Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Movie Review

Chris Pratt stars in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Rotten Tomatoes Plot: 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. Directed by J. A. Bayona.

Remember The Lost World: Jurassic Park? Bayona and screenwriters Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly definitely do. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a near carbon copy of 1997's sequel to Jurassic Park. Sure, it looks better (two decades of CGI improvement helps) but we've already seen it, countless times before. Fallen Kingdom adds a volcano and an absurd, thinly-veiled message that dinosaurs are people too... even if they spend half the movie eating us. As for Howard, Pratt & the rest of mankind? The former says it best, "They're all gonna die, and nobody cares." Ditto for this once innovative franchise.

Grade: D+