Jurassic World Dominion – Movie Reviews by Ry!

Jurassic World Dominion – Dinos of Broken Promises: An Era Lost

In the basics of wonder, we only have our imaginations.  Within that creative glee is a journey of excitement and levity.  For all that can be expected, it is a hope for the experience to be an everlasting memory.  In this review, I look at a film that brings closure to a memorable franchise.  With many possibilities to explore, this film goes down a path of a throwaway sequel.  With everything that could have been, Jurassic World Dominion is a disappointing end to the dinosaur journey.

The story follows in the aftermath of the previous film (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom).  As conflict arises, will humans be able to co-exist or experience the end of their time on Earth.  With this third in the World trilogy (and 6th in the full Jurassic collection), there is a notion of what the journey will entail.  In the beginning, you are brought into this world through the drop-in method.  It has been four years since dinosaurs have made it to the mainland, causing a degree of issues to rise.  Through a montage of scenes (and background narration), the audience is presented with potential conflicts within our modern society on how to co-exist with these massive creatures.  As the first act progresses, these issues become a pathway to reintroduce the main characters (from the current iteration) along with the originals that survived the Jurassic Park incident.  Each character gets their own introductory scene, helping to showcases their purpose and bridging a gap within this new world.  Once character moments are settled, the film moves into the second act where things turn away from the potential thread of cohabiting issues.  As a certain plot element is introduced, this becomes a turn point in the film.  As each character gets sucked into an unwanted spectacle, the filmmakers use nostalgic and potential as a bait-and-switch for predictable sequences of corporate greed, government espionage and forced one-dimensional villains.  This pushes the dinosaurs into the background, creating a convoluted mess that crushes the heart of the Jurassic experience for a hollow action/adventure film.    

As the film loses steam within its own identity issue, eventually all these threads come together with a hope of Dino/human conflict.  Each of our main character discover the source of the problems are to be found at Biosyn’s dinosaur sanctuary. Once everyone is at the sanctuary, the film finally puts the focal point on the dinosaurs.  As the characters are left to their own vices, you get a sense of raw dread from the close calls with these creatures.  As the truth comes to light, it leads into a third act of over-the-top action sequences, horror and nostalgic moments.  With survival on everyone’s mind, it leads into a predictable climax that helps bring some closure to hollow experience.  Jurassic World Dominion is a mix bag of promise and disappointments.  Through all the unwanted fluff, there are moments that bring the heart of the series to life.  I would say, if you are a fan of the series … there might be something worth seeing on the big screen.  Otherwise, it is nothing more than a rental.   

Full Score – 2 out of 5 (Rental)

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