SIOUX CITY, IA - Scott: Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is without a doubt one of the loudest movies I’ve seen. Humans screaming. Dinos screeching. Volcanoes exploding…this sequel to the successful 2015 franchise relaunch brings the noise. Fresh ideas…? Not so much. But it won’t cause this franchise to go extinct.
Picking up a few years after the destruction of the park in Jurassic World, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) are recruited in a rescue operation to save the remaining dinosaurs from Isla Nublar before an event wipes dinosaurs off the face of the earth for a second time.
The movie feels like it’s split into two distinct halves – the first of which is very similar to Jurassic Park The Lost World (also #2 in the original trilogy) on a sugar rush. The level of danger is so over-the-top and borderline ludicrous introducing at MINIMUM a dozen different ways that these characters should have died horrible deaths. It’s a lot of computer-generated spectacle without many genuine thrills.
Thankfully, the second half pushes the story in new directions and becomes more of a monster flick which is unique for the series. By creating intimate situations in a smaller scale environment, the dinosaurs are a lot scarier and more threatening in a way they haven’t really felt for a long time. The central creature in this case is the man-made Indoraptor which has some entertaining scenes and will probably haunt the minds of kids in a way that the raptors from the very first movie did.
While I still enjoy the new Jurassic Park movies, there’s an element lacking here that was present the first time around – that being the scientific angle. I know better than to expect grand scientific statements in summer popcorn movies, but I was excited by the trailers to see that Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) was making a comeback…it’s basically just a cameo. The central question of Park’s, “We’ve created life. But was it the right thing to do? And what are the ramifications?” is simply a lot more interesting than World’s, “We’ve got dinosaurs! Can we weaponize them?”
This is a good, loud piece of popcorn entertainment and it does take a few welcome risks with the franchise formula. The cliffhanger guarantees my return to the cinema for Jurassic World 3 in 2021.
Claire and Owen are all in to rescue the dinosaurs left fending for themselves on an island. There's a dormant volcano that begins erupting, and its a race against the clock to save the dinosaurs who are at risk to become extinct.
It takes a while for action to really get going in the first half of this movie. The second half has some highly intense, nail biting scenes, but I wish there were more scenes like that spread throughout the movie. no shortage of violence - parents beware! There's a very scary genetically modified dinosaur that tracks and tries to kill a young girl. People are eaten, torn to shreds, trampled, and severely injured. This one is definitely a little darker. it does make you question the ethics a bit: if saving an extinct species, should you alter them?
This movie keeps you on your toes with a secret of alternative motives I won't spoil. I thought it had a strong ending that suggested there will be another to follow. Definitely worth seeing, but not the best in the series.