Film Review: The Dinosaurs Are Restless Again

Jurassic World Dominion is a science fiction action film directed by Colin Trevorrow. He co-wrote the screenplay with Emily Carmichael after he developed the story with Derek Connolly. The concept and many of the characters were based the novel Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Chris Pratt and Dallas Bryce Howard are back and joined by original cast members, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, and Laura Dern. Campbell Scott, DeWanda Wise, and BD Wong are also included in the party.

So, the dinosaurs are now all over the place wreaking havoc occasionally. Then. the ecology is further threatened by giant locusts. Dr. Ellie Sattler starts to investigate the locust problem and calls on Dr. Alan Grant to lend his expertise in prehistoric creatures. In the meantime, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing are trying to keep a clone teen-ager away from a corporation that wants to experiment on her. When the girl and a baby dinosaur are kidnapped anyway, the couple trace her to the company known as Biosyn. They pick up some other allies along the way and run into Ellie, Alan, and Dr. Ian Malcolm. Of course they all have to join forces after the onslaught of locusts and dinosaurs intensifies.

This is another entry in a franchise that probably should have been put to bed some time ago. However, I actually ended up enjoying this somewhat trite and unnecessary continuation more than I thought. It was fun to see the newer protagonists meet the main cast from the earlier movies. There seemed to be quite of story to go around for everyone. The action scenes were pretty compelling. There were some moments that I was on the edge of my seat. Of course, all of the main casts are pretty experienced now. There were some pretty good quips peppered throughout the movie. The visual effects were unsurprisingly convincing.

It doesn’t fall into any category of greatness, but I was reasonably satisfied when the ending credits started rolling. It was fun even if some of it seemed to drag at times. The charisma of the main cast was formidable enough for me to forgive the flaws.

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