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Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom #Review

J U R A S S I C   W O R L D :

F A L L E N   K I N G D O M

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Starring : Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Justice Smith

Director : J A Bayona

Certificate : 12A

Running Time : 128 mins

Blurb : When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

My Rating : 3.5/5

My Review :

Velociraptors were the main staple of my nightmares when I was growing up. I was terrified of the possibility of someone actually being able to bring one of these killing machines back to life. I would get heart palpitations imagining waking up and finding one in my bedroom.  I could never have imagined that I would ever come out of watching I movie where I quite liked the Velociraptor and actually thought it was cute.

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It was almost guaranteed that this movie was never going to have the same impact on cinema audiences as the original Jurassic Park, but despite what the critic’s say, it was a fun movie.

This movie is set a few years after the events in Jurassic World. The Islands dinosaur inhabitants have been left to fend for themselves, no one has tried to set up another theme park but there is a problem. The dormant volcano on the island has woken up and is about to destroy everything on the Island. Step in Claire (Dallas-Howard), who is trying to save the dino-inhabitants of the Island. I am not a 100% sure why? After all in the last movie several tried to eat her, but for some reason she feels as though they need to be saved. Eventually Hammond’s ex-partner contacts her, gives her a lovely story about a dino-reserve and funds her return to the Island. Only they want Blue (the Velociraptor). There is only one problem, Claire has to recruit Owen (Chris Pratt), who after being in a relationship for a couple of years have split up. Of course he says no, but you know he is going to go… we have seen the trailers.

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The concept of the movie is interesting, the Frankenstein, creator and creation theme is dominant as it is in all the Jurassic movies, however this takes the theory a little further. There is a little twist in the tail of this dino-tasic movie. I worked it out quite quickly and was then waiting to be proven right.

There are a few issues with continuity and pace but there are some great moments. One of them is the last shot we get of the Island as the volcano erupting. I had my daughter one-side of me and a stranger the other who both shed tears. To be fair it is an emotional moment as the Park is now gone for ever. This movie also has a lot of comedy, some might say too much and some of it could be considered inappropriate. I am not going to explain myself as I do not want to give any spoilers, but there was one quite humorous moment with the monster of the movie (the Indoraptor) just before someone, well a few people, were about to be dinner.

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Again I am one for sentiment and there were a few homages to the original movie. The girl in the dumb-waiter trying to close the shutter as the Indoraptor charges at her for example, was very Lexi in the kitchen.

There is also a moment when my childhood nightmares were brought to life on the big screen.

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I did feel as though they had brought a lot of characters into this movie just so they could be dino-munch. I am not of fan of people dying just for the sake of it, however I believe this was a reaction to the response from Jurassic World, as some complained there was not enough dino-murder (blood-thirsty lot). Jeff Goldblum was also not in the movie nearly as much as I would have liked. I also have some complaints with the main human antagonist in the movie, there was little depth to his character. I am also not a fan of the Indoraptor the CGI was a little dodgy in some of the chase scenes.

Overall I enjoyed it… and even though I feel as though the franchise should be left alone now. (Any further and I feel we may end up with the Raptors in space.) Lets face it, if they made another one, we’d watch it.

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