Once again, dinosaurs roam the Earth. It’s been three years since “Jurassic World” was released and now comes the sequel: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”
With “Fallen Kingdom,” director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible” and “A Monster Calls”) makes his first non-horror feature film. The returning cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and the legendary Jeff Goldblum, who appeared in the original in 1993, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” in 1997 and climbed on board again for this much-anticipated sequel.
This film centers around two former Jurassic World workers, Owen Grady (Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Howard), who try to rescue the dinosaurs from an impending volcanic eruption. The two, along with handy helpers Justice Smith (Franklin Webb) and Danielle Pineda (Zia Rodriguez), rescue and bring to the island the man in charge of the dinosaur-rescue mission who reveals his plan to sell dinosaurs for profit. The four come together to stop the man from selling dinosaurs and potentially releasing them into the world while encountering a new dinosaur species called Indoraptor.
Grady and Dearing form a funny partnership. The suspense created in the dinosaur sequences was unexpected. They remind me of events that took place in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” as the film also involves the ambition of the villains.
Rafe Spall, B D Wong and Isabella Sermon turn in good performances. Spall has a particularly juicy role as Eli Mills, who trains the dinosaurs to take orders. English actor Toby Jones as Mr. Eversol and the duo of Smith and Pineda add surprising laughs to the film. The sequel is full of volcanic eruptions but the writing relies on storylines and techniques used in the earlier “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World” films.
“Fallen World” falls into the “average” category when it comes to dinosaur movies. I don’t mind sequels as long as they put something new into the latest entry that distinguishes it from the others in the series. I enjoyed “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” but will go back to watch the originals when craving a dinosaur movie. As Goldblum said, “Life will find a way.”
Running time: 128 minutes