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  • Writer's pictureRob Ervin

Don Reviews "Jurassic World: Dominion"

If you are from Montana like me, it seems to be part of the deal that you have to be a fan of dinosaurs due to the number of fossils that have been found there. I personally have seen some of these digs, and something interesting to me here is that finding a complete skeleton in one location is very rare. Most of the time there is just a leg or skull because of the continental shifts over thousands and thousands of years. It goes without saying that the “Jurassic Park” films made this fascination even deeper, and now we have another in that series.

“Jurassic World Dominion” is by a guy who knows the series in Colin Trevorrow and mixes established characters played by Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum while adding DeWanda Wise, Campbell Scott, Isabella Sermon, and Mamoudou Athie. It is four years after everything that went down in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” with dinosaurs now living among the rest of the world and while some have fit in peacefully and naturally, others have become even more dangerous. At the center of it all is BioSyn, which now has the authority to study and control dinosaurs through its genetic research. While all of this is going on, Ellie Sattler (Dern) and Alan Grant (Neil) reunite to investigate why mutated locusts are eating up certain crops in the Midwest, and they believe BioSyn knows why while Owen (Pratt) and Claire (Howard) live in the woods to protect Maisie (Sermon) that end up with them looking into BioSyn and its CEO, Lewis Dodgson (Scott), as well.

The visuals, just like the past films, still looks great and the performances by the cast continue to be on the same level as well. I did like the idea of bringing the cast from the first trilogy back alongside the new one, which really fit nicely. The big thing that changes everything for the story over all is how the dinosaurs are no longer in a contained area, but it was not really executed as well as I was hoping it would be. It seemed a bit TOO accepted by people when things happen like gigantic carnivorous dinosaurs are running amok with most of the people acting like it was just an average day and that there was no danger at all.

This script is actually told using two different storylines that do overlap as the third act gets under way, but it still felt very scattered to the point where I was asking the point of some of the things that was going on. I was also confused in the logic of certain scenes where the humans had VERY high-powered weapons that were not used and could have easily helped them NOT perish against these monsters. This is a two-and-a-half-hour film that could easily have a third of it cut without sacrificing any quality of script or action, and if this is supposed to close the trilogy it did so with a thud and quick PS before the credits rolled.

The main point I want to make here is that “Jurassic Park: Dominion” tried bringing back “The Big Three” from the first trilogy to try to help this film, but in the end it was like when wrestling companies bring back past big draws to try to make a bad product better and it literally does nothing in the grand scheme of things. There is a slight chance I may watch this film again, but only if it is cable and I got nothing else going on.

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