Isla Nublar is devastated four years before the events of Dominion. All around the planet, dinosaurs now coexist with people and hunt alongside them. This precarious equilibrium will change the course of history and decide, once and for all, whether humans will continue to be the top predators on the planet they now share with the most dreadful creatures in recorded history.
Colin Trevorrow is the director.
Written by Emily Carmichael and Colin Trevorrow
A band of visitors (old cast members of the Jurassic franchise meet the new) must uncover, survive and escape a dinosaur facility called Biosyn refuge (an evil business involved in genetic modification and research), in order to restore ecological balance and defend the food chain. How about old wine in a new bottle?
The film is set in the neo-Jurassic Age where people and dinosaurs must learn to live together. The unusual genetic mutations of Biosyn pose a threat to cohabitation. They unleash a lethal locust infestation that can ruin the balance of nature. Foreseeing this calamity, the big three of the dinosaur universe — Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), team up again to infiltrate the private valley with a hope to avert the ecological disaster.
Additionally, in order to save their teenage daughter with a mysterious background, Maisie, the Jurassic Park modern age team of Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) must travel to Biosyn (Isabella Sermon). The girl is taken hostage because she is “important intellectual property.”
Who cares about the plot in a Jurassic franchise as long as you get to gawk and be terrorized by the computer-created giant extinct species, right? It’s just a money-spinner after all. The plot is important, and the original showed how well they may be woven together. Although not every sequel can live up to the original, Colin Trevorrow wastes too much time before delivering the emotional connection, fear, and nail-biting survival action that you would expect from the stated conclusion.
His crowded and chaotic survival drama doesn’t really come to life until the second half, which is an obvious clone of the first after a fairly unbelievable, lengthy buildup. The big three must get away from the dinosaur island in a chopper while taking care of a toddler and Ellie and Alan must rekindle their romance.
A few scenes, such as the dinosaurs chasing Owen’s speeding bike and even engaging in parkour maneuvers, are jaw-droppingly intense, even though the jump scares and suspense don’t compare to the 93 original. The best part of this predictable movie is once again Jeff Goldblum’s signature quick wit.
When Steven Spielberg initially introduced us to the mythical dinosaur island of Jurassic Park in 1993 and how a group of visitors must survive while on a tour if things go wrong, he set the bar far too high. The single goal was to capitalize on the original’s popularity without reviving the survival thriller series after it achieved an enormous global reputation through the several sequels that appeared over the years.
However, it is important to remember that everything that refuses to change or evolve risks going extinct. There are some good moments in Jurassic World: Dominion, but they are few and far between. Instead, watch the first movie again.
I would give 3 out of 5 for this one!