Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Screenplay by: Emily Carmichael, Colin Trevorrow from a story by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow based on characters created by Michael Crichton
Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, Isabella Sermon, Campbell Scott, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Daniella Pineda and Scott Haze
Tagline: The epic conclusion of the Jurassic era.
It’s four years after the events of the last Jurassic Park sequel. Dr. Ellie Sattler (Dern) is trying to determine a way to stop genetically enhanced locusts from destroying crops around the world. Alan Grant (Neil) is studying dinosaur fossils. Owen Grady (Pratt) and Claire Deering (Howard) are raising Maisie Lockwood (Sermon) and their “pet” raptor. Meanwhile Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) is the guest on a billionaire’s dinosaur island that — you know what, let me cut to the chase. All the stars are going to end up together battling dinosaurs as they attempt to thwart a billionaire’s evil plans.
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Dinosaurs are cool. Dinosaurs in a modern world are even cooler. It’s great that all the past stars of the Jurassic Park films return for this one. There are some excellent scenes with dinosaurs chasing / attacking people, but we know that our stars are going to survive.
Part of the problem with Jurassic World: Dominion is the writing. Any time a dinosaur is about to attack (and it doesn’t matter if it’s a raptor or a t-rex), raise your right hand in front of you and your left hand away from your side. This stops them in their tracks.
Characters who should know better, do stupid things. You’re walking across thin ice and it begins to crack. Instead of flattening out, moving away from the person next to you and sliding across the ice, you look at the other person next to you and both begin to run. When the group is moving through the jungle, you have the ones with weapons talking to each other behind the group and the weakest leading. I could go on, but why? We get plenty of dinosaur action and that’s the selling point.
Jurassic World: Dominion earns 3 of 5 stars.