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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

Mon­sters call in J.A. Bay­ona’s darker, lava­drenched se­quel Out 21 june

Above: Dal­las Howard Bryce with new­comer Jus­tice Smith and the Carno­tau­rus. Left: Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) tries to rea­son

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