JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION (2022) – My rating: 8/10

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Jurassic World Dominion is a science fiction action film directed by Colin Trevorrow. The film was written by Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael, and based on a story by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. It is a sequel to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), which is the sixth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. It serves as the third and final film of the Jurassic World trilogy. As with its predecessors, Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley produced the film with Trevorrow and Jurassic Park (1993) director Steven Spielberg, acting as executive producers. In this sequel, dinosaurs are now living alongside humans around the world. I was quite entertained.

Four years after the cataclysmic volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar and the Lockwood Estate incident, de-extinct dinosaurs freely roam the earth. Their existence is causing ecological disasters and animal attacks by these invasive species. With government approval, Biosyn Genetics has established a dinosaur sanctuary in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains where they conduct genomics research, ostensibly seeking groundbreaking pharmacological and agronomic applications.

Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), who is an ethologist, Navy vet, and former Jurassic World employee who was responsible for training Velociraptors, and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), who formerly worked as the Jurassic World park manager and is the founder of the Dinosaur Protection Group, live in a remote cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, while secretly raising 14-year-old Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), who is Benjamin Lockwood’s cloned granddaughter, while protecting her from genetic research corporations like Biosyn, who would study her DNA for various nefarious schemes.

 Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda) a paleo-veterinarian as well as a dinosaur rights activist, and Franklin Webb (Justice Smith), along with Claire are investigating illegal dinosaur breeding sites. Owen also works as a wrangler, helping to relocate stray dinosaurs.  Having grown increasingly frustrated living in seclusion, Maisie sneaks away from Claire and Owen, unaware that Biosyn operatives have located her.

Elsewhere, formerly extinct giant locusts have inexplicably reappeared, with massive swarms wiping out crops. Paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), a paleobotanist and one of the consultants who traveled to John Hammond’s original Jurassic Park observes that corporate-grown crops using Biosyn seeds are left uneaten, raising suspicions they created the locusts. Believing the locust may date to the Cretaceous period, Ellie approaches former partner and paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill),  a paleontologist who was consulted for Jurassic Park and is a survivor of the Isla Sorna expedition depicted in Jurassic Park III (2001), for help. Chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), a mathematician in chaos theory and former consultant for Jurassic Park as well as a key figure involved in the San Diego incident depicted in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), is now working for Biosyn.

The special effects are outstanding and feel, “all so real”.  The story was not so believable but the adventure is nonetheless, exciting and well-acted.  FYIChris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, BD Wong, and Omar Sy are appearing together for the first time since the 1993 film. As of June 26, 2022, Jurassic World Dominion has grossed $302.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $443.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $746.7 million. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 30% of 365 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The website’s consensus reads, “Jurassic World Dominion might be a bit of an improvement over its immediate predecessors in some respects, but this franchise has lumbered a long way down from its classic start.”  I enjoyed Jurrasic World Dominion and recommend it to all, Check It Out!



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