How ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ options the best character arc of all time

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We still have some time before Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters next year, but after seeing the brand new five-minute preview that finally hit YouTube, we’ve got a lot of food for thought that we’ve got in the meantime. In this case, it’s one of the longest running characters in the franchise – the original T-Rex!

If you haven’t seen the Jurassic World: Dominion preview, which was shown alongside Fast & Furious 9 on IMAX just a few months ago, we encourage you to check it out online now and then come back here because we’ll get it in spoilers . Although chances are, by the time you read this, you’ve probably seen it!

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The five-minute film is the second short film in the Jurassic Park film franchise after Battle at Big Rock from 2019, in which a family takes on an allosaur on a camping trip, at the end of which dinosaurs will be released to the American mainland.

However, the Jurassic World: Dominion Preview is the series’ first prequel as it takes us back 65 million years! This pre-timed land introduces us to several prehistoric beasts: a herd of giant flying reptiles known as Quetzalcoatlus, a herd of Nasutoceratops, and Giganotosaurus, a predator that rivals even T-Rex in size.

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To demonstrate these comparisons to the audience, a fight breaks out between the new dinosaur and a T-Rex (which actually wears some feathers, making it more paleo than any other version in the series). However, the fight doesn’t last long (it’s even shorter than the T-Rex vs Spinosaurus fight in Jurassic Park III) and the Rex is left on the ground.

While this fight more than likely suggests the prehistoric protagonist of Jurassic World: Dominion (each entry so far had its own genetically engineered “final boss”), there’s a lot more meat to the bone here, which is pretty obvious about the mosquito drinks on End of blood from the dead Rex.

Jurassic Park, 1993. © Universal / courtesy Everett CollectionPhoto credit: Universal

Then we jump to the present – four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, to be precise. In an earlier interview, director Colin Trevorrow confirmed this, stating that, in his opinion, every Jurassic Park film is set in the “present” at the time of its release (except for the first few minutes of this preview, of course!).

In this scene, a police helicopter chases the Jurassic World T-Rex through the Sierra Nevada forest, but in the end it storms into a drive-in theater! In a scene not dissimilar to the San Diego incident in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the Rex wreaks havoc, overturns vehicles, and causes mass panic before roaring in front of the big screen.

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Fortunately, nobody seems to get killed (which we think is mainly due to the fact that this particular dinosaur has become an antihero in recent films) and the T-Rex – more affectionately known as “Rexy”. by fans – is driven back into the forest by the chasing helicopter before the end of the film.

At first glance, this might feel like a five-minute trailer for Jurassic World: Dominion, but it’s actually the official prologue to the main feature (though we’re not sure if it will be the actual opening or not). And there’s a lot to take away from this preview as it really sets the stage for the sixth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise.

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While for the preview it might have been better to focus on today’s sequence in its entirety, there are a number of reasons why it takes us back in time to the Cretaceous first. First and foremost, it wants to wow audiences who have already been to an IMAX screening for Fast & Furious 9 at the time of release.

The second reason, however, is important in understanding what Jurassic World: Dominion will be about. We all know what the Nusshell premise is – dinosaurs now live on the mainland. And the scene with the drive-thru cinema, as well as the camping trip and the breakout in the Battle at Big Rock, are snapshots of it.

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But there is a focus in the preview that may not be that obvious. The real reason we’re jumping back in time is to meet Rexy’s ancestor, which is why we must first let the feathered T-Rex die so we can then see the mosquito feed on her body. In the same interview a few months ago, Trevorrow also spoke about this, saying:

“Obviously the T-Rex had to die in the process so we can tell the story of how the mosquito bit it at that moment and finally disintegrated into amber and it was restored. But I don’t want kids to be traumatized watching the T-Rex die, so I wanted to make sure we cut to her right away in this day and age where the police are being followed by the police. ”

t-rex catches unfortunate GallimimusPhoto credit: Jurassic Park Wiki

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As we know, the mosquito in question would eventually be preserved in amber and discovered by InGen scientists 65 million years later. With the fossilized DNA, InGen would end up genetically engineering a clone of the same T-Rex from all those millions of years. And the cloned version is the one we first meet in the 1993 film – Rexy.

Rexy is absent from The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, both of which are set on the second in-gen island, Isla Sorna (or Site B). But in Jurassic World (2015) she returns triumphantly when Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) frees her from her enclosure to fight the Indominus Rex.

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But this isn’t the first time Rexy has been portrayed as an antihero – Jurassic Park already has that honor as she saves Alan (Sam Neill), Ellie (Laura Dern), Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joe Mazzello) from the birds of prey. Rexy returns in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and also saves the day in this movie by eating mustache-swirling villain Eli Mills (Rafe Spall)!

And it looks like Jurassic World: Dominion will further humanize the fan-favorite T-Rex, just as the Jurassic World films did with Blue the Raptor, who has also helped save the day in every film so far. So it’s fair to say that these two dinosaurs are now viewed as characters in their own right, as are each of the humans.

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We also now know that Rexy’s journey doesn’t just begin the moment we meet her in Jurassic Park or even when she was first born in an InGen lab a few years before the first film started. Their story began with their direct ancestor all those millions of years ago. In the interview, Trevorrow went into Rexy’s story and said:

“We’ll see them in the third film, and this one [Jurassic World: Dominion preview] really builds her bow in the third film. The T-Rex has been through a lot. I am with you, I also find her a main character. She started on Isla Nublar, a park that never opened, and then went through the events of Jurassic World, which were likely quite traumatic for her. Then her home was destroyed and she was taken to a completely unfamiliar environment and now she’s practically on the run from the police and it’s all very stressful. I want her to live in peace. That’s all I want for her. Hopefully the audience will want the same. “

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What does Jurassic World: Dominion mean for Rexy? Since the sixth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise may be the last, it’s likely that their very long journey will somehow come to an end. Thankfully, though, it doesn’t sound like Colin Trevorrow is ready to kill one of the franchise’s most unsung heroes.

Jurassic World: Dominion, starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and original actors Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, will hit theaters on June 10, 2022.

How do you think Rexy’s journey will end in Jurassic World: Dominion?

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