'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Trailer Breakdown: A Frame-By-Frame Look At The New Footage

After a series of borderline excessive teaser videos earlier in the week, Universal Pictures unveiled the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the newest movie in the long-running franchise. Juan Antonio Bayona (A Monster Calls) is in the director's chair this time, while JW helmer Colin Trevorrow co-wrote the screenplay with Derek Connolly.

Take a deep dive into the latest round of dino action in our full Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom trailer breakdown.

Jurassic TBD 1Jurassic World ended with dinosaur trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and park manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) kissing after living through a pretty extreme experience. But at the start of Fallen Kingdom, we learn that their budding relationship apparently didn't last very long. "So, what – are you dating an accountant now? A ventriloquist? You love a dummy," Owen deadpans as he meets with Claire in a bar.Jurassic TBD 2

Claire's not in the mood for jokes. "That's not why we're here," she says. (Although, in a nice wardrobe touch, it looks like she adopted wearing the henley shirts Owen was so fond of in the first film.)

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Cut to: Owen looking out a window as a plane flies over Isla Nublar, the site of John Hammond's original Jurassic Park and the now-overrun Jurassic World, abandoned after the dinosaurs got loose during the events of the previous film. This monorail has certainly seen better days.

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"I know why we're here," Owen says gravely. Speaking of graves: is that the corpse of an ankylosaur lying in the valley as trucks rumble past? "A rescue op?" Owen asks, mirroring the incredulity of the audience hearing this premise explained to them for the first time. "Save the dinosaurs from an island that's about to explode? What could go wrong?"

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In between movies, Claire has founded the Dinosaur Protection Group, a team devoted to saving as many of the creatures as possible. The trucks in that previous shot seem to have been carrying Claire and her team to a large hangar – you can see one of the trucks in the background as the hangar doors open. But what would cause Claire and her friend (played by Daniella Pineda) to have such a concerned look on their faces?

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Owen, who's obviously been convinced to return to the island, stares up at a volcanic eruption – and those tiny things that look like birds in the distance are pteranodons.

But what could have brought him back to the island after all they went through last time? Back in the bar, Claire drops a knowledge bomb: "Blue is alive. You raised her!" Blue, of course, is the alpha raptor of the pack Owen trained in the last movie.

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Just to hammer home the connection, we see a glimpse of Owen training Blue as a fledgling raptor pup. Or this is misdirection and he's encountering another young raptor elsewhere in the movie. Pratt does his best squinty-eyed Eastwood impression in the bar, and then we head to the island for the rest of the trailer.

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Here's a fun shot: as one of the Dinosaur Protection Group's trucks drives down Jurassic World's main street (which we saw destroyed at the end of the previous movie), a living Compsognathus stands on a table among a bunch of fake dinosaur toys. We've seen that dinosaur a couple of times throughout the franchise: they popped up in both The Lost World and Jurassic Park III.

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In this shot of Owen looking up, we get this trailer's first look at Justice Smith's new character, a member of Claire's team. There's also a military presence with them, which could be part of Owen's conditions of returning to the island.

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They're all looking at what appears to be a brontosaurus strolling past the wrecked visitor's center. I don't blame them. I'd stop and stare, too (just like Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Alan Grant did all those years ago when they first saw one on the island.) I especially like the touch of having the clock on the right side of the frame with no hands on it – a visual metaphor for the way humans have played God and recreated these animals, almost rendering the concept of evolution (and therefore, time itself) nearly useless.

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"Do these animals deserve the same protections given to other species, or should they just be left to die?" wonders a politician who sounds an awful lot like Dodgeball star Rip Torn (but probably isn't). This appears to be a Congressional investigation of some kind.

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And then...the reveal of the man himself: Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by the always-wonderful Jeff Goldblum, returns to the Jurassic Park saga after twenty years away. "These creatures were here before us," he intones, "and if we're not careful, they're going to be here after." Could Malcolm be the human villain this time? He's wearing a black suit (debonair, but very ominous), his demeanor is far from the quippy guy we've seen previously, and he seems to be implying that the dinosaurs should all die, which goes against Claire's mission. Hmm...

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This is where the pace starts to pick up. We see Owen and Claire opening up the back of a semi truck, which seems to contain Rexy, the Tyrannosaurus rex that's served as the anti-hero of this franchise from day one. Since Jurassic World ends with that particular dinosaur roaming free in the park, it's safe to assume it's been tranquilized here and isn't just taking a nap.

