Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: June 22, 2018 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
In a sequel that doesn't quite stand up to the original, the dinosaurs, military, greedy businessmen and the two stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard find themselves back in California far too quickly in the plot. The quick change from Isal Nublar to the mainland does no favor for the plot or action sequences.
Looking at what works, the visuals are spectacular the various dinosaurs roam throughout the island and in some cases around Northern California screaming at and devouring what ever comes in their way. On the big screen the images are most effective imparting a sense of reality, quite like the original Jurassic Park. Also impressive is the cavorting by Owen Grady (Pratt) with very young raptors, from the past, as he establishes a relationship particularly with Blue.
Jeff Goldblum returns and again brings a warning about humans and their relationship with these prehistoric animals who are out of their element. He warns early in the film and again near the end as the plot ranges toward a next sequel which will be at least in part in Las Vegas.
The story line is built around the island, Isal Nublar where many of the created early dwellers have been allowed to remain after the last disaster, but the island is about to implode as a volcano is exploding destroying the habitat in which the animals have been living. The plot by writers, Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow spends more time in an old looking castle like building owned by Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell) a co-founder of the original company, in California. Lockwood's unusual grand daughter played very nicely by Isabella Sermon is held under the control of Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) who has become the power behind the now questionable company that is attempting to remove the animals from the sinking island. Grady and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) have been hired to help round up the endangered dinosaurs and save them from extinction.
But back in the states, we learn quickly that the military talent Eli Mills and Mr. Eversol (Toby Jones) are about the sell the dangerous animals to the highest bidders. The bidders are the scum of World civilization from countries who were part of the cold war behind the Iron Curtain to underworld slippery leaders.
Director, J.A. Bayona brings the fun of the series to the screen when the animals are dodging lava and the rescuers are ducking from the oversize changing Jurassic animals. Back in the United States the lead characters along with the grand daughter move around the castle like structure which has cages and creative systems to hold and present the animals at a dark auction. Much of the action in the old building feels like a horror picture with less comic relief and little light in the cave like structures and cages.
The battle on the part of the hero's in this dark world is to escape with their lives and disrupt the big auction. That action is sometime effective but repetitive. Fallen Kingdom doesn't have the sting of the original but it does have some entertaining moments.
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