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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

SYNOPSIS:
When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Review by Louise Keller:
Take a friend to hang onto - the dinosaurs are back! The resounding roar of stampeding dinosaurs on a backdrop of spewing lava is a formidable sight at the beginning of the second film in the new Jurassic World franchise that takes the story into a new direction. It's a high-tech thrill ride that is all at once a creature feature and adventure story punctuated by action, humour and romance.

Many things have changed since Steven Spielberg brought Michael Crichton's sci-fi tale to the screen for Jurassic Park in 1993 (Spielberg is credited as executive producer here), but the issues of playing God and corporate greed continue to form an integral part of the tale. On the wings of Michael Giacchino's relentless dramatic score, Spanish director J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) has crafted a terrific B movie, filled with tension, scares and surprises. The special effects are extraordinary and the editing snappy (excuse the pun). In short, the film looks fabulous. Oh those jaws are big, the teeth so sharp and the claws long and deadly. There's plenty to digest - and that is beyond those who become snacks for the dinosaurs.

Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire, the creature protector (no stilettos this time) and Chris Pratt as Owen, the laid-back dinosaur whisperer are back - chemistry intact. Their push-pull relationship is central to the mix; they spend most of their screen time in tight spots with aggressive, roaring dinosaurs. They make a great team as they perform many of the heroics. But we mustn't forget Blue, our favourite Velociraptor who bonded with Owen in the last film. We are reminded that she has unprecedented levels of compliance, empathy, cognitive bonding and intelligence. Psychologist alert: what more could you want in a dinosaur?

There is an interesting mix of characters and actors. Look out for young Isabella Sermon in her first screen role as Maisy; she has a great screen presence. But all the cast delivers with Daniella Pineda and Justice Smith providing humour as the dino-vet and techno nerd respectively, Jeff Goldblum in a cameo, James Cromwell as Maisy's ailing grandfather, Geraldine Chaplin, Toby Jones and more.

The watery opening sequence is a great tease and watch out for the scene in which Howard rides a dinosaur like a bull, while Pratt collects its blood. There are many memorable scenes. The final climactic confrontation in the dead of night under a full moon between Blue and the new gold breed Indoraptor on top of the mansion's glass rooftop is quite a spectacle. But that's what the film is: a fun spectacle.

See it on the giant screen with the best sound and let the rumble as the dinosaurs stomp, roar and swish their dinormous tails shake you to your core.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (M)
(US, Spain, 2018)

CAST: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Isabella Sermon, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, GD Wong, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Geraldine Chaplin

PRODUCER: Belen Atienza, Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall

DIRECTOR: J.A. Bayona

SCRIPT: Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly (Michael Crichton characters)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Oscar Faura

EDITOR: Bernat Vilaplana

MUSIC: Michael Giacchino

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Andy Nicholson

RUNNING TIME: 128 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 21, 2018







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