The second film in the Jurassic World reboot provides exploding volcanos, greedy businessmen, an abandoned and over-run theme park and ferocious dinosaur fight scenes, and, really, we’d expect nothing less.
Three years after the fall of the Jurassic World theme park and resort, Isla Nublar and its dinosaur inhabitants face the deadly threat of the island’s active and extremely angry volcano. Their second extinction seems imminent as the US Government refuses to intervene and save them despite Claire Dearing, the former Jurassic World Park Operations Manager, campaigning to protect them.
When Benjamin Lockwood, John Hammond’s former partner in creating dinosaur-cloning technology, offers Claire an opportunity to save some of the prehistoric beasts, she ropes in former raptor trainer (and former boyfriend), Owen Grady, to help her, but they soon discover that saving these dinosaurs is not the only plan in action.
Similar to the first Jurassic World film, Fallen Kingdom is quite different to the original Jurassic Park trilogy, relying more on CGI and special effects to capture its audiences, rather than the quality of the script, the depth of the storyline and the characters themselves. In saying that, though, the film still does provide an enjoyable theatrical ride with on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, humorous moments and spectacular visuals including the impressive volcanic destruction of Isla Nublar, and of course the variety of dinosaur species that are so realistically presented.
Both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are believable as lead characters, Owen and Claire, though they have little to work with when it comes to character development. Pratt’s character has the same mischievous attitude as in the first film and again provides many humorous moments, while we do see a more empathetic side to the normally harsh Claire as she fights for the dinosaurs’ right to survive.
Newcomers Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda provide diversity in the cast, as well as some of the film’s comic relief, while inhabiting the roles of former Jurassic World technician, Franklin Webb, and paleo-veterinarian, Zia Rodriguez, who support the main character’s dinosaur-saving quest.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, despite not living up to a higher theatrical potential, is still a T-rex sized blockbuster that provides an enjoyable theatre experience for its dinosaur-loving audiences.
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