As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.
Three years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again.Written by
J.A. Bayona, who was born in Barcelona during the final year of Franco's dictatorship, was still a teenager when Jurassic Park opened at his local multiplex. He still recalls his sense of elation, seeing realistic dinosaurs on screen for the first time. He never imagined that he would be directing the fifth Jurassic film some 23 years later. See more »
When Owen's paralysis wears off, he is only a few inches from lava at most and yet he does not suffer any ill effects. Not to mention he was lying on ground that, apparently, was hot enough to cause discomfort to a large dinosaur's feet (if the calm Sinoceratops suddenly stomping the ground before running off is any indication). Even more so with Baryonyx that sneaks up on Claire and Franklin, which takes lava in the face and only flinches. See more »
IN BRIEF: Dinos versus the human race. Guess who wins!
JIM'S REVIEW: It's them vs. us again! Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has more dinosaurs to meet, more destinations to visit, more scary moments of dino-chomping, more self-depreciating humor from our anti-hero and all-around good guy Owen (Chris Pratt, still charming as ever), surprisingly more sensible foot ware for his love interest, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), and more-of-the-same escapist entertainment any moviegoer can expect from this series. This chapter follows its successful formula and then verges off into new territory under the more than capable direction of J. A. Bayona.
Yes, it's the hunter getting captured by the game as the many breeds of dinosaurs are nearing extinction on their island. Volcanic activity threatens to put an end to them in an ironic close encounter of their kind. Both Owen and Claire want to help them and evil forces want to use them. Greed, big business, and hefty dollar signs are involved in this messy food chain. The dinosaurs (and their human prey) never saw it comin', although any moviegoer beyond the age of 7 surely has.
The problem with all this danger and peril is that the creatures whose brain is small and disproportionate to their bodies seem to be better equipped at survival than their human counterparts. It's always dinnertime and we foolish mammals have no real smarts! Logic always loses itself to the simplistic plot. If one can accept that factor, moviegoers will enjoy the set-up and thrills to a higher degree. Otherwise, it's idea-fatigue that is on display.
All in all, the CGI dinosaurs are first-rate and their realistic details of sharp talons, scaly textures, and drooling teeth are state-of-the-art impressive. These monsters bring the chills and scares. Some set pieces ratchet up the tension quite nicely (I loved the monster in the bedroom motif.) and the film's violence is refreshingly not gory in the least.
The screenplay by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow takes awhile to stage the two-pronged story of island danger and creatures running rapid in an old Victorian mansion. Fortunately, they never take their subject matter too seriously and add some humor to the narrative. (At times, I was as giddy as that inner 60's teenager enjoying at a Saturday matinee serial, thoroughly entertained and laughing out loud at the chases and far-fetched dangers. ) The villains are of the cardboard variety and one watches for their dastardly comeuppance, which you know will occur and one savors those moments. After all, the film is straight formula with a little flourish and a lot of strong production values.
But it is the director who truly saves the day. He paces his horror film with an onslaught of memorable images that make this one of the better installments in the franchise. His use of lighting and shadows reigns supreme and he keeps the action moving and the tension high. Mr. Bayona brings on the gravitas with a light touch of tongue-in-cheek humor. It's a wonderful balancing act from a skilled director.
Back again are Mr. Pratt and Ms. Howard, very likable actors who add some nuance to their stock parts. Daniella Pineda and Justice Smith are the younger mismatched couple and Isabella Sermon is that child actor in jeopardy. They play their roles well. In close pursuit as possible human hors d'oeuvres are Toby Stephens, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, Ted Levine, and Rafe Spall. Even Jeff Goldblum makes a welcomed visit to bookend and warn us of all the genetic tampering that will be the death to us all.
Jurassic World: Hidden Kingdom is mindless big budget fun. As escapist fare goes, chomp away!
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