Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The fifth entry in the series, ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is another tale filled with CGI beasts. Technology has come a long way since the original ‘Jurassic Park’ film in 1993. Since then the ability to create wondrous and frightening new creatures has improved immeasurably. The scripts have improved as well, discarding the lethargy of previous entries. ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is grandiose escapism only a fortune could buy with the monster’s gnarly smiles more gruesome than ever.

Years after the chaos that shut down the Jurassic World theme park, former caretakers Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return. Their arrival is due to the discovery that a volcano is about to erupt on its island location with the remaining dinosaurs trapped. Desperate to rescue them before the event causes their extinction, Owen and Claire also discover a sinister conspiracy. Caught between animal and human foes, the intrepid duo race against time before a cataclysm ensues.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is a good addition to the series without being remarkable. Whilst long-time viewers may be jaded at seeing more CGI dinosaurs, the script at least attempts something new for the franchise. Half island and half mainland set, this location differentiation keeps the plot moving and feeling fresh which director J.A. Bayona handles well. Although by now the series has a familiarity about it, Bayona ensures each frame isn’t wasted.

Making ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ work are the performances and great action. Pratt and Howard are an easily likeable duo with the villains suitably wicked. They know they aren’t performing Shakespeare and burst into the energetic fray with glee. Their ability to mix dark and light moments enable to make viewing enjoyable with John Williams’ original orchestral score always a pleasure to hear again.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is a fun ride for those wanting blockbuster thrills. Even though it lacks the zesty vigour of the original movie, it’s far better than some of the sequels. Yet another ‘Jurassic World’ may be stretching the franchise’s goodwill but unlike the dinosaurs, making box office money will never become extinct as long as the audience demands more sequels.

Rating out of 10: 6

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