The trailer takes itself deadly seriously, but its ideas are ridiculous.
The gist of the storyline seems to be that Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing and Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady are teaming up to go back to Isla Nublar years after the park has closed, because the dinosaurs are all going to die when the island “explodes.” The duo wants to save the animals—in particular, Blue, a now-grown up velociraptor that Grady raised when it was a baby. The trailer seems to hint that there are other human forces at play, rounding up the dinosaurs for presumably some other purpose, but it’s hard to know for sure.
Much of the trailer recounts just two set pieces—one in which a tyrannosaurus rex intervenes as Grady is threatened by another dinosaur, and one in which all the dinosaurs seem to be fleeing an island that is about to explode—though they seem to occur in close proximity. Significant moments of the latter are shown, so avoid the trailer if you don’t want that scene spoiled for you. Other highlights include Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm speaking at some kind of hearing about what to do with the dinosaurs, some sexual history and tension between the film’s leads, and a lot of tense-looking dinosaur confrontations with lava raining from the sky.
The trailer presents a lot of questions, but most of them are pretty silly. Why is the island going to explode? Is it volcanic? If so, how did they know so far in advance it’s going to happen? Who is rounding up the dinosaurs in cages? Is Malcolm speaking out against what the protagonists are doing as they try to save the dinosaurs from extinction? Is that scene at the cliff-face with the exploding island the climax? If not, where does the movie go from there?
Filming took place in both Hawaii and the United Kingdom, so it’s plausible that the film pulls a The Lost World: Jurassic Park and concludes with dinosaurs on the mainland. Whatever happens, it looks like it will be pretty over the top.
The movie looks downright goofy—for audiences, that goofiness could be one possible answer to Grady’s question in the trailer, “What could go wrong?” We’ll find the rest of the answer to that question when the movie releases on June 22, 2018.