You've been warned...
From the very beginning I have admittedly not been the least bit excited with the announcement of a Jurassic Park reboot, sequel, pre-boots, etc. While I do love and cherish the original movie and I tolerate the second movie the third was a tremendous letdown. This is not pessimism; on the contrary I am a very optimistic film fan. But watching a studio try to re-energize a property that they couldn’t figure out how to sustain in the first place is a trend I don’t find myself enjoying. And let’s face it; Dwayne Johnson is simply not able to resurrect every dead franchise in the film industry. He’s a very big guy, but there’s still only so much Dwayne Johnson to go around. But then news began to emerge, and my intrigue sense began to tingle.
First up was the title: Jurassic World. This title tweaked my curiosity. It's a double-edged sword that serves as a rebranding tool for the park as well as the film franchise. It is quite brilliant, but rebranding is not what excited me. It’s the “World” in Jurassic world that got me thinking. This leads me to my first prediction:
Dinosaurs will dominate the planet in the new Jurassic World franchise.
Granted, there is nothing in the trailers so far that implies anything other than the islands in the park are being taken over, but there is also nothing to disapprove my prediction. It makes sense that they would want to raise the stakes while rebranding, and who doesn’t like a post-apocalyptic future with crazy monsters? I should note that I do not predict that Jurassic World will begin to resemble Planet of the Apes: i.e. the dinosaurs will not begin talking, establishing a government, and building shelters for themselves. But I do think they will be marginally organized and will coordinate their attacks. I believe they will form strategies and they will have a leader. Which leads me to my next topic…
The dinosaurs have a leader.
Indominus Rex appears to be the most terrifying creature to have come out of InGen’s laboratories (and I think he was influenced by Apple… get it… iRex… hehehehe). As soon as it was announced that there is a newer, bigger, more dangerous, and more intelligent dinosaur I knew I had found my ringleader. So in one of the newest trailers, when the I-Rex began to direct other dinosaurs, I was not very surprised. It is definitely superior to all other predatory dinosaurs both in size and intelligence. However, one thing I did not see coming is very clearly shown in this picture:
Look at its hands. What do you see? That’s right… opposable thumbs. Now I’m getting into my more exotic prediction. I believe that the I-Rex will use a weapon of opportunity. I think there will be a fight between the T-Rex and the I-Rex. Perhaps the T-Rex will be super jelly, because I-Rex is getting all of the attention and giving orders. T-Rex was the king; maybe he is not very good at taking orders. Anyway, when the fight ensues I think I-Rex is going to grab a rock or a stick and make the winning blow. The humans who witness it are going to loose their minds and pull their hair out while screaming, “It’s alive! It’s alive!”
Yup… weapon of opportunity… you heard it here first.
Now, how about some things that I did not predict?
Raptor training… I didn’t see that coming. But I have to admit it’s awesome. I think this will serve to liven up the conflict when the I-Rex starts giving orders. Will Chris Pratt be able to trust his favorite pets? Time will tell.
This is my favorite. Every time a new Jurassic Park movie has come out I've been hoping for the water dinosaurs. I finally get my wish, and this is super cool. Granted, it appears to be a one trick pony, but I’ll take it. Who knows, maybe Samuel L. Jackson will show up and give a motivational speech, but halfway through it the mosasaur will attack him from out of nowhere and drag him under. We can hope.
Then there’s this lunacy. They call these little motor vehicles “Gyrospheres.” I think they should be called “Circles of Death.” Come on. As soon as you saw the little body-filled globes rolling around you thought the same thing... “Those are some really dumb dead people.”
So what do you think? Do you like my predictions? Are you excited for the movie? Leave your thoughts in the comment section and have a good one.