The latest of the mega-millions dinosaur franchise thunders its way to the summer line-up of blockbuster movies. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” capitalizes on the big screen. If you’re craving action and suspense, go see it. You’ll enjoy seeing the thick-skinned creatures gobble up their next victims. As usually happens in Jurassic movies, the antics of the dinosaurs upstage the actors, and the plot becomes more of a vehicle for episodic action; however, the depth in the storytelling comes at the end in this cautionary tale about greed.
If you go to movies to escape the chaos of our times, then “World” won’t give you any hope. It’s been three years since the disaster occurred that resulted in the closing of Jurassic World theme park. Many of the dinosaurs that were cloned for public entertainment have met with an untimely end. The ones left now face sure extinction from a volcano, but their DNA has been spared.
Things will be set in motion for a rescue by the Dinosaur Protection Group and its leader Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard). She enlists the help of a group of former Jurassic World employees, among them Owen Grady (Chris Pratt). Although the motives of this group are pure, another far more sinister organization has other ideas.
Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell) owns the estate where the remaining dinosaurs are being shipped because he and his aide Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) convince Dearing that the dinosaurs will be housed on a new island home. Unfortunately, Mills sees only dollar signs, and it’s not long before the world’s biggest dinosaur auctions takes place.
The science of cloning, of creating something as spectacular and life-changing as bringing species back from extinction, has been held hostage by avarice and greed. Evil intentions will ultimately bastardize something that could’ve been used to benefit all of humankind.
Instead, things move forward at our peril. Such is the way of the world as it has been, and always will be. Take heed. The final scene points out our proclivity to bend science the wrong way. We should all beware the tale.
Rated PG for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and danger.
Marilyn Robitaille writes film reviews for the Stephenville Empire-Tribune and Glen Rose Reporter.