The fifth instalment in this now boring and close to extinct franchise is given a new fresh level of fun from Spanish director J. A. Boyana. It’s certainly done things we’ve all seen before and there wasn’t anything new to add to the Jurassic franchise but it was an enjoyable and exciting film for dino lovers.
The story is set 3 years after the chaos that occurred in Jurassic World (who could have guessed that would happen), the dinosaurs left on the island are about to go extinct, again, because of a volcano thats going to erupt. Which really makes you question the guy in charge of a location for this place. If he was only going to get 3 years from an island because they didn’t realise there was a massive volcano around he should’ve been sacked. Anyway, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) wants to save them all and with the help of Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), who was best buds with old John Hammond, and Eli Mills (Rate Spall) she goes back to the island with the wonderful Owen (Chris Pratt) to save all the dinosaurs including Blue, which is why Chris Pratt is going.
Anyway turns out Rafe Spall is stabbing the old guy in the back, or SPOILER suffocating him with a pillow, and is actually rescuing the dinosaurs so that he can then sell them off to multiple armies. So Claire and Owen head off with two young, friendly, one dimensional characters who are so so so dull. The volcano erupts, the bad guys get the dinosaur, the four guys head back. Before witnessing a sad dino get burned alive by the volcano, really wasn’t that sad but whatevs. Back at the old guys mansion and the dinosaurs start getting sold, we find out about this huge creepy ass dino that is super enhanced. The old guy granddaughter is actually his daughter who he cloned. Or something like that, its really not explained at all and makes no difference to the plot, really pointless and not needed. Old guy dies, dinosaurs escape and start causing havoc. End of film two.
Fallen Kingdom as a whole wasn’t a bad film, it was enjoyable in places in terms of it’s sets and action. The volcano scene was cool and the ending with the new killer dino. I’m genuinely surprised it had a 12a rating, I found it very thrilling and tense and it some scenes, bloody petrifying. If I was a 8 year old, like a lot of the audience are, that scene in the bedroom would’ve freaked me out. You know where the hand goes up to her face. That’s terrifying. The dialogue is cheesy throughout the film, especially between the two minor characters whose story arc is so obvious. The granddaughter being a clone seems so odd, and unless it plays a part in the next film I don’t really understand what the point was of it. It just seemed like a filler film for the the Jurassic World franchise, it’s quite clear the film-makers wanted the dinosaurs back to mainland as quickly as possible without much consideration for this film.
p.s How annoying was it that this hunk was such a key component in the trailer but then was in the film for like a minute at the start and beginning of the film.
It was a fun addition the Jurassic franchise but it really didn’t have any wow moments are do anything different that we’ve seen in the last 4 films. We’ll probably end up with some rampage style finale that will again, try and make us care about Chris Pratt being friendly with a velociraptor and honestly, I don’t know if I would actually care. You know what, I wouldn’t.