Following the success of its predecessor, Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” takes the series down a new path, reinvigorating the franchise and entertaining audiences worldwide. Our protagonists face new foes, both human and dino, and encounter mind-blowing truths about the dinosaurs and their creators. Complete with thrilling action scenes and spine-chilling horror sequences, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is a standout film for this fan-favorite franchise.

  • Genre- Science Fiction, Action, Horror
  • Directed By- Juan Antonio García Bayona
  • Written By- Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow
  • Music By– Michael Giacchino
  • Cast- Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Bradley Darryl Wong, Jeff Goldblum, Isabella Sermon, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda
  • Premiered- 8 June 2018 (United Kingdom, India, Italy, South Korea), 22 June 2018 (United States)
  • Runtime- 128 minutes.
  • Budget- $187 million
  • Box Office- $1.305 billion

Plot:

Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her newly-established Dinosaur Protection Group are called upon by InGen to help evacuate dinosaurs from Isla Nublar, the location in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, which is under imminent threat from a volcanic eruption. Bringing along coworkers Franklin Webb (Justice Smith) and Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda), along with former Jurassic World dinosaur trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), the group heads to Isla Nublar and helps track down the remaining dinosaurs, including Blue, Owen’s highly-intelligent velociraptor from “Jurassic World”.

The InGen mercenaries sent to rescue the dinosaurs turn on the group, leaving them to die as the volcano engulfs the island, but they manage to sneak aboard one of the InGen boats filled with the rescued dinosaurs. They arrive at a Northern California estate, home to Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), a pioneer of dinosaur cloning with the late John Hammond, founder of the original Jurassic Park. After encountering Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), the granddaughter of Benjamin Lockwood, the group learns an auction being held by InGen at the mansion to sell the dinosaurs to billionaires for use in the private sector.

At the auction, a new dinosaur called the Indoraptor is revealed that was genetically engineered by InGen to hunt and kill with extreme efficiency. As Claire and Owen try to set the dinosaurs free by causing chaos at the auction, the Indoraptor also escapes, and begins to hunt them throughout the mansion as the movie switches from action to horror. After hair-raising sequences reminiscent of the “Alien” franchise, the group is aided by Blue, who manages to kill the Indoraptor by impaling it on the horns of a Triceratops skull. They then discover a hydrogen cyanide gas leak that threatens to kill the dinosaurs, and are faced with the decision of releasing them into the wild or letting them return to extinction.

Owen and Claire have the decision taken out of their hands, as Maisie opens the doors to free the dinosaurs, declaring “I had to. They’re alive, like me”. The conclusion of this film will play with your heart, giving the audience the impression of being right beside these characters.

My Take on the Movie:

I have been a longtime fan of the “Jurassic Park” franchise, obsessing over the original trilogy as a kid and loving the return of the franchise to theatres in the “Jurassic World” trilogy. After looking forward to this movie for months, I was in the theatre on opening night, and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” quickly became one of my favorite movies of all time. I was extremely impressed by every aspect of the movie, from the acting to the soundtrack to the storyline.

Returning to Isla Nublar, the site of the two most popular films in the franchise, was a brilliant move by the writers, as the audience is brought through familiar locations on the island to create a very nostalgic feeling. In comparison, the Lockwood estate in the second half of the movie is the absolute perfect setting for a horror film, as this movie transitions across genres. The franchise has explored horror aspects in the past, such as the kitchen scene in “Jurassic Park”, but this movie takes it to another exciting level. Most every part of the movie was executed perfectly, as an intended box office hit should be.

The return of Jeff Goldblum, reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm, to the franchise was touted to attract audiences, but his role was limited to the final scene as he proclaimed they were living in a new Jurassic World. Look to see an increased role for Goldblum in the next installment. This movie provides the perfect mix of action and horror, and fans of the “Jurassic Park” franchise will not be disappointed. It also sets up the franchise for what should be a sensational sixth entry when it releases on 11 June 2021. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” released on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and 4K Blu-ray on 18 September 2018.

Rating: 5/5