If you’re a fan of the Jurassic Park franchise, then you should already know by now that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is finally out in theaters. Just like the first four films, Fallen Kingdom serves as a cautionary tale for those who try their hand at playing god.
Taking place a few years after the initial closure of Jurassic World, this latest installment follows former Jurassic World operations manager, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and former animal behaviorist, Owen Grady’s (Chris Pratt) efforts to save the remaining dinosaurs from going back into extinction.
By the orders of Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), late business partner of John Hammond (CEO and creator of Jurassic Park), Claire is tasked to lead a rescue mission to safely remove eleven dinosaur species off of Isla Nublar to an unnamed, self-sustaining sanctuary island. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned for the rescue team. Instead of just saving the dinosaurs from a massive volcanic eruption, the team is forced to save the dinosaurs, the world, and themselves from the evils of corporate greed and genetic cloning.
While this film kept me at the edge of my seat with its suspenseful storyline, beautiful cinematography, and crazy dino-action scenes, I can’t help but wonder if it was necessary to the franchise. Although it has many elements that differ from its predecessors, it was too reminiscent of Jurassic Park: The Lost World and it still focused heavily on the same, overused theme in the franchise: genetic cloning only leads to trouble.
It can be argued that by the end of the film, the overarching theme is challenged by the existence of Benjamin Lockwood’s granddaughter, Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), but I’m not entirely convinced that Maisie’s storyline is enough to make me want a threequel.
If you’re looking for an action-packed summer flick to fill two hours of your open schedule, this is the movie for you. But if you are expecting something more than just an action/adventure film, then you’re better off watching something else.