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By Bruno Martino

On June 11th 2015, one of the most anticipated movies in the last years is going to be released. After a very long development hell, Jurassic World will hit worldwide theatres in few days. The movie is the fourth instalment of the glorious Jurassic Park saga. It is produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by the young and emerging director Colin Trevorrow. The cast includes famous actors such as Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Twilight Saga) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket and Men in Black). Main actors of the previous chapters do not appear in the new sequel. According to IMDB the movie has a complete new temporal setting. In fact it is set “twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park”[1], where “Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond”[2].

 

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The movie was presented on May 29th through a worldwide premiere in Paris. In this event many fans of the saga reached the capital of France full of enthusiasm and trepidation. According to vipconcierge.com Jurassic World will have a second domestic premiere and after party on “June 9th, 2015, Hollywood”[3]. The first premiere in Paris was also brodcasted in streaming and had high level of audiences. The real aim of the director Colin Trevorrow is very clear. The previous Jurassic Park movies such as Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World (1997) were released in a time where the level of special effects and technology was not able to recreate the original ideas by Steven Spielberg. However Trevorrow did not use only Computer Graphic to recreate dinosaurs. He confessed “we handled things in four different ways. We have our computer-generated dinosaurs, we have our animatronic dinosaurs. We also have motion-capture dinosaurs”[4].

 

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The most controversial aspect of the movie is that his director is young and didn’t have a previous experience in big budget productions. Most of his previous works were independent and low budget films such as Safety Not Guaranteed. Jurassic World seems to have “a budget of 190,000,000 $”[5] and this figure doesn’t include marketing cost for domestic and overseas releases. A previous figure suggested “a budget of 150,000,000 $”[6]. It seems to have been an unwise choice to entrust such a big production to a not so well established filmmaker. Some websites have made predictions about the Domestic Opening weekend. For example according to the Variety Magazine “Jurassic World” is projected to open to north of $100 million”[7]. This figure is very similar to other blockbusters such as Avengers: Age of Utron.

 

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Jurassic World will see the presence of a new species of dinosaur called Indominus Rex. This is not a real species, but a creature made by genetic engineering. In fact the owners of the script decide to introduce this new dinosaur to attract more visitors. Trevorrow revealed that “the Indominus Rex was created because of a corporate mandate for something new, bigger and with way more teeth to help the struggling Jurassic World stay open for business”[8]. Moreover “the geneticists who created Indominus filled its DNA strands with that of other animals”[9]. In the movie there are also other new dinosaurs such as “Pachycephalosaurus, Parasaurolophus and the aquatic Mosasaurus”[10].

 

At the moment some critics and journalists have been able to review it. They watched it at the Paris premiere and in some private screenings for the press. The early good buzzes about Jurassic World seem to be confirmed by the website Slashfilm.com. According to it “the movie certainly is very action heavy after the first 45min (for better or worse) but has a ton of charm, and is incredibly well put together. There aren’t any major surprises for those who followed the production closely, but again, 3 out of the 4 praised it as the best JP sequel by far”[11]. The problem is that there are too many expectations on this film and some small mistakes may disappoint the fans. The judgements from early screenings are not reliable and may be inflated by “the hype of the movie and the allure of the event”[12].

 

 

[1] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369610/

[2] Ibidem.

[3] http://www.thevipconcierge.com/VIPEvents/540/Jurassic-World-Movie-Premiere-After-Party-VIP-Tickets.aspx

[4] http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2015/07/play/jurassic-world-colin-trevorrow

[5] http://uk.businessinsider.com/new-jurassic-world-trailer-movie-cost-2015-4?r=US

[6] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369610/business?ref_=tt_dt_bus

[7] http://variety.com/2015/film/news/summer-box-office-jurassic-world-1201514112/

[8] http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Jurassic-World-Reveals-Its-Terrifying-Dinosaur-See-It-Now-69474.html

[9] Ibidem.

[10] http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Jurassic-World-Feature-18-Dinosaurs-70075.html

[11] http://www.slashfilm.com/jurassic-world-early-buzz/

[12] Ibidem.

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