Run time: 128 mins
It’s safe to assume the awe and majesty of Spielberg’s original will never be re-captured, so it’s up to the filmmakers to craft increasingly daring and (mildly) perilous set pieces.
The park was shut down after the outbreak in the previous chapter. Now, the screenwriters are racking their brains for a sequel idea: how can we possibly get our characters back to that island again? One bright spark chimes up: an active volcano. Bingo. Universal breathes a sigh of relief and the franchise continues.
Our heroes, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, return to Isla Nublar to save the park’s attractions from a molten demise. Other parties – ones not so pro-animal – want to capture to exploit their DNA for the government (weaponised dinosaurs?!).
What follows is some spiel about dinos having rights (with a fantastically groomed Toby Jones leading the bad side). But you’re here for the running and screaming (sadly, in sensible heels this time!). Director J.A Bayona (The Orphanage, A Monster Calls) adds a gothic flare as the second half takes aim at claustrophobic horror; think Nosferatu but with more teeth. (Jack Whiting). Don’t miss this fantastic big screen sparkler: Jeff Goldblum…