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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Multiple Personality Movie Review – No Spoilers

| Sande Caplin |

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the fifth film in the dinosaur franchise. However, the filmmakers seem intent on making fake, hybrid dinosaurs the main adversary to the human characters, instead of the passé ones like Tyrannosaurus Rex. The first had Indominus Rex and this one has Indoraptor.

The film suffers from a lot of flaws including cliché characters and predictable plot points, but the main flaw is the overall structure. It is a mess. It has three sections that are all tied together through Bryce Dallas Howard’s returning character of Claire Dearing.

The film starts with a volcano days away from destroying Isla Nublar; the island where the park is located. Congress and the news media have a debate on whether or not to save the dinosaurs from another extinction. People like Claire argue yes, because they’re animals and they deserve to be saved. While other’s like Jeff Goldblum, in his brief cameo as Ian Malcolm, argue not to save them because the dinosaurs were never meant to be brought back to begin with. It’s the same debate Ian Malcolm has been having since the first film.

The second section has Claire and Chris Pratt’s character, Owen, back on the island as it’s about to blow. There’s the same back-and-forth banter between Owen and Claire like the first one, so you could tell they were trying to put lighten the tone of the movie with some jokes, but it starts to feel old and repetitive after a while.

There is quite a lot of suspense when the group arrives on the island since the volcano is violently erupting and it’s only a matter of time before everything explodes. It’s like a ticking time bomb in the background that actually adds even more tension on top of the already scary dinosaur attacks.

The bulk of the movie starts after the characters escape the exploding island about forty minutes into the film. The third and last section takes place in a mansion, in the woods, on the mainland. The mansion is the old InGen lab and has a huge underground basement with science labs, cages, a dinosaur auction house… basically anything the script called for. It’s in the mansion where the fake, hybrid dinosaur is revealed and escapes, hunting down the remaining, expendable cast members.

It’s at this point that the movie basically becomes a cheesy monster flick. It’s not bad at being that because it does a good job of building suspense and putting the characters in precarious situations, but it just doesn’t feel like a Jurassic Park movie.

Whose Review gives Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the overall score of Jurassic World: Fumbled Sequel. The original Jurassic Park was and still is a revolutionary classic. The sequels to it were forgettable and horrible in that order. The first Jurassic World was nothing spectacular, but it at least added fun and excitement to a dormant franchise. This movie blows it all up and sticks the dinosaurs in cages, in a mansion, in the woods. The biggest homage to the franchise is that Fallen Kingdom carries the mantle for bad Jurassic sequels.

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