Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stomps into ODEON cinemas on 6th June. Here are five reasons why it’s going to be different and absolutely ROARSOME!
1. A new stage of evolution
For the franchise, that is. According to screenwriter Trevorrow, Fallen Kingdom won’t just be “a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That'll get old real fast." Instead, the series has been genetically engineered to survive.
The latest instalment is more suspenseful and scary than previous chapters, with director Bayona citing Hitchcock and the 1979 film Dracula as influences on his dark, edge-of-your-seat take on the dino dynasty. There’s also a potentially world-ending conspiracy to chew on, involving a shifty-looking Rafe Spall and Toby Jones. Intrigued?
Did you know? Jurassic World is the fourth highest grossing movie EVER, beaten only by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (3rd), Titanic (2nd) and Avatar (1st).
2. A new stage of action
The first Jurassic World film was realised for a ‘measly’ 150 million dollars, whereas Bayona had 260 million dollars to create his kingdom. He’s spent it responsibly on MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS. And we’re not just talking a few buildings here and there, we mean the whole of Isla Nublar.
The first half of the story centres on former park operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and dino-whisperer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) trying to evacuate the dinosaurs from the island before a volcano erupts and causes the extinction of the species all over again. Cue amazing special effects: full volcanic eruptions and incredible underwater sequences (like the shot of the Mosasaurus riding the waves with a group of unsuspecting surfers). Where does the story go next? That’s going to be a big surprise for everyone.
Did you know? In an interview with Empire magazine, director Bayona revealed that Fallen Kingdom kicks off with a “massive action piece” that’s similar to a James Bond opening sequence.
3. The perfect director
Spanish director J.A. Bayona has been on Jurassic saga producer Frank Marshall’s radar for quite some time. In fact, Bayona was originally approached to direct Jurassic World.
When the stars didn’t align for passionate fan, J.A., to helm the franchise reboot, Colin Trevorrow ended up knocking it out of the (dinosaur theme) park. Which brings us to Fallen Kingdom and a dream collaboration between Trevorrow (on writing duties this time), and J.A. who’s a master of tension (The Orphanage), a lover of large set-piece practical effects (The Impossible), and adept at the emotive, powerful use of CGI (A Monster Calls). It all adds up to a tense blockbuster with real heart…
Did you know? Colin Trevorrow will return to the director’s chair for Jurassic World 3, due 2021.
4. A perfect cast
Yes, Jeff Goldblum is back. And he even quotes himself! “Life finds a way,” says his Dr. Ian Malcolm in the film, leaving fans around the world with a tear in their eye.
Chris Pratt also returns with his own share of one-liners and hilarious Pratt-falls. It’ll be the first time they’ve both appeared in the same Jurassic film, and we can’t wait. Then there’s Bryce Dallas Howard, who has more respect for the big old crinklies, too. We’re hoping Goldblum turns out to be on our side (we’re with the dinosaurs, right?), but his appearance in a courtroom discussing the fate of the species doesn’t necessarily bode well.
Did you know? Jeff Goldblum said of his Fallen Kingdom role: “It’s small… who knows, they may cut me out entirely. But if I stay in, I’ll be a sprig of parsley or a little garnish, hopefully with some impact.”
5. Dinosaurs, obviously.
That’s why we came, right? And Fallen Kingdom introduces a brand new species – the genetically engineered Indoraptor. If you thought the Indominus rex was terrifying, think again. The Indoraptor is described as “the most dangerous creature that ever walked the earth” with a T-rex-like head and claws similar to a Velociraptor.
The film also hails the return of the Dilophosaurus (the cheeky little dino that playfully revealed his frill then ate Dennis Nedry in the first film). You don’t want to see either of these beasties up close, but you do want to see baby Blue! There’s a flashback scene where the young velociraptor is purring contentedly with her favourite human Owen (Pratt). Dinosaurs are so cute. They absolutely wouldn’t lure you into a trap, dismember you, tear you in half or eat you clean off the toilet.
Did you know? Fallen Kingdom was filmed in the United Kingdom, specifically London, Pinewood Studios and Langley, as well as Hawaii.