Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a straight forward sequel to Jurassic World. The heroes of the last film return to the Jurassic World Park to save the dinosaurs from being rendered extinct by an active volcano. Unfortunately for them, the financier of the project has plans to sell the dinos instead of setting them free on an island.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom didn’t fill me with the same sense of renewed awe that I felt when Jurassic World came out a few years ago. Unlike Jurassic World which felt like a fresh new story, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom felt like a rehash of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Both movies have the heroes returning to the island after the dinosaurs have been released and caused mayhem. Both movies end up having dinosaurs being transported back to the mainland in major population centers. Despite the similarities, this current version is fun, although it is much less bloody than Jurassic World. They toned this movie way down, which I am not saying is a bad thing. The last movie shocked me with the level of violence and blood, which you get with dinosaurs, but I thought it was marketed to kids. I can guarantee the last movie traumatized some kids. This movie is a lot kinder in that aspect, and there is very little blood or dismemberments. The thing I enjoyed most about this film is that it had a strong Raiders of the Lost Ark vibe, with Chris Pratt’s Owen, playing the role of Indy. The adventure portions of the film I found to be most exciting, but that didn’t take up as much of the movie as I thought it would. This movie doesn’t disappoint and kids will love it, but it didn’t knock my socks off.