Kicking off where Jurassic World left off, we find cloning corporation InGen picking up the pieces after the catastrophic collapse of its dinosaur park.
Not only is Isla Nubla now overrun with prehistoric critters, the island’s dormant volcano is erupting – seriously, were there no islands without volcanos? – and about to make them all extinct again.
Cue dino rights activist Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard, swapping the heels for boots this time) and wisecracking raptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to help with the dangerous rescue mission.
Meanwhile, Jeff Goldblum’s Dr Ian Malcolm returns with doomy warnings about where all this fervour will lead.
There’s more than an echo of Jurassic Park: Lost World in all this, right down to the military types who accompany Claire and Owen back to the island.
Bayona, though, banishes that sense of old ground being revisited in one virtuoso action sequence, spiralling his camera between fleeing humans and dinosaurs with molten lava in pursuit.
In its midst, he even manages to stage a fight between a T-Rex and a stegosaurus that will settle a thousand playground disputes.
The second half opens up the story in more surprising ways, though there’s still the lingering feeling of a Jurassic Park greatest hits medley playing out as an array of dinosaurs, new and old, are let loose afresh against a backdrop of corporate villainy.
One of them can even open doors, a terrifying new trait that will take some topping in the next movie. A dinosaur that can disconnect your wifi, perhaps?