HEAR THEM ROAR

BLOCK­BUSTER RE­VIS­ITS JURAS­SIC WORLD

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - CALEB JONES

The lava pours from the ceil­ings. It explodes from the moun­tain­top. It creeps, then pours and roars down the moun­tain­side as peo­ple fran­ti­cally try to es­cape – with di­nosaurs chas­ing af­ter them.

It’s the open­ing act of a ma­jor block­buster, but the erup­tion part is re­al­ity for peo­ple who live un­der Hawaii’s Ki­lauea and Gu­atemala’s Fuego vol­ca­noes.

The cast and crew of Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom say it’s un­for­tu­nate that their big film re­volves around a mas­sively de­struc­tive erupt­ing vol­cano. It’s also – ob­vi­ously – not their fault.

The film shot in Hawaii and the United King­dom in 2017 pre­miered in Madrid in May, three weeks af­ter Ki­lauea started send­ing lava into neigh­bour­hoods.

The first Juras­sic World ranks among his­tory’s big­gest box-of­fice hits with $1.7 bil­lion in world­wide ticket sales.

The stars held a me­dia day re­cently to pro­mote the di­nosaur se­quel on Oahu, less than 160 kilo­me­tres from Hawaii’s Big Is­land where lava from Ki­lauea has de­stroyed more than 600 homes since early May. In Gu­atemala, at least 110 peo­ple were killed when a vol­cano erupted June 3, send­ing waves of su­per­heated de­bris on to vil­lages on its flanks.

The film’s writer and pro­ducer, Colin Trevor­row, says the tim­ing of the film’s re­lease was not some­thing they could have planned for.

“Ob­vi­ously not some­thing that was an­tic­i­pated in any way,” Trevor­row says at Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch, where some of the movie was filmed. “And if any­thing, I think it just is a re­minder of the un­re­lent­ing power of planet Earth and how just dwarfed we are by that.”

Char­ac­ters in the film go to a trop­i­cal is­land where their man-made di­nosaurs face ex­tinc­tion from an erupt­ing vol­cano.

Ac­tor Bryce Dal­las Howard, who plays Clare, the head of the park in the pre­vi­ous film who now sets out to save the an­i­mals she once over­saw, says she is un­cer­tain how vol­canoaf­fected peo­ple might re­ceive the fic­tional de­pic­tion of spew­ing molten rock that dom­i­nates the first part of the film.

“I re­ally don’t know,” she says. “I mean, it’s in­tense what’s hap­pen­ing. And a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter is one of those things that kind of, those mo­ments I think bring everyone to­gether be­cause that’s not a po­lit­i­cal act, you know, it’s some­thing where we are all vul­ner­a­ble to the power of this planet.”

Though the scenes of molten rock ex­plod­ing from the vol­cano in the movie smack of Hol­ly­wood drama­ti­sa­tion, Trevor­row says the Juras­sic team worked dili­gently to cre­ate re­al­is­tic im­agery.

“We had vol­ca­nol­o­gists as con­sul­tants and we watched a lot of film and a lot of video of var­i­ous kinds of vol­ca­noes and how they erupted,” he says.

Some of the com­put­er­gen­er­ated char­ac­ter­is­tics of lava in the film mir­ror what is ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing in Hawaii and Gu­atemala, Trevor­row added. “It was in­ter­est­ing for me to watch, you know, with the speed of the Ki­lauea lava flow that started off so slowly and grew faster and faster to the point where it was as fast as our lava,” he says.

Ac­tor Jus­tice Smith, a new­comer to the Juras­sic fran­chise, says the film’s re­lease tim­ing is an “un­for­tu­nate co­in­ci­dence” and that his “heart goes out to the peo­ple that are suf­fer­ing over there”.

Di­rec­tor J. A. Bay­ona was hes­i­tant to draw par­al­lels be­tween fan­tasy and re­al­world dis­as­ters.

“In this case, I think it’s a movie to have fun,” Bay­ona says. “Of course, it’s ter­ri­ble what’s go­ing on right now in Gu­atemala or in Hawaii, but I don’t see the con­nec­tion in there.”

Bay­ona also over­saw the mak­ing of The Im­pos­si­ble, which was based on the true story of a tsunami in Thai­land.

Long­time Juras­sic ac­tor Jeff Gold­blum echoed the sen­ti­ments of the rest of the cast. “I’m just con­cerned about, you know, the ef­fects of it and the im­pact … and hope ev­ery­body’s OK,” he says.

Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom opens in cine­mas to­day

The fic­tional de­pic­tion of spew­ing molten rock dom­i­nates the first part of new block­buster Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom.

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