It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

What We Thought:

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is perfectly fine I guess, I just wish there was more to it. The film felt like we’ve seen it before and most of it has similar stories from Jurassic World and the original 3 Jurassic Park films.

This time around Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) go back to the island to save the dinosaurs but they get double crossed and the bad guy wants to auction off the dinosaurs as weapons at a rich man’s mansion. Wasn’t there a guy in Jurassic World that wanted the dinos for his own purposes? In this film a hybrid dinosaur is made and the hybrid and regular version fight each other. Just like T-Rex and its hybrid in Jurassic World. Five movies deep I’m sure it’s hard coming up with original stories but come on now.

Like the previous films I liked the action and the dinosaurs. Some of them look fake and there’s a laugh out loud scene with Blue the Raptor, but overall they are impressive. This doesn’t seem to have as much action as Jurassic World though. There’s no cool motorcycle/raptor scene. There’s no Jeeps and only one cylinder ball ride thingy scene. There are a lot of trucks and a boat holding the dinosaurs, but I wanted more action. It opens with a cool scene and the dinosaur chaos at the mansion is great, but the middle is slow.

My biggest complaint is the new Latina character. We used to have token black or token Asian characters, but nowadays we have token agenda characters, characters created to show an agenda. This character is useless. She’s some sort of doctor yet they really want you to think she’s tough. Women can be tough, I know plenty who are, but this one is not. She’s not taking men’s foolishness and can take on all the men. The problem is, besides one scene with a dinosaur and a bullet, she does nothing the entire movie. At the end she says a line something like “We did everything we could”. Yet she did nothing. The new guy character is your typical computer hacker type, but he at least has a point. He hacks the mansion’s computer systems while she stands there and tells him to go faster. That’s all she does. He’s trying to reboot the system, she stands there. He’s the token nerd character good at computers and afraid of everything, but he at least does stuff (tracks the dinos on the island, hacks the mansion) and he’s used for comedic relief throughout. You could remove her character from the movie and have the same exact movie. But she’s tough and stands up against the men, get it? Ugh.

I walked out of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom not sure if I even liked it. I guess I did, but the movie feels like filler to get to the third one. Stick around till after the credits for a post-credit scene which will tell you what’s happening in the third film. Pratt has some good one liners. He has good chemistry with Howard, I just wish there was more to the movie. So much of it just feels repetitive or unnecessary. There’s a granddaughter character that ultimately means nothing until her twist is revealed and will probably be a plot point for the third film. The Latina character is a waste. Even the couple of surprise cameos didn’t do much for me. It will make a ton of money especially worldwide, but I don’t think I’d rewatch it anytime soon. Still for the fans, it’s…


Cast & Crew:

  • Chris Pratt
  • Bryce Dallas Howard
  • James Cromwell
  • Ted Levine
  • Justice Smith
  • Geraldine Chaplin
  • Daniella Pineda
  • Toby Jones
  • Rafe Spall
  • Isabella Sermon
  • BD Wong
  • Jeff Goldblum

Recommended If You Like:

  • Jurassic World
  • Jurassic Park
  • Dinosaurs!

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