JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
BY NOW, WE’RE used to seeing people legging it from prehistoric beasts on screen. So Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is going to give us something fresh: people running towards them. “One of the ideas in this film is that the world has flipped upside down,” director J.A.
Bayona tells Empire. “Our heroes are on a rescue mission; they’re trying to save the dinosaurs. I had a lot of fun designing shots which homage moments from the previous movies, but with humans taking the place of animals.”
There’s a very good reason for this radical switcheroo. A reason that’s hundreds of feet tall, angry, and belching torrents of red-hot lava. It turns out that Islar Nublar, that ill-fated tropical island 120 miles to the west of Costa Rica, was a terrible place to build a theme park
— let alone two — since it’s the site of a volcano that’s about to blow. Before it does, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) must return with a conservation team, with the gnarly task of capturing scores of rampaging creatures and getting them to safety before everything is engulfed in liquid fire. Think One Million Years B.C., with better effects and fewer bikini shots.
With every one of Jurassic World’s residents on the loose, we’ll get to both catch up with old favourites and meet some new scaly faces, including the Carnotaurus, pictured here menacing Claire and young scientist Franklin (The Get Down’s Justice Smith). Expect the thrills to be gargantuan. “We are starting with a massive action piece that feels like a James Bond prologue,” teases Bayona. “And in the centre there is the biggest set-piece ever done for a Jurassic movie.”
But there’s a reason why departing director Colin Trevorrow is being replaced by the filmmaker behind 2007 Spanish horror classic The Orphanage. After its action-packed first half, Fallen Kingdom will head back to the mainland for a claustrophobic final stretch in a single location. This is where Bayona’s fearstirring powers will come into play, this time unleashing not the ghosts of small children, but a mysterious new dinosaur that’s being kept heavily under wraps. “You will see,” the director laughs. “Every movie has its star dinosaur, and this is
the one people will remember.”
While the velociraptors-in-the-kitchen sequence in the original Jurassic Park was a touchstone, he promises that Fallen Kingdom will make viewers jump in all new directions. “When Colin told me about the movie [which is written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly], he told me one film, and then there was another one — the one that you’re not expecting,” Bayona says. “This film delivers in the first half what the audience is expecting, and then there is something extra, which is the second half. It gets more intimate and intense. Not smaller, but more suspenseful.”
Something else it’ll deliver: Jeff Goldblum, reprising iconic, chaos-loving mathematician Ian Malcolm on the big screen for the first time since 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Malcolm was glimpsed on a book cover in Jurassic World; now we’ll get the real deal. “If
I stay in I’ll be a sprig of parsley or a little garnish, hopefully with some impact,” Goldblum told Empire in late October. What kind of cameo did they cook up in that lab? NICK DE SEMLYEN
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Above: Dallas Howard Bryce with newcomer Justice Smith and the Carnotaurus. Left: Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) tries to reason