In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the highly anticipated sequel to Jurassic World and addition to the Jurassic Park franchise, Claire (Bryce Dallas-Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) along with two other nerdy-but-loveable friends return to Isla Nublar in an attempt to save the remaining dinosaurs from extinction via volcano. However, upon rescue, the heroes realize that the dinosaurs are being relocated to the United States not for conservation, but for profit. It is up to Claire, Owen, and friends to both save the dinosaurs from being exploited and weaponized and to save themselves from the newest genetically modified genocidal dinosaur.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom follows in its predecessors’ footsteps in terms of being a huge box office hit, chock-full of both stressful moments and hilarious laughs. While the plotline was lax at moments with an air of predictability, Fallen Kingdom delivers what is expected: lots of dinosaur action.
The film even gets political, with the basic premise being a moral obligation to save the should-be extinct creatures. And, of course, there is a genetically engineered dinosaur meant to be used for war, which of course makes it a deadly adversary to the heroes.
However, Fallen Kingdom isn’t just scary dinosaur action; there are also heartwarming scenes with our old pal Blue, the velociraptor audiences met and fell in love with in the first Jurassic World. Blue and Owen (Pratt) reconnect and Blue helps the heroes vanquish the beast and save the day.
Despite all of the dinosaur action, even the heartwarming aspects, Fallen Kingdom really shines as its own film during the second half when the dinosaurs are relocated to California. Audiences are used to seeing the dinosaurs wreck havoc in a controlled environment, and even though there’s human death, audiences tend to scoff because they would certainly never be stupid enough to go to an actual Jurassic Park.
However, in the latter half of the film, every 90’s kid’s nightmare comes true–in the supposed safety of her house, young Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) runs from dinosaurs, and hiding under the covers isn’t enough to save her from this nightmare.
All in all, from the action-packed but predictable dinosaur rampage to the surprising location switch, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom follows the loved formula of the previous Jurassic films, but has twists that allows the film to shine on its own.
Release Date: June 22, 2018
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas-Howard & Rafe Spall
Director: J.A. Bayona
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Genre: Action/Science Fiction/Adventure/Thriller
Runtime: 2 hours, 8 minutes
Official Website: www.JurassicWorld.com
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Wiki Link: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Hunter Turney | Writing Contributor
B.A | Screenwriting | Chapman University
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