Jurassic World: Dominion
Four years after the events of Fallen Kingdom a lot has changed in the world. Dinosaursërs now live all over the earth and disrupt the natural balance. The company Biosyn Genetics has been assigned to capture the animals and try to restore the balance on Earth.
Meanwhile, we find Claire and Owen back somewhere retired in the woods, secretly raising Maisie Lockwood, the daughter of genetic engineer Benjamin Lockwood. The velociraptor Blue doesn’t live far from them either. When Maisie is kidnapped, they will have to pull out all the stops to win her back.
At the same time, elsewhere entire crops are being eaten to pieces by giant grasshoppers. Dr. Ellie Sattler, whom we remember from the first trilogy, enlists the help of fellow veteran Alan Grant to investigate the cause. All indications point to Biosyn Genetics having a role in this.
The premise of Jurassic World: Dominion is of course very interesting. A world repopulated by the prehistoric giants creates a lot of possibilities. It’s a shame the creators don’t do much with this. We see a few situations in the opening of the film, but that’s where it ends and the story focuses mostly on the characters.
The latter does turn out to be a good choice in the end. Where we at Fallen Kingdom still had the criticism that the characters only existed for the sake of the dino’s give a platform, that is now clearly improved. What helps with this is that there are actually two major storylines that eventually come together. It’s great to see Laura Dern (Ellie Sattler) and Sam Neill (Alan Grant) back in their old roles, and Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire) and Chris Pratt (Owen Grady) are also clearly feeling in their element. The alternation between the two stories does the film justice and makes the time fly by.
Of course you watch a movie like this also for the special effects and in this case the dino’s. Also here Jurassic World: Dominion high score. The dinosaursërs look tremendously convincing and the action cènes around them are particularly spectacular. Here and there you will also find the necessary nods to old parts of the series, which makes it even more of a pleasure to watch.
If there is one point of criticism, it is that the film sometimes tries a little too hard to link to reality. For example, the whole issue surrounding locusts is almost a one-to-one link to the much-discussed company Monsanto and their drug Roundup. Also, issues such as black trading e.d. fight furiously for attention. It feels a bit unnecessary, also because you naturally watch a movie like this as a form of entertainment without thinking about it too much.
Jurassic World: Dominion like it a lot better than its predecessor in that the director made the characters the most important thing in the movie. The pacing is fine and so are the special effects. As far as we’re concerned, this is the best film in the new trilogy.