It's tough to pinpoint where this scene might fall in the final movie: Claire and Owen both seem surprised to see her lying there, so is this the first time they've seen her in this film? If so, that means someone else tranquilized her out in the park and managed to move her into this shipping area. Then again, they could be surprised that she survived what happens at the end of this trailer, and this scene could take place some time after that. But we'll get there in just a second.

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This looks like a docking port inside of a huge boat, or maybe even a massive submarine. (Remember the ending of the Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies? No? Well, this reminds me of that location.) So if Rexy and, as we see in the shot right before this, a stegosaurus, are in these containers, does that mean the Dinosaur Protection Group is tranquilizing as many dinos as possible and moving them into this sub in an attempt to get them off the island before the volcano erupts?

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This dino that's menacing Claire and Justice Smith's characters is almost certainly the Baryonyx, a dinosaur that was revealed to be in the movie through an augmented reality book last week. The lava leaking through the ceiling indicates that these characters are still on the island during this scene; barring another deus ex dino savior, I'm not quite sure how they're going to get out of this scenario.

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After another shot of pteranodons flying during the eruption, we get this wide shot of our heroes sprinting past an explosion near a hangar, which evokes memories of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Walt Disney World.

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Owen is surprised by an old friend as Blue the raptor jumps onto the top of an overturned vehicle behind him.

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If you look closely, you'll notice the vehicle is the same Jurassic Park tour Explorer that nearly killed Dr. Grant and Tim when it fell down the tree and flipped over during the events of the first film.

Meanwhile, Owen and Blue do their whole How to Train Your Dragon routine, and Blue turns away and snarls at something at the last second: another dinosaur (or human) intruding on their moment, perhaps?

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Yet another shot of an eruption, but this one seems to be to orient the audience to the geography of the scene and let us know how much space there is between the eruption and the ocean at the end of the valley. Understanding that distance is important because...

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...basically the rest of the trailer is just people and dinosaurs trying to outrun lava and make it to the end of the ocean. This shot seems like a direct homage to Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost ark: Owen running toward the camera with Claire and Justice Smith looking on, mouths agape, recalls Indy escaping from the Hovitos as he yells at Jock to start the engine of the plane.

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After dodging a couple of smoking projectile rocks launched from the eruption, the trio of good guys (Claire, Owen, and Justice Smith's character) take cover in front of a gyrosphere as the animals rush past them. This is another Spielberg reference, this time nodding to Dr. Grant and the kids taking cover behind that same log in the original Jurassic Park. This time, the log is shattered by a passing dinosaur, seeming to signal to the world the idea that "this ain't your daddy's Jurassic Park movie."

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Just when they thought they were safe, a Carnotaurus shows up and looks like it's ready for lunch. This is the first time we've actually seen this dino in the franchise, though some of its DNA was used to create the Indominus rex in Jurassic World.

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But at the last second, Rexy comes from out of nowhere and takes that sucker down. This is obviously a big moment, and for anyone worried that Universal is blowing it by showing the climactic scene in the first trailer, take solace in this tweet from writer Colin Trevorrow:

I mean, 57 minutes is still kind of a long way into the movie, but other movies have done far worse.

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As Goldblum soberly explains, "Life cannot be contained. Life breaks free. Life finds a way" in an on-the-nose callback to one of his most famous lines from the original movie, we see an all-out sprint to the edge of a huge cliff, with Claire and Justice inside the gyrosphere and Owen and a crap-ton of dinos making a break for it on foot all around them.

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One of the beasts running alongside Claire is an Allosaurus, a carnivorous dinosaur that surprisingly hasn't appeared in the flesh in these movies yet. (The only time we've seen it was in the Holosphere in Jurassic World's visitor center.) But this one gets taken out by a rock fragment launched from the volcano.

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Bayona seems to be making it a priority to give the audience a solid sense of geography and spatial understanding in this movie, which is a plus. Here we see just how far the drop is to the ocean.

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I wonder if Bayona has seen Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, because this shot of Owen being overtaken by smoke as he runs away seems very reminiscent of Ethan Hunt's sandstorm run. And though we don't see what happens to him, please don't tell me Owen jumps off that cliff and survives. These movies are ridiculous, yes, but they're not Fast & Furious films.

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And the last shot of the trailer is pretty cool, too. The gyrosphere (which, you'll remember, was part of a ride in Jurassic World) hurtles off the edge of the cliff and into the ocean, while dinosaurs plunge into the water as well. Looks like a fear of lava is something that can unite wildly different species – even those separated by 65 million years.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom blasts into theaters on June 22, 2018.