Wednesday, July 4, 2018

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" Review by Tim Hellman

'JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

The fifth installment in the 'JURASSIC PARK' franchise, and the second chapter in the new reboot trilogy.  In this sequel Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the abandoned Jurassic World theme park, in order to rescue the dinosaurs there from an imminent volcanic eruption.  'JURASSIC WORLD's writers, Colin Trevorrow (who also helmed the 2015 film) and Derek Connolly, returned to script this entry as well, and J.A. Bayona took over directing duties.  Steven Spielberg (the original film's director) returned as an executive producer once again.  The returning cast this time (from multiple other installments) includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong and Jeff Goldblum.  While Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Isabella Sermon, Ted Levine, James Cromwell and Toby Jones joined the cast.  It's received mixed reviews from critics, and it's another gigantic hit at the Box Office as well of course.  I loved it.

A volcanic eruption is set to destroy Isla Nublar, and the United States Senate is holding a debate on whether the dinosaurs there should be saved or not.  The Senate disapproves doing anything to save the animals, so Claire Dearing (Howard) creates the Dinosaur Protection Group, and she receives financial support from Benjamin Lockwood (Cromwell) in order to go to Nublar and rescue the dinosaurs.  Claire also enlists the help of her former lover, Owen Grady (Pratt).  Things get complicated when Lockwood's aide, Eli Mills (Spall), double-crosses the team in order to sell the dinosaurs for a huge profit.

The movie is spectacularly entertaining!  There's definitely some really cool creature attack scenes in it, and an awesome volcanic eruption escape scene as well, involving a drugged hero narrowly fleeing his death (in a totally classic scene in my opinion).  There's also a great animal liberation message throughout the film too, that I love (being a vegan and Animal Rights activist).  I really had a great time watching it, and I think the movie is an important animal rights film (for everyone to see) as well.

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