jurassic world fallen kingdom trailer breakdown

The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom generated an admittedly tepid response. Here we go again, people thought, as the trailer went through the motions of showing more dinosaurs, more explosions, and more chases — but this time, without heels.

But then Paramount dropped a second trailer during Super Bowl Sunday, and it blew us all away. It turns out that the Jurassic World sequel is more than simply a rescue mission – it’s a classic clash between dinosaur rights activists and the greedy corporate hacks who only want to make bigger, badder monsters.

Below, we break down the Jurassic World Super Bowl trailer.

It’s every young girl’s worst nightmare: waking up to a dinosaur stealing into your room, its terrible jaws ready to chomp down on your head. But it’s only a nightmare, right? The opening scene for the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer is unusual, out of step with the rest of the franchise’s relatively grounded style. Dream sequences have never been the norm for the Jurassic Park series — okay, apart from the time when a dinosaur infamously talked to Alan (Sam Neill) in Jurassic Park III — so it’s odd to open the trailer on this. But more on that later.

Claire’s (Bryce Dallas Howard) team of plucky dinosaur rescuers venturing bravely back to Isla Nuber may have more resources than I anticipated. Or is that yet another military-supported organization who are removing dinosaurs from the abandoned island? Whatever the case, it seems like the effort to save the dinosaurs from volcanic eruptions is going smoothly for the most part, except for the fact that Claire and systems analyst Franklin (Justice Smith) seem to be soaked to the bone.

“Do you remember the first time you saw a dinosaur? We don’t really believe it. It’s like a miracle.”

Claire briefly brings back the awe that comes with seeing the astonishing prehistoric creatures for the first time with her speech to Chris Pratt’s dino-whisperer Owen Grady, attempting to recruit him to return to Isla Nublar. It’s compounded by the few scenes we see of the dinosaur-rescuing faction standing in reverence as the peaceful Brachiosaurus lumbers by. But this is a monster movie after all, and as much as this franchise is about our childlike passion for dinosaurs, it’s also about our sadistic need to see them destroy and eat things.

The trouble begins at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Claire and Franklin hear ominous stomps down a looming tunnel inside one of the abandoned facilities from the theme park and frantically argue over whether it’s a T-Rex. Thankfully, it’s not a T-Rex…but it’s equally dangerous.

Somehow, everything caught on fire as this dinosaur made its way toward Claire and Franklin. It seems the facility the two were scoping out was just laid waste by a volcanic eruption, and is about to be destroyed by magma and lava. As if the attacking dinosaur wasn’t enough.

We see the aftermath of Claire and Franklin’s escape in the Gyrosphere, presumably at the end of the long sequence where they escape the fiery facility and the hunting dinosaur. We’ve seen from previous clips that they board a Gyrosphere after a horde of dinosaurs start stampeding toward them, but they end up running off a cliff into the water. Thankfully, it seems they get out of it all right, with Owen quickly diving in to save them and the two of them emerging alive, but soaked.

It seems that whatever animosity between Owen and Blue has been resolved, and we didn’t have to worry about Blue snapping Owen’s hand off after all. Here we see Blue in restraints with paleo-veterinarian Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda) stitching him up. But what could have injured Blue like this? Certainly not lava.

Ahh, here we get our villain of the movie, a corporate hack who — surprise! — wants to make bigger, better dinosaurs. “I want to show you the future,” Rafe Spalls’ Eli Mills cryptically says.

This has nothing to do with the plot, but this is just a really cool shot. Owen dives through the jaws of a dinosaur! Like a badass! GRAHHH.

Toby Jones just has a face that communicates “villain,” and he makes full use of it here, leering malevolently as he presents plans to create country-specific hybrid dinosaurs. Are we bypassing corporate ownership and turning dinosaurs into full-fledged international weapons now? Is this the next weapons escalation? We can see Eli Mills sitting beside him during the presentation, so we can assume this is the “future,” that Mills is so eagerly pushing toward.

The horrified faces and gasps in this audience are an incredibly effective way to introduce the mysterious new hybrid dinosaur being rolled out in its cage. This is definitely going to be bigger, badder, and more dangerous.

And it looks like Owen and Claire are done with their dinosaur-rescuing expedition, just in time to witness the deadly new hybrid. “What is that thing?” Claire says, horrified, apparently forgetting that just a few years ago she attempted to make her own horrible hybrid dinosaur that nearly killed thousands. “They made it,” the little girl next to her reponds tearfully — the same girl (Isabella Sermon) who was sitting paralyzed in fear in her bedroom at the beginning of this trailer. See? I told you we would get back to that.

It turns out that dinosaur acting a young girl in her bedroom wasn’t a nightmare! The girl seems to be related to the corporate stooges who made this monstrosity (perhaps she’s Eli Mills’ daughter), living close enough to the building where the dinosaur is housed and knowing plenty about its origin. The hybrid dinosaur has somehow found its way to her bedroom and is set to attack — before its foiled by Owen, who even in his long years with dinosaurs, cannot help but step back in fear.

Guns don’t work against this new dinosaur, apparently, but another attacking dinosaur might! Blue is all better and as buddy-buddy with Owen as before, now defending Owen and the girl from the deadly new hybrid.

Is this a dark peek at the new hybrid? Or just a shot of a typical Tyrannosaurus Rex? It could be the new hybrid, post-bedroom attack — the dark skies and police helicopters point to it being so. If so, the design is…okay. From the side it looks simply like a T-Rex.

Claire has apparently become an expert sniper in her years away from the corporate office. But who could she be aiming at? The new hybrid, most likely.

Here is our closest and most definite glimpse yet of the hybrid dinosaur. That’s the cage in which it was first rolled out for the public to see, and that’s probably its handler, about to be doomed to the bottom of its stomach. Oh balding guy, we hardly knew ye.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens on June 22, 2018.

Four years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinos while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.

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