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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

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Cast

Chris Pratt – Owen Grady

Bryce Dallas Howard – Claire Dearing

Rafe Spall – Eli Mills

Justice Smith – Franklin Webb

Daniella Pineda – Zia

James Cromwell – Sir Benjamin Lockwood

Toby Jones – Gunnar Eversol

Geraldine Chaplin – Iris

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Different Dinosaur

I am pretty certain Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will bring everything you want – and a bit more – if you’re really into the previous movies. Based largely on Isla Nublar, the story follows the familiar leading pair (Pratt & Howard) as they race to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that is about to explode and make them extinct – again. The plot is very easy to follow and makes for an entertaining 126 minutes, regardless of whether you as the viewer think the movie is shit or not.

You cannot deny Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom explodes with an endless energy in the form of prehistoric beasts and sizzling special effects which help create the daunting atmosphere when Owen and Claire enter the dangerous depths of the island. Sloppy bright lava pouring from ceilings, a dinosaur stampede, a life-threatening plunge into the sea whilst trapped in a pod, one person’s ignorance leads to a grisly end, and a stand-off between one character and the most vicious dinosaur of all.. it all works together nicely and contributes to the movie’s effectiveness. Producer Frank Marshall and director J.A. Bayona work hard to bring this chapter to life, and the results are clear to see.

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This is a movie I am certain will appeal to both older and younger viewers alike. In fact I don’t need to be certain; the audience in the cinema was a total mix of adults and children, most of which seemed to be enjoying it and reacting loudly to different bits. Good stuff.

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This latest dose of dinosaur mayhem has a different feel to it; both the dramatics and comedy work on varying levels which ensures a film of split dynamics. You get dry humour between people, emotional interaction with others, gory scenes involving dinosaurs and their next human victim.. it’s all here and it’s not a bad show. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom does its job.

I got the feeling the bedtime scene involving the little girl was thrown in to the movie to spice it up, make it a bit more exciting. Otherwise, Christ knows why a child would stay laying under the covers as a gigantic beast sneaks its way into her bedroom. I am certain the producers craved that picture of a small child cowering under the duvet from a monster – but a prehistoric one. This scene works well on a level of ‘sweaty palms’, but felt totally random thrown amongst what the other characters were getting up to and other pressing issues surrounding them. It was like mainstream movie hops to fairytale bedtime scene – and back again. Odd.

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Old News

I think we’ve all seen enough now. There has been a long trail – like a dino’s tail – of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World films combined, with the two latter bursting on to screen with pretentious attitude. While the franchise is extremely popular worldwide, the most recent films have dragged it out long enough. And the downside of this is you know exactly what to expect before you’ve even hit the play button. It is clear as crystal to see how the movie is going to pan out, and anything you assume will happen – happens. The movie and its genre are that familiar.

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There’s certainly something different about this one. Give it a go, especially if there are younger viewers around.

 

 

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