considering how these movies usually play out.
    • Indominus rex was manufactured by the genetic labs because the Tyrannosaurus rex was same old, same old for park visitors.
    • When asked if he thinks the Indominus rex will be scary enough for the kids of their tourist crowd, Masrani states that it will end up giving the parents nightmares as well. Given that the creature ends up breaking lose, causing death and destruction, he really couldn't have picked a poorer choice of words to help pitch the new creation.
  • Too Dumb to Live: You genetically engineered a super-carnivore dinosaur? Surely, that can only end well. Owen takes note that this is "probably not a good idea" when he finds out. And whose idea was it to give it human DNA?
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A major plot point is that the public has gotten used to the spectacle of cloned dinosaurs, hence the Masrani Corporation's turn to further genetic experimenting to try to revitalize interest in the park.
  • X Meets Y: Jurassic World is a Jurassic Park movie that takes aspects of the first three movies, and even some of the games, throws it all into a blender and keeps only the best aspects of each one.
  • Zeerust Canon: The dinosaurs in this film are just like ones in the previous movies, despite the fact that they no longer fit with the current scientific theory that many dinosaurs had feathers.
  • Zerg Rush: After escaping their confinement somehow, the pterosaurs of the park descend on the countless swarms of tourists on Main Street en masse.