JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Pre-Review

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM seems replete with everything Jurassic Park fans have come to know and love: Huge man-woman-eating dinosaurs with big teeth, adrenaline fueled action scenes, beloved A-list celebrities, and intense music that gets the blood pumping. Its filmmakers, however, are promising savvier, fiercer, more enhanced entertainment.

“The dinosaurs will be a parable of the treatment animals receive today,” film co-writer Colin Trevorrow is quoted as saying in a newspaper interview. Such as, he said, “The abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons.” He was interviewed by El Mundo newspaper.

This plot with entertainment mixed with pedagogical themes is nothing new to the franchise but sounds like it will be more enhanced this time around.

 

Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Franklin (Justice Smith) encounter the Baryonyx. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. and Legendary Pictures Productions, LLC. COPYRIGHT © 2018 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS and AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT, INC. and LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS, LLC.

 

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jeff Goldblum are all back  to continue on their maddening adventures. From what I can saw in the trailer, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM will follow Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) as they try to save Blue, the surviving velociraptor from the earlier JURASSIC WORLD (2015).

The avaricious, profit-over-people InGen that sent them out to capture Blue betrays them, of course, and plans on using the velociraptor for a far more sinister agenda, which I don’t want to give away. Once Owen and Claire learn of the treachery they decide shut down the operation. The company, of course, throws in a surprise or two along the way, slowing them down but not stopping them.

Like its predecessor, the upcoming film is co-written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Trevorrow opted out of directing the sequel, and the studio replaced him with Juan Antonio Bayona. JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM is suppose to educate us at the same time it smothers us in thrills. In  the interview in El Mundo, the Spanish-written newspaper, Trevorrow said that that there was a message in the sequel.This area of entertainment mixed with pedagogical themes is nothing new to the franchise but sounds like it will be more enhanced this time around.

Over the course of the last films, we’ve seen how experimentation can go horribly wrong and the consequences that result. Trevorrow stated that Fallen Kingdom will be “a very different movie that will explore new paths.”

Trevorrow also teased that Fallen Kingdom will reveal more serious dangers than those we have already seen in past films. Not only did he mention the possibility of dinosaurs being used in warfare, he hinted about other entities that could learn to make dinosaurs. That idea was foreshadowed in JURASSIC WORLD (2015) when Dr. Henry Wu, played by B.D. Wong, said, “[InGen is] not always going to be the only one who can make a dinosaur.”

Trevorrow made it clear in the interview the there will be more than “just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island.” He seemed to hint the sequel would move away from Isla Nublar and beyond the world of the park and that the audience could expect a whole new dimension of problems and obstacles to be faced.

The fourth installment in the Jurassic World made an incredible $1.52 billion worldwide. The production budget was $150 million, meaning that the company made back every penny (plus a lot more) that it ultimately invested in the film.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM hits theaters June 22, 2018.

 

 
Director: J.A. Bayona
Writers: Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly | 1 more credit »
Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum
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Taylor Stanich can be reached at Taylor.Stanich03@myhunter.cuny.edu