Sam Neill Says Jurassic World Dominion Is Massively Different From Jurassic Park’s Slower Story

Posted 2022/05/24 3 0

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If there is one fact about movie sequels that never fails to be true, it is that there is always a need for it to be bigger and more action-packed than its predecessor. In 1993, Jurassic Park brought dinosaurs to life on screen like never before, but in the two-hour movie, the dinosaurs were only on screen for around fifteen minutes in total including the stunning centerpiece of the Tyrannosaur attack scene. In contrast, Jurassic World Dominion has more dinosaurs than ever before and more action sequences than any previous Jurassic World movie, something that Sam Neill pointed out when comparing the two movies.

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In a similar way to the horror genre, a first movie in a movie featuring dinosaurs can get away with holding back on the actual dinosaur action for a while. In Jurassic Park, the first dinosaur really seen on screen is the hatching baby velociraptor, followed by a sick triceratops, and then finally, over forty-five minutes into the movie, Stan Winston’s animatronics and Industrial Light & Magic deliver one of the most stunning scenes ever delivered in a movie with the iconic T-Rex escape.

Within the first five minutes of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, we were given a T-Rex chance and an appearance by the mosasaurus, and Jurassic World Dominion looks to be going all out from the start once again. To Sam Neill, this is something that is needed in today’s movies to hold an audience’s attention. He told The Sunday Times:


“I have never seen action like this. An audience 30 years later wouldn’t find that pace acceptable. As a result this has action from the moment the lights go down. Though of course it has quiet moments.”

Jurassic Park Was A Master-class in Filmmaking, Jurassic World Dominion is an Action Blockbuster

As Sam Neill says, audiences wouldn’t be happy with a Jurassic sequel of any kind if it doesn’t include a lot of what they came for – dinosaurs. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park was a technological sci-fi thriller, not a big action blockbuster. For that reason, the movie’s set pieces around the T-Rex escape, the velociraptor kitchen sequence, the Dilophosaur attack on Nedry and the final showdown between the Rex and the raptors, all hit perfectly when they arrived because they had been built up to with the usual deftness of some Spielberg magic.

However, the rule of audiences wanting more from a sequel is nothing new. For decades, horror movies have followed the rule that the first movie keeps the boogeyman mostly out of sight, the sequels put him as the main attraction. This has been true of the likes of Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Pinhead and others, all characters who began as shadowy, barely seen antagonists in their own movie, but then became the star attraction of the many sequels that followed.

This need to show more eventually means that somewhere along the line there is a possibility that it all becomes too much, and the need to constantly show more of the star attractions detracts from the story being told. So far, the Jurassic Park/World franchise has managed to avoid that, and the clever decision to bring back its original cast this time around could be its saving grace from going for full dino overload.


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