Given the entire premise of the Jurassic Park franchise involves dinosaurs and their potential ability to destroy human civilisation, we've learned to expect a lot of drama any time we are reunited with the creatures.
In this summer's Jurassic World sequel, Fallen Kingdom, we're about to head down a much darker path than we have before. The trailer alone depicts a lot of gothic, horror-like elements, characteristic of director J.A. Bayona (acclaimed for Spanish ghost story The Orphanage), and we're very intrigued to see how this plays out in the full length feature.
In anticipation of its release, here are a few reasons why we think that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be the darkest outing to date.
Everyone is at risk
Yes, we've always known what to expect with the dinosaurs. A dinosaur theme park, as cool as it may seem, is hardly going to be the safest place on the planet.
In 2015's Jurassic World, the park's operations manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her team believed they were in control of the dinosaurs – a mistake that led to the Indominus Rex being unleashed. Fast forward to the events of Fallen Kingdom and the island of Isla Nublar has returned to its primitive state, with the dinos roaming free just as a volcanic eruption threatens to destroy them all.
The lack of a park infrastructure is sure to raise the tension and danger as Claire and former raptor trainer Owen (Chris Pratt) return to help rescue our prehistoric ancestors. And as they soon find out, the whole of mankind itself, not just those on the island, is in danger…
There's a terrifying new dinosaur
Jurassic World explored the creation of new dinosaur species through genetic modification. This is very much prevalent again this time around, with Claire and Owen discovering that what they believed to be a rescue mission is in reality an opportunity to auction off the dinosaurs for financial gains.
Far from wanting to rescue the dinosaurs, there are greedy entrepreneurs who intend to clone the dinosaurs in order to use them as weapons. This furthers the conspiracy established in Jurassic World, in which scientist Wu (B.D. Wong) was working with the park's military operatives in order to weaponise the velociraptors.
And from the trailer alone, this new hybrid dinosaur named the Indoraptor certainly isn't something we'd want to encounter in our homes…
It ruthlessly builds tension
Many of the people who have worked on the film have discussed its scarier tone, with Chris Pratt having revealed to Screen Rant that Fallen Kingdom is, "a little bit darker and will continue to expand and carry the story forward in a way that is really unexpected".
Executive producer Steven Spielberg has also sung the film's praises, saying that director J.A. Bayona "knows how to create terror, but he also knows how to orchestrate it so you're not brutalized by it".
It's the second instalment of a wider, scarier storyline
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, who is still present as writer on Fallen Kingdom, has already mapped out the new Jurassic trilogy. This latest film essentially bridges the events of the two movies on either side, and the script originally contained so much action, a lot of the details had to be held back for Jurassic World 3. That movie has already been confirmed for 21st June 2021, so we can expect Fallen Kingdom to build a genuine sense of horror and high-stakes tension that leads directly into the threequel.
"Boy, it was interesting," producer Patrick Crowley tells Slashfilm. "Because without revealing too much of it, he wanted to go much further in the second one. And we all sort of looked at it and said, I don’t think everybody’s ready for that. Pull it back a little. It was just in terms of the length of the time of the storytelling. He had started here and went all the way to there."
From what we know so far, we would be very surprised if a happy ending is in store at the end of this outing...
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