Every Colin Trevorrow Movie Ranked Worst To Best | Screen Rant

Over the course of an eclectic directorial career, Jurassic World Dominion's Colin Trevorrow has led on a number of interesting and varied projects. Beyond his extensive credentials as a screenwriter and producer, Trevorrow has helmed seven films since 2002, excluding his 2005 television film Gary: Under Crisis. While he may be best-known for his work on the Jurassic World trilogy, his CV goes far beyond bringing dinosaurs to life.

Born in San Francisco, California, Trevorrow made his intentions to work in the film industry clear from the outset. As a teenager, his work won awards from both the Mill Valley Film Festival and the San Francisco Youth Film Festival, marking him out as a special talent. In addition to his directorial resume, Trevorrow has been involved in several major Hollywood projects in recent years, including an unproduced alternative version of Star Wars: Episode IX – then titled Duel of the Fates. He also has a range of producer credits, such as the billion-dollar blockbuster Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom.

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As a director, Colin Trevorrow's work has spanned several genres, with a particular inclination towards sci-fi. In many of his most successful projects, such as the first Jurassic World film and his low-budget indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed, Trevorrow uses big ideas to impart a sense of wonder. In many ways, this explains why he was the ideal candidate to revive the, if not extinct, then endangered Jurassic series. Including all of his directorial projects, here is every Colin Trevorrow movie ranked worst to best.

Unquestionably the most bizarre of Colin Trevorrow's movies to date, Reality Show is less a feature film and more of a Fyre Festival-type nightmare. The filmmaker's first full-length directorial role, the documentary follows the exploits of an eccentric (and, according to Trevorrow himself, "lunatic") businessman Dan Sherbondy, who in a bid to achieve instant fame places an advert on Craigslist inviting 10 women to compete for the title of "America's Craziest Party Girl", with the hopes of releasing the contest as a new reality show. Trevorrow's end result blends footage from the original reality show pilot and interviews with the participants recounting their experience. The chaotic nature of the movie makes for some bafflingly entertaining moments, yet the end result is so incoherent and leeringly unpalatable that it's difficult to commend – largely thanks to its main protagonist. Furthermore, the film has actually been pulled from circulation, making it incredibly hard to find. As such, it's hard to place Reality Show anywhere other than at the bottom of the pile.

Trevorrow's directorial debut is another unusual project. The short film follows a male protagonist who, after being spurned by his girlfriend, vows to pursue a sexual relationship with her mother. Questionable highlights include the male lead pretending to have sex with a letterbox and dialogue that wouldn't feel out of place in the adult entertainment industry. Home Base feels completely at odds to the big-budget, dinosaur-heavy blockbusters that have since defined the Californian as a filmmaker. However, its sheer strangeness and blessedly short run time make the movie a watchable oddity for Trevorrow completionists.

A divisive drama that proved as off-putting to critics as it was popular with audiences, The Book of Henry is another Trevorrow project that struggles to effectively articulate morally complex subject matter. Following a cancer-stricken 11-year-old and his mission to save a neighbor from alleged abuse, the 2017 drama veers wildly from childlike whimsy to near-horror – a complex tightrope that the film often fails to navigate. Its 22% score on Rotten Tomatoes and $4.6m at the box office proves that many viewers were similarly unimpressed, yet the film still holds an impressive 63% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, suggesting that a few found something to admire.

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The concluding chapter in the Jurassic World trilogy, Dominion in many ways epitomizes everything that's wrong with the modern series. Although the return of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum as Drs. Grant, Sattler and Malcolm is a treat for fans, the movie's confusing plot and lack of emotional punch makes it difficult to care about the unfolding dinosaur carnage. Coupled with some surprisingly mediocre special effects, forgettable new characters and an inescapable sense of pointlessness, Dominion leaves much to be desired. That said, Trevorrow still delivers some spectacular moments, and the sight of dinosaurs on screen remains as magical as ever.

Following in the sizable, three-toed footsteps of perhaps the most seminal summer blockbuster of all time was always going to be difficult, yet Jurassic World largely fulfilled the brief. Much of the movie's success owes to its innovative take on the premise – replacing the foundation-of-the-park plot device with a world where "Jurassic World" has been fully operational for years. While the movie descends into more derivative action sequences as it progresses, the introduction of hybrid dinosaurs and the sight of a fully operational park means that Jurassic World is a largely worthy addition to the venerable franchise. This is in no small part down to Trevorrow's story and direction – delivering spectacular visuals and an engaging narrative.

Released ahead of Jurassic World DominionBattle at Big Rock succeeds in all the ways Trevorrow's Jurassic World movies fail. The short film delivered incredible action and suspense, honoring the legacy of the original and providing the most thrilling set piece since the iconic raptors in the kitchen scene. Although it lacks the prolonged emotional stakes and character growth of the best Jurassic Park entries (perhaps by virtue of its runtime), Battle at Big Rock is a nostalgic throwback for fans of the series and helped heighten anticipation ahead of Jurassic World Dominion.

Although Trevorrow has established his name working with budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars, it is his low-budget sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed that remains his most successful piece. Made for just $750,000, this high-concept time travel comedy is both wickedly funny and emotionally resonant, proving that money isn't everything when it comes to movie making. Tellingly, Safety Not Guaranteed has gone on to be recognized as one of the most influential films of the 2010s, as its low-budget, character-driven approach was viewed by streaming services – including Netflix – as a blueprint for movie production. Coupled with its numerous award wins, both for Trevorrow himself and cast member Aubrey Plaza, Safety Not Guaranteed is perhaps Colin Trevorrow's most underrated, yet also high-regarded movie to date.

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