Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady (Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Howard) return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, while uncovering a conspiracy that
threatens the entire planet.
Directed by J.A. Bayona (‘A Monster Calls’, ‘The Impossible’, ‘The Orphanage’)
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Jeff Goldblum and Isabella Sermon
Written by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly (based on characters by Michael Crichton)
In NZ theatres NOW
What’s it about?
So we rejoin the world of Jurassic three years after the events of the previous film, the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar has been abandoned, but the island is about to blow a volcano and the Senate isn’t interested in saving the dinosaur species. Mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum aka legend) believes leaving them to their fate is the right thing to do, they shouldn’t have cloned them in the first place and judging by the plentiful dinosaur adventure movies we’ve had the pleasure of watching, he’s probably not wrong!
This breaks Claire Dearing’s (Bryce Dallas Howard) heart and she has established a crew, a dinosaur saving crew called the Dinosaur Protection Group. In cahoots with Lockwood (James Cromwell) – Hammonds former partner in dinosaur-cloning technology, and his aide Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), plans are made to rescue the dinosaurs and transport them to an island sanctuary, where they can live their dino lives in peace protected from humans and theme parks… yeah right! Dinosaurs left in peace?! Laugh Out Loud.
Concerned that locating Blue, the last living Velociraptor, will be difficult, Claire recruits Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), Jurassic World’s former Velociraptor trainer, to join the mission. Blue is a special dinosaur, that was apparent when Grady was bringing him up, he was trainable, and Blue and Grady share a special bond. Perhaps this is the leaverage for Grady to join the team, as well as the certain red head imploring him to.
So off they go on their Jurassic mission to capture and release the endangered dinos. But things are never that simple are they?! Are other plans hatched? Are dinosaurs escaping? Are islands exploding? Are little girls creeping? Is the world in danger?
What did we think?
We LOVE the Jurassic story. The first installments Jurassic Park, Lost World, Jurassic Park III and recently Jurassic World, so it was a much anticipated film for the family. While the kids – teens and tweens, still thoroughly enjoyed it as did we, it didn’t have as much dinosaur action as we’ve come to expect from action adventure films about dinosaurs! Even though Fallen Kingdom is #5 in the line-up we still want to see the tried and tested tale of “everything’s going wrong, run away from the dinos”, a repeated tale, set in a different environment. It kind of is that simple. As the plot thickend I could see the build up towards future films joining the Jurassic family, and in a way it feels like this one is preparing for the next – and that one could be EPIC!
We were still happily entertained by Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom and its clones, plots, dangers and escapes. Grady and Blue the viloceraptor an adorable duo, along with Claire making it a loveable trio, include Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) – who we suspect to be a kid hero, it’s a team you can root for and cheer to see succeed and survive their escapades, squash any attempts to harm or endanger the world be it human or reptile, and finally make the island santuary for dinosaurs a reality!
Written by Ronnie Swainston