Broadcast tonight on TF1, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is full of references to the original film, directed by Steven Spielberg in 1993. Here are 16…
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The return of Ian Malcolm and Dr. Henry Wu, a portrait of John Hammond, a familiar rear-view mirror, a model of the original park or an abandoned car… While Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is broadcast this evening on TF1, back to all the references to the first Jurassic Park that should not be missed in the film.
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From the first minutes of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdomthe scientist embodied by Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park and in The lost World is making a comeback for a short sequence. Faced with the Senate and the threat of an imminent volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar, he advocates, as at the time, to let “life find its way”, and therefore not to organize a rescue operation for the dinosaurs .
The portrait of John Hammond
Even though he has been missing for several years, his shadow continues to hover over the rubble of his work. The billionaire who founded Jurassic Park, and who we could already see again in the form of a bronze statue in the first Jurassic Worldappears here on a painting in the mansion of Benjamin Lockwood, his former associate.
Mosquito trapped in amber
Like his former partner John Hammond, billionaire Benjamin Lockwood (played by James Cromwell) never separates from his cane, whose knob is also a piece of amber containing a fossilized mosquito. A small distinctive sign that has not gone unnoticed by fans, and which therefore confirms the past collaboration between the two men.
The model of the park
Among the various paintings, bones and collector’s items stored in the Lockwood mansion, we can note the presence of this small model. A model that the billionaire and John Hammond most likely designed with four hands, and which represents the first Jurassic Park. You can recognize the large original double door, the famous visitors’ SUV, and of course some dinosaur figurines.
Like the good old times…
Exactly as in the first Jurassic Parkwhere Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler discovered with amazement the work of John Hammond while contemplating a brachiosaurus, it is by the same dinosaur with the long neck that Owen Grady and Claire Dearing are greeted when they arrive in the ruins of Jurassic World.
Given its position and the state of its wheels (amputated of their tires), it is very likely that this old car – crossed by Owen Grady when he finds Blue – is precisely the one that the T-Rex had torn to pieces in trying to devour Lex and Tim, in the first Jurassic Park.
After being generously chewed by the monster, she had indeed landed in the branches of a tree, before falling back to the ground, almost crushing Tim and Alan Grant.
A peek into the past
It should also be noted that on the mirrors of this same vehicle is an inscription identical to that which could be read on the Jeep, in the original film directed by Spielberg : “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear”. A little phrase made famous by the famous chase scene with the T-Rex.
The same brachiosaurus
According to the makers of the feature film, the poor brachiosaurus that remains trapped by the lava of the volcano when the characters leave Isla Nublar is exactly the same as the one in the first film, which welcomed Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler to Jurassic Park.
We can indeed hear him utter the same cries as in the original feature film, but in very different circumstances, which makes the sequence even more nostalgic … and tragic.
This time it’s at Lost World – second part of the saga directed by Spielberg – what this scene echoes. Indeed, as in the 1997 film, where the characters tried to treat a baby T-Rex in their motorhome, the heroes of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom play here the veterinarians with the raptor Blue, wounded by bullets.
He always has them in view!
Impossible not to think back to this iconic plan of the first Jurassic Park – where Lex found himself facing the T-Rex’s huge pupil – when we see Owen Grady in the same position, trying to perform a blood sample on the half-asleep dinosaur.
His favorite dish
When the characters arrive at Lockwood Manor, it’s still using a goat that the mercenaries manage to lure the T-Rex out of its cage. To believe that the dinosaur particularly loves this victual!
In addition, we can note that – as in the first film – the dinosaur lets the thigh of its prey hang out of its jaws before swallowing it. A small element which allows (perhaps) to explain how the leg of the goat had landed on the windshield of the car, in the first Jurassic Park.
Ian Malcolm isn’t the only character in the first Jurassic Park to appear in this new opus. Indeed, the geneticist embodied by BD Wong who had helped Hammond to clone the dinosaurs, and who was already seen again in Jurassic World in 2015, is back here… to play a dirty trick on us!
In league with Mills, he indeed supervised the creation of a brand new prototype, at the crossroads of the Indominus Rex and the raptor: the Indoraptor.
Like a raptor in a kitchen
The Indoraptor, created from the DNA of a velociraptor, obviously borrows some characteristics from the latter. When he infiltrates Maisie’s room, the shot that reveals the monster’s clawed paw inevitably brings to mind that of the first Jurassic Parkwhere the Raptors entered the kitchen to find Lex and Tim.
He always leaves a piece!
Exactly like the goat Jurassic Parkand as for that of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (see the 11th entry in this slideshow), the T-Rex gets rid of Mills by swallowing him raw… and amputating his leg. A tasting technique that seems to belong only to him. Especially since, let’s remember, it’s the same dinosaur since the first film.
The sound the T-Rex makes at the end of the film, when it destroys the lion’s fence to enter its enclosure, is exactly the same as in the film of Spielbergas he demolished his own electrical enclosure to escape.
The seabirds observed by Alan Grant facing the setting sun, at the end of Jurassic Park, have here been replaced by pterodactyls. Makes sense, given that all of the surviving Jurassic World dinosaurs have now been released into the wild!
An adventure to follow, at the cinema, from June 8th!