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Over the course of the past 29 years, the JURASSIC PARK and JURASSIC WORLD movies have given audiences some of the most thrilling and unforgettable moments on the big screen. With dinosaur escapes, epic chase sequences, and all other kinds of brilliant set pieces that leave you gripping your armrest and sitting on the edge of your seat, the franchise’s thrills and chills just keep getting better as it goes on.
With JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION coming to AMC Theatres nationwide on June 10, 2022, there has never been a better time to go through the expansive franchise and look at some of the most thrilling moments from each entry. Let’s go back to Jurassic Park...
The T-Rex Escapes
The first JURASSIC PARK movie is full of thrilling moments like the first raptor attack in the opening prologue, the survivors’ attempt to reboot all of the park’s systems, the raptors chasing Tim and Lexi through the kitchen, and that daring escape. But the moment that stands out more than anything else in the movie, and perhaps the franchise as a whole, is the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex escape that takes place after all the systems are taken offline by Dennis Nedry. You know, the part of the movie where the massive T-Rex finally reveals itself in all its gory glory.
The thud of the T-Rex’s footsteps causing ripples in the glass of water, the vanishing goat, and Donald Gennaro running for safety, all perfectly set up the moment where the two young children find themselves face-to-face with the massive dinosaur which then flips over their vehicle, presses it into the mud and throws it off the side of a cliff.
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Raptors Hunting In The Long Grass
Things just keep going from bad to worse for the group of InGen employees and big game hunters sent to Isla Sorna in THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, and that’s especially true when the group escapes a T-Rex attack and makes the mistake of walking into a patch of long grass where a pack of raptors turn the hunters into the hunted. Despite pleas to avoid the area and find another way around, the group marches through in the dark of night, only to get picked off one by one.
The visual of the raptors pushing down the grass as they stalk their prey remains one of the most terrifying, thrilling, and exciting few seconds of footage in the entire movie and turns up the tension in the scene. Steven Spielberg does a tremendous job of directing this scene and making it look as if the patch of long grass was lit only by the moonlight, which adds another level of mystique to the whole situation.
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The aviary was one of numerous concepts from the original “Jurassic Park” novel that ultimately did not end up in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film of the same name. But longtime fans of the book, and one of its most thrilling chapters, were able to rejoice when the structure showed up in 2001’s JURASSIC PARK III. Taking place near the end of the movie after Alan Grant helps the Kirbys locate their missing son, this action-packed encounter is just as terrifying as the original scene that unfolded in Michael Crichton’s novel and offers up one of the movie’s most memorable moments.
This sequence is full of danger at every turn and sees one near-death experience after another, with one unlucky human becoming prey for a massive and vicious pterodactyl before the rest of the survivors escape via raft. And it’s also one of the longest set pieces in the entire film, which really drives home the danger of this thrilling encounter with a flock of pterosaurs.
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The Indominus Rex Meets Its Match
The genetically-engineered hybrid dinosaur known as the Indominus Rex wreaks havoc on the staff, guests, and other animals throughout JURASSIC WORLD, and is presented as an unstoppable force the likes of which have never before been seen. From using its advanced intellect and camouflage abilities to trick park staff into thinking it escaped to sending the park’s combat force on a wild-goose chase to lure the team into the jungle to getting the raptors to turn against their handler, there isn’t much the I-Rex can’t do.
That is until the Tyrannosaurus Rex is released and confronts the monster in the main resort section of the flashy Jurassic World. And even though the new apex predator briefly gets the upper-hand, the Indominus Rex fails to notice Blue – the sole surviving raptor – come into battle and help the T-Rex push the creature towards the lagoon where a Mosasaurus jumps from the water and drags the I-Rex to its watery grave.
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Escaping The Island
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM is the movie that probably spends the least amount of time at the various versions of the park, but it makes the most of its time on Isla Nublar, especially with the daring escape sequence before the island is destroyed in a volcanic eruption. Joining the group of InGen employees on the “rescue” mission are Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing, who almost get stranded on the island before it becomes covered in lava and ash and suffer a similar fate as the animals who have long called it home.
The entire set piece is outstanding and features some of the most thrilling action of the entire franchise, but it does end with one of the most heartbreaking moments as well. As the ship casts off from the docks, Owen and Claire watch as a Brachiosaurus is left to die on the island, eventually becoming overcome by the eruption. What’s even more agonizing about this moment is the fact that it’s the same Brachiosaurus Alan Grant saw on the island all those years earlier.
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Judging by all the trailers that have been released over the past year or so, it’s safe to say that the next entry in the franchise will have just as many thrilling moments. But you will only find out by watching JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION when it premieres June 10, 2022 at AMC Theatres locations nationwide.
Get Tickets JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION opens June 10th