It may take almost a year, but Universal Pictures is already getting moviegoers excited Jurassic World: Dominion. The third installment in the current trilogy is set to hit theaters next summer and the studio recently unveiled a huge (in every sense of the word) tease for the blockbuster alongside IMAX screenings of F9. It was action packed and revealing. While we wait for the footage to come online, here’s a rundown of what’s currently playing in theaters in the Jurassic World 3 IMAX preview.
Jurassic World: Dominion IMAX Footage Preview Warning: Spoilers for the Jurassic World 3 IMAX example. For those who don’t want anything spoiled, turn back now. The footage, it’s worth noting, isn’t just a trailer. It’s an extended preview that includes a huge, extended series, along with what can be described as a short teaser. Not much story is woven into the preview. Although it does give a general idea of what this film has to offer. And what it offers are some wild new ideas. It promises to discover new things for the franchise.
The images begin in the distant past, about 65 million years ago. Yes, we are going back to the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth. It plays as the most expensive educational film ever produced. Kind of like the old dinosaur specials you might see on the Discovery Channel. Only with blockbuster sensibilities. Although we see some well-known dinosaurs, it all looks and feels different. The color palette. The landscapes. The brutal nature of the ancient world. Dinosaurs trying to survive in their natural element. The only thing missing is a story by Richard Attenborough. Even the appearance of the dinosaurs themselves is a radical departure. Yes, they have feathers. An attempt has been made to make these creatures look more scientifically accurate than in the Jurassic Park series so far.
This part of the preview climaxes when a T-rex, presumably the one who provided the DNA for the original Jurassic Park T-rex, gets into a hardcore brawl with a Giganotosaurus, a new species to the franchise. The fight looks pretty incredible and packs a punch. It’s violent and big. Eventually, the rex meets its demise. We see a mosquito landing on its skin, drinking a little blood and flying away. Again, the assumption here is that this mosquito will get trapped in amber and provide some dino DNO for John Hammond to exploit over millions of years.
We are then transported to the present and picked up after the events of 2018 2018 Fallen Kingdom. As fans will surely remember, the remaining dinosaurs from Isla Nublar were transported to the mainland and are now roaming free. As we are about to learn, this has led to, as Ian Malcolm would put it, chaos. A team in a helicopter chases the T-rex through some greenery in the middle of the night. Unfortunately for some moviegoers, she’s on a direct path to a drive-in theater. Rexy then rushes through and fights his way to destruction. The open-air theater is thrown into a frenzy, with everyone desperately trying to escape with their lives. It’s both scary and fun. Director Colin Trevorrow manages to inject small moments of humor between the carnage. Yes, we saw a T-rex loose in San Diego in The Lost World but this series has a radically different feel to it. It’s more convincing.
After that sequence is over, we’ll move on to what can be loosely described as a short teaser trailer. We see more pictures of dinosaurs in the real world with people. It’s pure pandemonium. We get a glimpse of a swarm of what looks like gallimimus stomping through traffic. We see an allosaurus tearing through a camp in the woods. A shot actually reused from the live-action Battle at Big Rock short. The mosasaurs jump out of the ocean to steal the catch from a fishing boat. The obvious point of emphasis is that humans and dinosaurs must now coexist. This is no longer an isolated incident. We then get to the title card that promises the movie is coming our way next summer.
What have we learned from the Jurassic World: Dominion IMAX Preview? Aside from seeing some of what Colin Trevorrow has come up with, broadly speaking, we learned something about the movie. Much of what has been hyped so far is the fact that the entire franchise will be united. The original JP trio, Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, return as Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler and Ian Malcolm, respectively. Just like Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing. Old and new will clash. But the footage didn’t show us a single frame of these actors in action. Instead, it tried to paint a picture of the world. It created a feeling. A sense of atmosphere.
There was no way the film team could have known that drive-ins would start exploring in 2020 as the pandemic raged. But that moment now feels strangely appropriate. Therefore, as weird as this may sound to say, the preview made this all feel real. Or as real as something strange can feel. Fallen Kingdom, felt like a means to an end in many ways. It didn’t feel real at all. These images, on the other hand, feel, dare I say, grounded. If dinosaur and man were suddenly thrown into the mix after 65 million years, this seems like a good representation of the chaos that would ensue. Universal won’t go into this, which given the concept would be easy to do. They treat it seriously, but not so much that it takes the fun out of it.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that Universal sees this as a blockbuster in the truest sense of the word. A movie you have to see on the big screen. A movie worth blowing up a year in advance. A film that shows audiences something they haven’t seen before. Just like Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park. This is being positioned as a must-see pop culture moment. And if the marketing can be this captivating all the time, it can indeed be a real must-see, shared pop culture experience. Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters June 10, 2022 from Universal Pictures.
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