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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Review

Here’s my Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review which stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and directed by J.A. Bayona. It opens today and is distributed locally by United International Pictures Philippines and Columbia Pictures Philippines.

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The movie is set three years after the disastrous fall of Jurassic World and the island Isla Nublar is facing some serious volcanic activity that threatens to kill all the dinosaurs living in the island. It’s up to Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her ex-boyfriend Owen (Chris Pratt) to save these creatures including the last Velociraptor living in the island, Blue.

The movie is such a feast for the eyes it warrants a second screening for me. The opening not only gives viewers a look at how the Jurassic World theme park has fallen, it also gives us a peek at some of the surviving creatures that are still living in the island. No spoilers here, but the film’s first 15 minutes will definitely leave you hooked.

The press releases weren’t lying, there were a lot of new dinosaurs in this film too alas. we get dinosaurs in bits and pieces.

I liked the couple Owen and Claire to be honest. They were cute, they were flawed but they definitely got the human segment of “Fallen Kingdom” right. The rest of the characters in the movie, I’m sad to say for this Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review, are typically cliche. Even the hunter dude here gets treated like a trope with Owen stating he’s the “Great White Hunter”.

The threats are miniaturized too for this Jurassic World sequel. We get to see a smaller area to operate; where the film moves the drama and action away from the island and into a rich, unheard of character’s estate. This works well if you frame the movie with action set pieces in mind. Although the problem is that there’s really next to nothing in terms of “setpieces”.

Everything in the island was ridiculously fun but the moment we transfer to that English gent’s estate, things dial down. There’s even a segment there were they play up the drama REALLY REALLY GOOD. It may even move you to shed a tear or two.

Annoying characters are aplenty but they serve the purpose of moving the story from point A to point B.

The T-Rex and the Indoraptor are two notables in the movie. We get to see them have their own moments. With the Indoraptor (what a silly name) trying to make a name for itself in the franchise. Too bad, it seems really forgettable. Even the build-up to the reveal seems weak.

What’s really redeeming about this sequel to Jurassic World is the fact that it sets up something that actually tracks back to the title “Jurassic World”. I liked it, it was a ballsy move to make it that way. Terrifyiing to some extent but really really gutsy. The movie wants to make you believe that the world will change completely by the end and it looks like that will actually be the thing when the third movie rolls around soon.

Lastly, i’d like to compare Jurassic Park to Attitude Era of the WWE and the Jurassic World franchise feels like the PG Era WWE. There, glad to get that off my chest.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review – Verdict

I’d like to end this Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review on a high note. I admit, the movie is mired with plot holes and a few flubs here and there but it’s still an enjoyable popcorn muncher. Do me a favor and don’t bring really little kids to the movie, this is still considered a “monster movie” so it might scare the younglings.

SCORE: 7/10

Special thanks to UIP Philippines and Columbia Pictures Philippines.

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