JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 26 mins.

“We not only lack dominion over nature, we are subordinate to it…”

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JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 26 mins

DIRECTOR:  Colin Trevorrow

WRITERS:  Emily Carmichael, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly

STARRING:  Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, Isabella Sermon, and BD Wong

It’s been 4 years since our favorite prehistoric creatures have made their presence known on earth, and the big screen…and we now venture into a world where humans and dinosaurs try to coexist…

And as we venture into this new world of things that can, and will, eat us around every corner, it seems that the explorers who started it all “back in the day”, including Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), have returned to share their knowledge and expertise with our latest Dinosaur experts, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), because what’s better than like- minds coming together, to save us all from extinction…

Now, as genetic mutation is running rampant once again, only this time in the labs at the science giant Biosyn, Ellie and Alan are hell bent on finding out what is the real master plan with what this lab is creating. And while this plan is going into action, Owen and Claire must focus on saving young Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) from her captors…

A Mosasaurus in Jurassic World Dominion, co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow.
(from left) A baby Nasutoceratops, Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) in Jurassic World Dominion, co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow.
(from left) Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), Ramsay Cole (Mamoudou Athie) and Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott) in Jurassic World Dominion, co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow.
(from left) Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) and Kayla Watts (DeWanda Wise) in Jurassic World Dominion, co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Isabella Sermon as Maisie Lockwood in Jurassic World Dominion, co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow.

I give JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION a rating of 3 out of 5:  Who isn’t excited to see the original cast of Jurassic Park, join forces with the cast of Jurassic World? Like, EVERYONE who has ever ventured to the theater to see the most incredible creatures EVER, come to life.  And I, just like everyone else, couldn’t wait to see where this melding of the old and new would take us, as JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION attempts to dominate at the box office too…or maybe not!  The nostalgia of this film is absolutely apparent around every turn and the bringing together of the cast of both films is fabulous for sure, but I got the feeling that Director/Writer Colin Trevorrow has the distinct feeling that just bringing all these fabulous actors together was more than enough to carry this film, and sadly my friends, it was not!!!  Even with the perfectly digitally enhanced creatures throughout every inch of this film, the story lines throughout, are flimsy at best.  I was also saddened by the fact that the chemistry between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard has seemed to evaporate into thin air, but contrary to this painful truth, Dern and Neill still have a spark or two flying between their characters, which was one of the saving graces this time around for me.  Goldblum also shines as always, as Dr. Ian Malcolm, even though I wish he was given a lot more screen time, when it was all said and done.  I also understand that these characters have been formulated throughout the years, but JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION didn’t further any of their character development throughout this film either, which just left it feeling rather blah.  I also found myself becoming really annoyed at the fact that as the dinosaurs become even scarier over the years, with the incredible advances in technology, they have apparently lost their sense of smell, or any carnivorous ways, as hardly no one meets with their demise anymore, making this film especially feel as unrealistic as it gets!  Suffice to say that if you have loved JURASSIC films since the beginning in 1993, you have to head to a theater near you this weekend, and check out JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION too. But, if you are thinking that these films have to get more exciting with each new adventure, think again, as besides the nostalgic factor for this one, it’s needing lots of assistance throughout…which is why I think it’s time for Spielberg to remove himself as Executive producer, and put himself back in the Director’s chair, if we are going to make a move to save this dino-franchise, from ultimately, its own demise!

3/5

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