Noob Reviews: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?
Following on from the 2015 outing in Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom sees Isla Nublar threatened by a volcanic eruption set to wipe out all of the dinosaurs left on the island after the unfortunate events that saw many lives lost and the park abandoned for a second time in the 2015 film.
After being given an overview of the situation by Dr Ian Malcolm in front of the U.S. Senate, we quickly join Owen and Claire who have been recruited by Sir Benjamin Lockwood in the hopes as many dinosaurs as possible can be saved. Unfortunately unbeknown to themselves, Lockwood’s aide (Eli Mills) has other plans. Working in conjunction with Dr Henry Wu, Mills is only interested in securing Blue (the velociraptor from Jurassic World) to help further the development of Dr Wu’s latest nightmare creation, the Indoraptor. All of the aggression, intelligence and savagery of the Indominus Rex. But with the agility, mobility and problem solving of a velociraptor.
Dispatched to Isla Nublar with Mills’ hired mercenary company, led by the self-proclaimed great hunter Ken Wheatley. Things become clear as to Mills’ real motives for Owen, Claire and their travelling companions (Zia and Franklin) when Wheatley shoots Owen and leaves him for dead. Claire and Franklin are left locked inside of a concrete bunker with a ferocious baryonyx while Zia and Blue, the velociraptor, are kidnapped at gunpoint.
Without doing too many spoilers, we see the adventuring group take the fight against Mills and Wheatley from Isla Nublar to Lockwood’s Northern California estate where they meet not only the formidable Indoraptor. But are also thrust into the murky depths of dinosaur sales on the black market. A one of a kind auction thought up by Mills and an auctioneer by the name of Mr Eversoll, to raise capital for Dr Wu’s experiments. And to hopefully raise enough to see the Indoraptor project completed in full.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official trailer linked from Universal Pictures' YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Amazon here.
When did it come out?
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released in June 2018.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing)
Chris Pratt (Owen Grady)
James Cromwell (Sir Benjamin Lockwood)
Jeff Goldblum (Dr Ian Malcolm)
Ted Levine (Ken Wheatley)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?
Having mentioned before in the Jurassic World review, I am a massive fan of the Jurassic Park series and was excited to watch the latest entry in the franchise. However, Fallen Kingdom is near identical in many aspects to The Lost World: Jurassic Park from 1997 and does an inferior job of copying a fantastic film.
Both are themed around dinosaur rescue, both involve great hunters out to prove themselves against the most formidable predators of all time (dinosaurs), and both involve rogue mercenary contractors. Fallen Kingdom though goes one step further with the introduction of further scientific exploits and manipulation to create the Indoraptor. Where the original Jurassic Park films thrived on suggested violence, jump scares and in-depth stories - the latest entries of Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom seem to be more geared toward action-adventure cinema with a slight undertone of horror.
Although Fallen Kingdom continues to demonstrate fantastic levels of special effects, CGI and animations - truly bringing the dinosaurs to life. The story really suffers as does the regular visuals. I also found the acting to be awkward and dull with the majority of the supporting roles and what dialogue there was - it was just as lacklustre and dull in many places.
Admittedly I had some favourite moments, like Owen and Claire performing a blood transfusion for Blue on a t-rex and a little Stygimoloch been used by Owen to escape a cell towards the end of the film. The Stygimoloch then becomes disorientated and lost in a lift, leading to a one Stygimoloch rampage through the auction room with it literally tossing people left and right as it charges through the screaming masses. I will also admit at this point that Isabella Sermon as Maisie Lockwood (Sir Benjamin Lockwood’s granddaughter) was quite an excellent addition. I usually pick fault with the child actors in Jurassic Park, but she really pulled off been a rebellious do-gooder in the face of mounting opposition.
Overall it is an okay watch, I am looking forward to seeing where Jurassic World: Dominion takes us in 2021. However, I really hope it goes back to basics and moves away from all of the weaponized genetic freaks and super dinosaurs. As horror film material, the Indoraptor and Indominus Rex would be fantastic. Still, the writers seem to be trying to take Jurrasic Park in a new big-budget direction wanting more explosions, more teeth and more action sequences. And are really pulling away from what made the original films so memorable.
What rating would you give Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?
I would give Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom a rating of 3 out of 5 bananas.
Coming in as the fifth of six Jurassic Park films, with Jurassic World: Dominion, due out in June 2021. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continues on with Dr Wu’s Indominus project and sees the Indoraptor born. With action sequences, more teeth than you can wave a severed arm at and great visual effects. However, it fails to deliver an immersive story and although a decent watch does not hold up against The Lost World: Jurassic Park, whose success it has so obviously tried to copy.
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