Movie Reviews: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom




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     Universal (2 hrs. 8 min.)
     Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from Dino theme park/resort Jurassic World from the island’s volcano.
     Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Toby Jones, B.D. Wong, Jeff Goldblum
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Laurence Washington

After the first two Jurassic Park films, you would think that during an InGen Company board meeting that somebody would raise their hand and say, “Excuse me sir/madam. But making dinosaurs is a bad idea. In fact, doubling down and making super dinosaurs is an equally bad idea that always ends badly.”

But no, it was not to be. Jurassic Park scientists keep making enhanced dinosaurs, and Universal Studios keeps making Jurassic Park movies, each one worst than the last. “Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom” is no exception to this rule. It’s riddled with rehashed scenes from the previous films – especially “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” and plot holes big enough a brontosaurus could through.

The premise of the film centers around rescuing 11 species of dinosaurs from Jurassic World on Isla Nubar, because of a spending volcanic eruption. Enter Dino lovers Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) who were almost killed in the last film, to aid in the relocation. What were they thinking?

The operation is bankrolled by Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), a billionaire who had creative differences Jurassic Park’s originator Dr. Hammond. Lockwood had bowed out of the Dino business until now. He tells Owen and Claire that he has an island where the dinosaurs can thrive, and be free from human interference.

Of course Lockwood’s plan goes sideways and the dinosaurs end up on his huge estate. Once off the island, “The Fallen Kingdom” digresses into a typical and boring Monster in the House film. All the charm, wonderment, thrills and amazement of the first Jurassic Park are just dusty memories. To the film’s credit, the dinosaurs look better and better with each film. However, all the advanced CGI magic cannot save a movie if the plot is extinct.

While watching the film’s impressive volcanic eruption (I must say they got it right after watching Kilauea on YouTube), one might ask, don’t volcanoes make islands instead of sink islands? That’s just a thought to ponder.

However, we wouldn’t have a movie if there were a dormant volcano. Nobody is scared of a dormant volcano. In an effort to protect the box office, the filmmakers had dinosaurs trying to eat anybody in their way during their escape from spewing lava and fireballs shooting into the sky. Logic dictates that when a volcano erupts, your basic instinct is to haul ass, never mind what’s for dinner. And will someone please notify the filmmakers that T-Rexs and Raptors do not save the day. In fact, those particular species of Dinos do quite the opposite. By all rights, Barney the blue T-Rex should be eating children. But let’s not go down that rabbit hole.

Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as scientist/philosopher Dr. Ian Malcolm, who tells a U.S. Senate hearing that taking dinosaurs off Isla Nubar is a bad idea and to let them die in the volcanic explosion. Too bad Goldblum is only on screen for a cup of coffee. He was the only bright spot in the film. However, the Jurassic Park franchise has a presold audience, and should do well at the box office. Fans of the films will be glad to lean that the ending lends itself to plenty of sequels to come.

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