If we didn’t already know the backstory for the next installment of Jurassic World, it might appear to be a romantic comedy based on the early footage in the new trailer. Leads Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard sit across from each other in a dive bar, getting their flirt on.
But we soon learn this is not a friendly meetup, with Howard’s character saying, “Owen, stop it. This is not why we are here.” It turns out the pair, Claire Dearing (Howard) and Owen Grady (Pratt), are planning a rescue operation to save the dinosaurs trapped on a volcanic island that’s about to errupt.
Clearly, they can’t pull this off on their own. Jeff Goldblum, who was in the original Jurassic Park in 1993 and its follow-up in 1997, returns to reprise his role as the charming mathematician Ian Malcolm.
In the new trailer, the obvious conundrum is addressed: “Do these animals deserve the same protection given to other species? Or, should they just be left to die?”
Malcolm helpfully steps in with this statement: “These creatures were here before us and if we’re not careful, they’re going to be here after.” Sooo, rescue them? Or leave them to their explosive fate? He seems to be on the fence, recognizing dinosaurs’ prehistoric existence on Earth but also expressing fear of the dangerous modern-day beasts.
You can sample the aftermath of the protagonists’ mission in the below clip:
Malcolm’s theory above is slightly flawed, what with these 21st century dinosaurs being man-made, but, they are here now. So, is it up to humankind to take responsibility for their creation?
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters on June 22.
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