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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Movie Review

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Other than the stunning photography, this episode has not come up with any new innovation

CAST Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum | DIRECTOR J.A. Bayona

What you get in this edition of the resurrection of 'Jurassic World', is basically more of the same, with minor variations in the timing of the T Rex and Raptor attacks. Other than that, it is a rehash of the previous film, with script DNA extracted from paparazzi, and preserved in amber.

What has happened is that a few years after the theme park shut down, following the over ambitious management by the late Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), a volcano atop the island of Isla Nubiar has erupted. The hot lava pouring down the mountain is going to kill all the dinosaurs. It is unclear what the US Senate has to do with all this, but at a hearing by this esteemed body, Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), argues that it would be better to let the creatures die, than to introduce them into a new environment. They would cause havoc to our eco-system, he says. Evacuated to mainland USA, the T Rex would sprint to the top of the food chain, with the current leaders in that category turning into food.

But human greed has no bounds, and in a secret mission a select bunch of the most dangerous animals are loaded onto a ship and brought to a laboratory in California. Here, a clandestine auction is organised to sell the dinosaurs off to arms manufacturers from all the nasty nations in the world, particularly Russia. The idea is that the predators could be turned into killing machines. They could become a novel weapons system that could catch the enemy by surprise.

Meanwhile, a rescue operation by young people who have been awed by the prehistoric creatures ever since they first saw them, is under way. Led by Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), the man who once trained raptors, the group gets into action.

The problem with this edition is that the attacks by the T Rex and raptors, the principal entertainment in all the Jurassic Park and World films, are predictable. The visual and sound design does not leave anything to the imagination, and we know which bad guys are going to be eaten, and which good ones are going to live another day. Also, there is no star value to the movie, and none of the actors, bar Jeff Goldblum, who has a cameo, have an interesting personality.

The best part of the film, as ever in all the Jurassic movies, is the stunning photography of the thick tropical forest of Isla Nubiar, and the ‘Garden of Eden’ look achieved. Other than that, this episode has not come up with any new innovation.