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Jurassic World 3 Star Explains How Action Differs From Jurassic Park

Sam Neill explains how Jurassic World Dominion’s non-stop action differs from Steven Spielberg’s slow-burn pacing on the 1993 original Jurassic Park.

Sam Neill explains how Jurassic World Dominion‘s non-stop action differs from Steven Spielberg’s slow-burn pacing on the original Jurassic Park. Neill first starred as paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park, Spielberg’s masterful adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel of the same name. The 1997 sequel, The Lost World (also directed by Spielberg based on a Crichton novel), was not nearly as well-received as the first, nor did it star Neill, focusing on Jeff Goldblum’s charismatic mathematician, Dr. Ian Malcolm.

Neill returned to the franchise as the lead in 2001’s Jurassic Park III, which saw Joe Johnston take over for Spielberg as director. Now, the original Jurassic Park trio of Neill, Goldblum, and Laura Dern will return in one of the biggest blockbusters of this summer, Jurassic World Dominion. As the third installment in the Jurassic World reboot series which began in 2015, the Colin Trevorrow-directed Dominion picks up four years after the events of 2018’s Fallen Kingdom, which saw dinosaurs released from captivity to freely roam Earth and live side by side with humans. The Park stars will be joined by members of the Jurassic World cast, including Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.


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In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Neill discusses his return to the Jurassic franchise and reveals one major difference between Dominion and the 1993 Jurassic Park. According to Neill, Dominion is nearly wall-to-wall action, which stands in direct contrast with Spielberg’s slow-burn pace on Jurassic Park, which Neill doesn’t think would fly today with modern audiences. Read his full quote below:

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.

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The Irish-born actor is absolutely on point about the major difference between Jurassic Park‘s approach to action compared to its various sequels, namely Dominion. In the 1993 original, Spielberg spends about 45 minutes meticulously setting up the horrifying reveal of the Tyrannosaurus rex. Compare this to 2022’s Dominion, which begins with a dinosaur set piece and is nearly nonstop action from the moment it starts. Neill doesn’t seem to be criticizing Dominion though, as he clarifies it has quiet moments.

This stark difference in action can be attributed to Jurassic Park being the first film in the series and therefore tasked with a heavy amount of exposition and world-building, even if Spielberg wasn’t aware of it at the time. On the other hand, Jurassic World Dominion is the conclusion to a decades-long saga and is therefore expected to be an action-packed spectacle. However, it also represents a larger shift in cinema that has occurred over the years. As audiences’ attention spans have shortened, modern blockbusters have adapted to the point that Spielberg’s slow-burn approach to storytelling seems to be a dying breed in mainstream Hollywood.

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Source: The Sunday Times

  • Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)Release date: Jun 10, 2022

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