With just weeks until the worldwide premiere of “Jurassic World,” fans have been teased left, right and sideways about the new big, bad dinosaur in town. Now, director Colin Trevorrow is explaining what makes the genetically enhanced Indominus Rex such a potent movie villain.
Since the release of the first teaser trailer, fans have known that Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard would be up against a vicious new foe in the first installment of the “Jurassic Park” trilogy since 2001. With the park finally up and running, the minds behind the dinosaur-themed attraction decided to modify DNA to create a star exhibit, which also happens to be nature’s perfect killing machine. But Trevorrow hopes viewers will see more when they first lay eyes on the horrifying creature. Specifically, he’s hoping people will see themselves.
“The Indominus was meant to embody our worst tendencies. We’re surrounded by wonder and yet, we want more. And we want it bigger, faster, louder, better,” the director told Entertainment Weekly. “And in the world of the movie, the animal is designed based on a series of corporate focus groups. Like in the same way a lot of movies are. They sit a bunch of people down and they ask them, 'What can we do to make the dinosaurs more entertaining for you?'”
With “Jurassic World” the fourth installment in a highly lucrative franchise, it seems the “Safety Not Guaranteed” director is hoping to use the Indominus Rex to raise the stakes of a well-tread concept while allowing the movie to be in on its own joke. After all, the attraction that’s getting the characters in the movie to attend "Jurassic World" is the same that's drawing real people to the theater.
That’s not to say that the Indominus Rex won’t be the stuff of nightmares in its own right. As CinemaBlend notes, a recent TV spot for the movie shows the birth of the creature in an egg, and that itself is one of the more terrifying movie commercials in recent memory.
With just a few weeks to go before the Indominus Rex rips, claws and bites his way into film history, Trevorrow addressed the recent leaked toy images that gave a first look at the monster ahead of the film’s release. While upset that he couldn’t let the movie reveal the dinosaur, he says what the film does with the concept is much more interesting than it appears. As a result, he’s not expecting the audience’s curiosity to be affected one bit.
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