The third and last full trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has arrived, and it’s absolutely stunning! In case you weren’t aware, there are many spoilers ahead, so go forward at your own risk if you want to go into the movie theater mostly blind about the plot.
It begins with an extended cut of the Rexy scene, which definitely takes place after they’ve gotten her off of the island– Owen says “she’s tranqued”. She moves her head in slumber and almost takes Owen out in the process, but not quite.
Then, as we’ve seen before, she gets pissed and tries to take a bite of him. Touché, Rexy, everyone expects that. You gotta take a swipe at people with your tail once in a while or something to mix things up.
Then, when Evil Corporate Villain #1 talks to Claire before she goes to the island, he specifically tells her to rescue Blue because “she’s the last of her kind”. Along with Claire’s cry of “It was all a lie!” later on, this gives us two important pieces of information about the DPG rescue operation: it’s funded or assisted at least in part by the Evil Company that ends up making the Indoraptor, and said company needs the team to rescue Blue because it needs her DNA to finalize the design of the Indoraptor. Or for something else involving the Indoraptor, at least.
As far as I can see, this throws a wrench into the timeline of the movie, because if the Indoraptor’s genetic sequence isn’t even complete at the time when the DPG goes to Nublar, then it’ll probably take a good while for Evil Company Incorporated to hatch and grow the animal. Even with the accelerated growth technology that InGen used in Jurassic World, it’ll probably take a good few months. And since Claire and Owen seem shocked to see the Indoraptor at its big reveal (more on that later), the DPG will have had much more time to raise public awareness that shadowy corporations are in fact planning to use dinosaur cloning technology for nefarious purposes. Thus there’ll be more public awareness generated, and when news gets out of the Indoraptor incident, there’ll be more public impact and more likelihood that legislation protecting dinosaurs will be put out as a result. It also gives Claire and Owen more time to work together and bond, which is good news for Clawen fans.
Speaking of Blue, the connection between him and JP3 Alan Grant is further established, with Mr. Suit #1 (should we even learn his name? We all know he’s not long for this world) suggesting that Claire should bring him along because of his dinosaur expertise, voiced over the first trailer’s shot of him sitting in an airplane above the island and looking pensive. As if he’s got anything to be grumpy about, getting a firsthand look at the kind of theme park ruins that I would kill to see:
We get a longer look at his confrontation with Blue, where he tries to calm her down by using the clicker and does the familiar arms-out pose from the first JW’s classic shot. Hey, if they’re so determined on including memes from the first movie, at least they’re doing that instead of mentioning Claire’s heels. Then we see how Blue ends up getting injured: she starts shit with a mercenary and then proceeds to get hit.
Claire only realizes that it was all a lie until all the dinos have been captured and loaded onto a ship called the Arcadia, and then there’s a shot of the Rexy scene, so that part doesn’t take place in a DPG-controlled warehouse as I had thought– it happens on or near a boat headed to the mainland, so Claire and Owen are probably making a last-ditch attempt to get Rexy and the other dinosaurs out of there. Well, that’ll certainly happen in one way or another. Actually, I think I have a pretty good idea of what it’ll look like if this T. rex gets out of containment on a boat headed for the mainland…
We get a look at what’s probably Henry Wu’s new lab:
It’s not a huge surprise that Wu took the embryos from Jurassic World and immediately set himself up with the richest and most unethical corporation that he could find. Since according to the DPG website he was investigated for unethical practices after the JW incident, he must’ve gotten off pretty easily, or this corporation just doesn’t care who’s creating their animals as long as they can make a buck. Looks like he didn’t need Hammond to protect him after all. We also see him in front of this device, which I’m guessing is the chamber that he creates the Indoraptor in:
And speaking of the Indoraptor: oh, wow. Oh, wow. This is where the cinematography starts getting really good. I’m still iffy on the plot of the movie, but there is no doubt in my mind that whatever happens, it’s going to be absolutely beautiful. Look at this:
Her escape isn’t shown in this trailer, but judging from shots we’ve seen in previous trailers and in the behind-the-scenes featurette from alongside the first one–
–there’s about as much running and screaming as you’d expect.
Owen gets Blue to trust him again (hopefully not for the last time) and the two of them end up in some kind of dinosaur containment room. I mention this specifically because it hilariously parallels the earlier scene with Rexy roaring over the fallen carnotaur:
If it wasn’t clear before, we now definitely know that the ultimate dinosaur rampage/stampede sequence will take place in and near the Lockwood mansion. The guy getting picked up by the pterodactyl definitely happens near it, and probably so does this shot of Rexy roaring at someone who’s dressed in a way that’s specifically reminiscent of another embryo thief that we know and love:
Scattered in between those two parts of the trailer are, in my opinion, the two best parts. First, this gorgeous bit:
And my long-awaited underwater mosasaur scene. I still don’t know why the DPG would bother going down there to look for the Indominus’ remains, but oh am I glad they do.
With this and the shot of her in the wave, the queen of the ocean singlehandedly steals the show with the two best shots in the whole thing. I’m just… I’m just so proud of her, is all. I’m crying because I’m happy, I promise.
The rest of the trailer is filled with shots that we’ve already seen, interspersed with new footage of the Indoraptor chasing the gang around the Lockwood mansion. This shot in particular is very clever; the Indoraptor is putting humans into a cage instead of the other way around.
This trailer, despite its heavy subject matter, is definitely trying to lighten the mood at least a little. Owen jokes around with Claire and there’s irony, like in the shot above, to make us grin. It can’t all be a dark, gritty horror movie, after all.
The trailer ends with an extended scene of Indoraptor breaking into Maisie’s room, which might be interpreted to supplement my idea of the Indoraptor ultimately being a curious creature that only ended up being vicious because of the environment it was raised in.
The way it opens her window, peers into her room and quietly puts its head over her bed seems much more delicate and almost human-like. In my eyes, this doesn’t look like predator behavior– it looks like a genuinely confused animal that’s seeing for the first time a human that doesn’t want to hurt it or force it to fight. Even when Owen shoots at it in an earlier shot, it just raises back up and looks at him, instead of charging him like it definitely could if it wanted to. I said in my last post that I’d be happy if the movie ended with the revelation that Indoraptor was only so malicious because of its genetic tampering and the way it was raised, and unless I’m completely interpreting this wrong, I think this sequence of it being delicate with Maisie will be foreshadowing that the true evil here came from humans.
Aside from the trailer, we also have a couple of new posters!
Reaction to these posters has been mostly negative, but they surely won’t be the only ones we’ll get until June. Also, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, we’ve gotten some stills from the movie and shots of the cast having a grand old time with the Indoraptor:
What do you think about the trailer and the posters? Let me know in the comments and/or on Twitter!
Update: a Chinese trailer containing some extra dialogue and shots has been released, and it confirms that Blue’s DNA is used to create the Indoraptor, which is personally designed by Wu:
Also, an Entertainment Weekly article reveals that the DPG is trying to bring the dinosaurs to “a sanctuary that Lockwood has created in America”, only to find that ” the dinosaurs are actually being sold, not saved”, presumably all to corporations, like the Indoraptor.
Update: A new TV spot shows that Claire and Franklin escape the Baryonyx’s innaccurately-short jaws by climbing up and out of a manhole, showing that the scene does indeed take place underground and presumably in an underground station leading out of the Cretaceous Cruise river: