Jurassic World: Dominion is a Far Cry from Jurassic Park – Movie Review

Someone unleash a meteor on Earth to put Jurassic World out of its misery.

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Jurassic World: Dominion is closer to the Fast and the Furious franchise than the original Jurassic Park trilogy, with lengthy action scenes and no solid storylines to keep audiences interested.

After the events of Fallen Kingdom, dinosaurs now live among humans and animals while biogenetic companies continue to genetically modify organisms in harmful ways. Including two new species outside of the dinosaur chaos. New characters are introduced in strange ways that don’t feel natural to the franchise’s heart.

Luckily the Jurassic World trilogy is going extinct and gives fans of the franchise little nuggets and callbacks to keep them interested in the film. These were the moments that gave me little aspects of joy. It allows them the come full circle with the inclusion of original cast members like Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler, Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, and the always amusing Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcom. Each group is on its own mission that ultimately brings them together in true movie form, with a giganotosaurus trying to eat them.

(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.

With so many characters and stars commanding the screen, it doesn’t leave much room for character arcs to thrive. The film is rooted in escaping to a dystopian time for heart-pounding action scenes with jumpscares sprinkled in that lack real substance in storytelling. One scene, in particular, sees Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) racing away from some heavily trained atrociraptors. By the end, a few of us in the audience mentioned the similarities to Fast and the Furious style getaways with physic-defying stunts.

chris pratt on a motocycle racing away from an atrociraptor
Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and an Atrociraptor in Jurassic World Dominion, co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow.

The Jurassic franchise finally steps into the realm of bringing scientific accuracy to the film with the representation of dinosaurs with feathers. It brought more aw to the film that now has so many dinosaur species present; it’s hard to be surprised. The firey red pyroraptor and the long-clawed therizinosaurus stole the dinosaur scenes for sure.

Jurassic World Dominion Feathers dinaosaur

It’s the end of the Jurassic World era, and fans will be mildly entertained but happy it will no longer live among us, just like the dinosaurs. Let’s keep them all in the past and not bring them back anymore.

Jurassic World: Dominion is a Far Cry from Jurassic Park

Meghan Cooper [JaMonkey]

Jurassic World: Dominion

Summary

Jurassic World: Dominion is closer to the Fast and the Furious franchise than the original Jurassic Park trilogy, with lengthy action scenes and no solid storylines to keep audiences interested.

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle. Buy me a coffee

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