We re-enter the Jurassic story with Claire Dearing and Owen Grady risking their lives once again to rescue the abandoned dinosaurs of Jurassic World from an imminent volcanic eruption. Though funded by a well-meaning mogul, things quickly go south with double-crossing bad guys, menacing lava flows, and angry dinosaurs that tussle in the middle of it all. The plot turns out very similar to the previous Jurassic World (2015). Someone involved with the wealthy philanthropist isn’t all that well-meaning and is putting the finishing touches on yet another super-dino weapon behind his back. Claire and Owen rekindle their friendship, determined to put an end to the sinister plot before wealthy madmen get their hands on the dinosaurs.
Stunning visuals and skillful cinematography are heavily relied upon as the film strives to keep up the momentum gained by its predecessors. The greater part of this film follows a familiar template of people-munching dinos and jump scares that will thrill first-time Jurassic viewers, while several gripping scenes and creative plot twists will surprise even long-time Jurassic fans.
The Dove Take: If you are creative, this film could spark some interesting conversations on the morality of gene manipulation and our responsibility to take care of the Earth. Jurassic World briefly explores these questions about ethical science that we may someday need to answer. Is it right to recreate an extinct species if we are able to? However, this seems to be as far as the movie goes, leaving viewers with an unsatisfying loose end on a complex topic. I wish they had taken the time to do so. This sequel’s main purpose seemed to simply be something shallow, with the storyline and moral themes taking a backseat to computer-generated action scenes, therefore missing the kind of poignant message that might leave a lasting impact.
Jurassic World: A Fallen Kingdom is not a Dove-Approved movie.