It likely looks as though the “Jurassic Park” franchise will grow to be as large and unnecessary as the “Transformers” or “Fast and Furious” movies. While it’s always fun to watch dinos run around and cause chaos, if it continues for too long, there is no doubt it will get old after a while. We can already start to see that happening with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”.
Acting as the fifth instalment in the series, this Jurassic film is both frustratingly predictable, yet partially entertaining. After hearing news that a volcano on Isla Nublar is set to erupt, endangering the dinosaurs on the island, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) decides to go back to the island to save the dinosaurs. She teams up with other dinosaur rights activists along with Owen (Chris Pratt) who joins the team to get back to Blue, a raptor the he befriended and trained since she was a newborn. However, the entire operation is being controlled by Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), whose plans are much more sinister than they appear.
Once the film introduces the main plot, the action jumps right in and gives little to no time for character development, making the movie feel much more like a “Fast and Furious” movie. We know so little about the new characters in this story, that if they were snatched up and eaten, it would have no effect. While the action is entertaining for the most part, it lacks anything that might help us care about its outcome. “Fallen Kingdom” tries much to hard to be exciting, that it makes it even less exciting. The two leads constantly get themselves into situations that force the audience to wonder how they’ll get out. This happens every twenty minutes and got annoyingly old after the third time. The constant peril takes over the entire film leaving no room for anything else.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are a bit underwhelming as the leads and the surrounding performances are nothing notable, with the expectation Justice Smith as Franklin, the overly annoying dinosaur rights-activists who has a continuously high-pitched scream that is supposed to be funny. Instead of being funny, his scream gets rather annoying as one could imagine. Rather than his performance, it’s the character that’s the problem, showing how the screenplay resorts to many lows.
The plot results in plenty of eye-rolling moments through both the dialogue and the plot. The very concept of rescuing dinosaurs from an exploding island isn’t very exciting from the beginning and the film lived up to its disappointment. On top of its basic premise, the dialogue gets pretty cheesy as the film goes on, something that some will love, and some will hate.
Towards the end, the film gets much more tense and actually gives audiences something to care about. The action seems to get more thrilling, though still not as entertaining as one would hope for a Jurassic movie. We can already see that the creative ideas for the franchise are slowly starting to fade, with this film in particular being one of the least unique Jurassic experiences. While it’s key to keep the plot unique and original, it’s also important to keep the sequels grounded within the franchise, reminding true “Jurassic Park” fans of the all-time classic. It’s pretty unlikely that these films and the inevitable upcoming sequels will ever live up to the nostalgic sensation of the original, but “Fallen Kingdom” strays the furthest away from that feeling.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril