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A new breed of GM giants: Review of Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom

The plot may be thin, but the CGI is impressive and the dinosaurs look more menacingly real than they ever have before.

movie reviews Updated: Jun 06, 2018 17:58 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Chris Pratt is back as the dinosaur-loving former theme park employee.
Chris Pratt is back as the dinosaur-loving former theme park employee.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
  • Direction: JA Bayona
  • Actors: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Rating: 3 / 5

Twenty-five years after they were brought to life in Steven Spielberg’s momentous Jurassic Park, the prehistoric predators run rampant again, in a fifth installment of the blockbuster dino franchise.

This time the threat of a volcanic eruption brings the two former theme-park employees (Chris Pratt-Bryce Dallas Howard, reprising their roles from the 2015 reboot) back to the nearly abandoned island where the ravenous colossi roam free.

Aided by fellow activists (Justice Smith-Daniella Pineda) from the loftily named Dinosaur Protection Group, the couple helps relocate the surviving species, including everybody’s favourite velociraptor, Blue, to a privately owned sanctuary in America.

Will avarice and misguided experiments wipe out humans and / or dinosaurs? The film asks some faux-deep questions.

Events spiral out of control when a new genetically-modified beastie is let loose, putting the indoor inhabitants in harm’s way. Turns out that avarice and misguided scientific experiments may yet lead to the extinction of the human race.

New-to-the-series director JA Bayona (The Orphanage) seamlessly melds animatronics and computer-generated effects to mount several suspenseful sequences, including a very effective extended encounter between an aggressive prototype reptile and a courageous little girl.

The thunderous background score by Michael Giacchino adds to the intensity. Expectedly, the actors play second fiddle to the multiple breeds of dinosaur — old and new — that look more menacingly real than they ever did before.

A two-hour roller-coaster trip, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is worth a ride.