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‘Fallen Kingdom’ falls flat

  • Published at 12:33 am July 5th, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest film of the series is directed by J.A. Bayona, was released on June 22 in the US and worldwide

If you ask me what is better about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, than the previous films of the franchise, my response is simply that Claire (Bruce Dallas Howard) wears more reasonable running shoes. The new film was released 3 years after Jurassic World and is the fifth instalment of the series; it is just as violent and full of action as the previous films but lacks a strong storyline.  

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest film of the series is directed by J.A. Bayona, was released on June 22 in the US and worldwide. Opening to mixed reviews, the film has grossed $932 million, worldwide, thus far. 

The film has plenty of dinosaurs, so the audience expects action packed encounters between them and the protagonists, but unfortunately, most of the dinosaurs are: caged, weak, wounded, afraid and vulnerable. When watching a dinosaur movie, one expects the creatures to be the driving force of the movie. 

However, some of the film’s action scenes leave viewers on the edges of their seats. The opening scene of the movie sends chills down one’s spine. But a lack of proper execution, a feeling of fear, was absent throughout half of the movie. 

When Spielberg came up with the original “Jurassic Park” almost 25 years ago, it had a solid storyline and the director created a perfectly scary Jurassic world —with his brilliance and strong cinematographic sense. 

The current film’s story takes place 3 years after the Jurassic Park incident—and the US senate is indecisive about whether the dinosaurs should be left on the island to die in volcanic eruption or they should be saved. Meanwhile Jurassic World’s former operation manager, Claire, runs an organization to save the animals. She gets calls from Benjamin LockWood, one of the former owners of the park.Claire meets him to discover that Benjamin wants to relocate the dinosaurs to a new island sanctuary and Claire assembles a team that includes Owen (Chris Pratt), former Jurassic World’s velociraptor trainer. The team heads towards the island with the additional mission ofsaving Blue, the last existing velociraptor. 

On the island, we see dinosaurs and a few inconsistent action scenes. Claire and Owen try to survive the volcanic eruption along with the dinosaurs. At some point it turns out that Eli Mills, manger of the estate owned by Benjamin, had actually hired them to track their system and he has other, more sinister, plans about the dinosaurs’ future.

At this point the film seems pretty predictable because of its weak storyline. Blue, which looks like a cross between ET and a T-Rex, comes to rescue the team; and bad guys get consumed by the dinosaurs. 

The film used perfect CGI to create a bond between the audience and the dinosaurs. The original music was composed by Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino. 

There are key moments in the film when you get dragged into the film by dinosaurs and their roars. If you don’t care about the storyline, like original Jurassic film offered, but enjoy dinosaurs on screen, then it is a good 70-minute ride for you on the weekend. 

I would rate this movie a 2.5 star out of 5.