Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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This week, I’m proud to introduce you to my wife, Amy, who has written a review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. She loves the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World series, and here are her thoughts on the newest installment, Fallen Kingdom.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review

Though the critics aren’t raving about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I loved it. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film. In all fairness, I must admit I’m a huge fan of the Jurassic Park movies in general. Plus, I think Chris Pratt, one of the leading actors, is the most amazing actor that ever lived.

(Seriously! Have you seen him in Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), Passengers, or Parks and Recreation??? He’s awesome.)

As an avid reader from a young age, I devoured Michael Crichton books. His release of the Jurassic Park novel in 1990 was no exception. I was (and still am) enthralled by the idea of dinosaurs walking the earth alongside humankind. I enjoyed the original trilogy of Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III. And I am excited that a new generation of fans can experience the continued story through the Jurassic World movies.

But for the “average” movie-goer, is this a film worth seeing?

The Fallen Kingdom

With the lives of the dinosaurs threatened by a soon-to-explode active volcano on Isla Nublar, animal rights activists and political leaders are in heated debate. Claire Dearing, former park operations manager of Jurassic World, is in the thick of it.

As the leader of an activist group, and former park operatoins manager to Jurassic World, she advocates for the protection of the dinos she once cared for.

Cast

When the U.S.  government refuses to save the dinos, Eli Mills contacts his old friend Caire, played by Bryce Dallas Howard. As an assistant to Benjamin Lockwood, the former partner of John Hammond, Eli asks for her help to rescue the dinos.

 From there, Claire recruits Owen Grady, played by the one-and-only Chris Pratt. As the old velociraptor trainer from Jurassic World, he reluctantly agrees. The two are joined by Zia Rodriguez, a paleoveterinarian played by Daniella Pineda (who I had no idea was on one of my favorite TV shows The Originals) and IT technician Franklin Webb, played by Justice Smith. The four of them work to retrieve the dinosaurs from the island and save them from extinction (again).

Though Eli Mills, played by Rafe Spall, has ulterior motives. Eli plans to weaponize the dinosaurs after their capture. Capitalizing on the potential, he’ll auction them off to the highest bidder and make a fortune for himself in the process.

Traveling to the Isla Nublar with a rescue operation team, we see the dinosaurs are already in grave danger. The once-dormant volcano now spews volcanic gas, rocks, and lava onto the island. The team finds trouble quickly as Claire and Owen, along with Zia and Franklin, are separated.

From there, it’s non-stop, edge-of-your-seat action.

Plot

Each finding themselves in a fight for their lives, the volcano exudes lava and forces a dino-stampede. The group barely makes it off the island unscathed before it’s consumed with lava.

As they uncover Eli’s villainous plot, Claire, Owen, Zia and Franklin find themselves back at the home of Benjamin Lockwood, along with all of the “rescued” dinosaurs.

At the Lockwood Estate, Zia works to save the life of Blue, Owen’s beloved velociraptor, while Claire and Owen race to stop the sale of a new mutant dinosaur, the Indoraptor. Originally intended as a prototype, the Indoraptor is instead auctioned off as an ultimate weapon of war.

If you’ve ever seen any Jurassic Park or Jurassic World movie, you know this is the point where things go terribly awry. As the dinosaurs escape, both the good-guys and the bad-guys run, fight, and hide in a thrilling attempt to avoid being hunted by these massive predators.

The Verdict

Though Mr. Nose agrees with the critics that this isn’t a great film, I absolutely loved it. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is an excellent continuation of the previous films and I’m glad I was able to see it in the theater.

As a PG-13 movie, there is plenty of violence and blood in this film. My 12 year old daughter has seen a few PG-13 movies, mainly those in the Avenger series like Infinity War and Spiderman, but I don’t think she’d enjoy this one. There is more violence and too many “startling” moments for her to truly enjoy this film.

Aside from the younger audience, I absolutely recommend this movie to everyone! It’s a gripping rendition of the magnificent Jurassic World that we all know and love. If you don’t get a chance to see it in theaters (which you should!), you absolutely must preorder it. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a must-see!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy Beardsley is a Freelance Writer and Professional Ghostwriter whose work has appeared in dozens of financial planning and real estate blogs and magazines. In addition to writing articles, Amy has ghostwritten content for hundreds of social media profiles. With a background in the legal field, she transforms complex ideas and information into engaging easy-to-understand stories. Find Amy on FacebookTwitter @emorningmoney or on her website, www.EarlyMorningMoney.com.

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