Film review by Steve Duffy –
It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
Pratt returns as the hero of the film. He is charismatic and funny in his role, but the problem with overexposure is at times I thought he was Star Lord.
All fans will be happy to know that Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing is not running around in high heels this time around. Her character is given more suited footwear for escaping the deadly grasps of the dinosaur’s teeth.
Disappointing is that Jeff Goldblum only has a cameo, and he doesn’t even interact with the main characters. Hopefully, we will see more of him in the next film.
As with all the Jurassic movies, the CGI dinosaurs continue to be spectacular and the stars of the film.
Even with its campy dialogue and over-the-top plot twists, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom needs to be seen on the big screen.
RATTING: PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril
RUNTIME: 129 mins