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Film: Jurassic World

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

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, a man hired to study the behavior of the Velociraptors. Bryce Dallas Howard also appears, with Vincent D'Onofrio as the main human antagonist, Morton. B.D. Wong is the only actor known so far who is reprising his role from the original trilogy, as Dr. Henry Wu. Other actors confirmed for the movie include Judy Greer, Katie McGrath 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 villainous in the novels and the previous films. Here they are 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 
  • 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. He trains motherfucking raptors!
  • Badass Crew: Owen and his pack of hunting raptors.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Morton serves as the main human villain, while a new dinosaur 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Owen: You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: A given.
  • 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, 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 its raptor genetics. Or 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: We can assume this'll be the case for the Pteranodon and Dimorphodon. Seemingly confirmed in this image; while Dimorphodon seems at least somewhat accurate, 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.
  • Raptor Attack: Considering Jurassic Park was the Trope Maker, it only makes sense the raptors retain their now inaccurate look.
  • 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.
  • Sequel Escalation: Going from the trailer alone, this film provides this in spades.
  • Shout-Out: Using a shark as bait for the Mosasaurus.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 dinosaurs had feathers.