Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – think Dante’s Peak with Dinosaurs

The first full trailer for Jurassic World: Falling Kingdom has dropped, and it’s a hot mess (probably because of all the lava)

Video by The Skinny | 08 Dec 2017

Jurassic World was not very good, but it made a lot of money. A sequel was assured. But after five Jurassic Park movies it seems this series might be running out of ideas, as the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom looks to be mining a sub-genre that was bizarrely popular in 1997: the volcano-based disaster movie. Like Dante’s Peak (where Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton try to avoid some lava) and Volcano (where Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche try to avoid some lava), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom follows Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and a load of dinosaurs as they try to avoid some lava.

If the filmmakers behind Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom were going to borrow from action movies from 1997, they should have perhaps taken a look at The Lost World, the first and to-date only decent sequel to Steven Spielberg’s seminal Jurassic Park. Although to give them credit, they have brought Jeff Goldblum back for this installment, although his only role according to the trailer seems to be reciting his iconic dialogue from the first film.

If you haven't already guessed, the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is far from promising. One silver lining might be that this installment is directed by talented Spanish director JA Bayona, who's demonstrated a knack for thrilling set pieces in films like The Impossible and for making us deeply care for his characters in films like A Monster Calls and The Orphanage, so there is hope that Bayona has perhaps made something interesting from Colin Trevorrow (director of Jurassic World) and Derek Connolly's script.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is released 7 Jun by Universal