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Review – Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom

In one of the most adventurous action packed starts to a film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by no means fails to entertain. But don’t expect anything different from Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom is ultimately the same story line just done slightly differently. It has free roaming dinosaurs, romance, children and a new hybrid dino ready to dominate them all.

Jurassic World is no longer an operational tourist dinosaur park and after billions of dollars in payouts the island is just sitting there with no one really knowing what exactly is happening. There’s an ongoing court battle about the welfare of the dinosaurs which doesn’t end well. To save them, Ex-Park Manager Claire Dearing is called in to help out, or at least she thinks so. There’s one Dinosaur they can’t seem to handle however and only one person who can help and that’s Dinosaur Researcher Owen Grady.

With Claire and Owen’s small team and an army to help, they set to retrieve the dinosaurs and transport them to a newer safer home. They soon discover their time is almost out as a volcano is about to explode on the island. Forcing the Army to take what they have already captured and escape the island, Claire and Owen and their team are left to fend for themselves until they make a daring escape onto the barge.

Back on the mainland the story unfolds that the dinosaurs were never going to get to the new safer island. The dinosaurs were going to be sold to the highest bidder without any hesitation to the many issues around that of dinosaurs in suburbia. But with that thought in mind, Claire, Owen and their little team end up saving the dinosaurs and releasing them into the world.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ends with the dinosaurs being left free to roam the world. But this is a true Hollywood blockbuster style ending, opening it wide up for the third instalment which is due out in 2021.

All Hollywood film making and money grabbing techniques aside, Fallen Kingdom is very much what has come to be expected from this franchise. And that’s what makes it completely worth every second. Immersing in a lifetime long gone where only the modern world knows as bones, is really remarkable. Not only that, the use of CGI has come leaps and bounds in making every little detail of the dinosaur so realistic it’s almost hard to believe they aren’t actually there.

Bryce Dallas Howard (The Twilight Saga, The Help, Black Mirror) takes the lead once again as Claire, this time not in heels. Running around the park in heels in the first film had such controversy as it was so unrealistic that they even made a point to show her more appropriate attire. Dallas Howard is easily one of the most underrated actresses and brings so much more to her performances than everyone around her. She manages to show this deep love and connection to the saving of the animals that her tears are believable.

Chris Pratt on the other hand plays his role as buff funny guy to a T. He knows his role in the film offers no major addition to the story line other than to save the damsel in distress. In fairness to him, he does manage to show this loving fatherly big brother vibe rather well. Making you wish he would wrap his arms around you for a good old hug.

Overall Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is yet another adventure that just transports you to another world. It’s by no means a new story, you could almost predict how it will all pan out as soon as the film starts. But there is just something about Jurassic Park and World that makes it so darn epic and fun to watch. But the catch with Fallen Kingdom is, it’s only been made to set up the next Jurassic World installment.

Review by Jay Cook

 

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