Review: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' is phenomenal, for a while

Jun 7, 2018
jurassic world fallen kingdom movie review

It's strange how 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' feels like two separate films: one driven by an immense passion to produce a thrilling, pop-corn flick, and the other, a sequel too focused on its derivative desire for brand expansion. It opens with a terrifying prologue that could be listed as one of the most memorable moments of this franchise, up there with the T-rex chase in the first 'Jurassic Park' and concludes on a position that could potentially stand in mediocrity.

But it seems the film they really want to do is the latter rather than what its opening promised. J.A. Bayona carries over Colin Trevorrow's director stint for this sequel, which is quite exciting to begin with. His 'A Monster Calls' and 'The Impossible' was intriguing drama pieces. Transitioning to a blockbuster of this scale will be quite a challenge, but he managed to pull it off here, with unfortunately a weak screenplay to work on. 

jurassic world fallen kingdom movie review

Trevorrow reprises his writing stint here alongside Derek Connolly. While the first one concludes in a promising finish, this film completely disregard its large hopes. Isla Nublar, the remaining living dinosaurs' home, is nearing its finish when a volcano inside became active. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard's Owen Grady and Claire Dearing goes back to this island to save these creatures from becoming completely extinct, even with a militaristic force to get on their way yet again.   

jurassic world fallen kingdom movie review

The film still carries on the same themes and perspectives as its predecessor, and ended up just becoming a meer re-thread of a story too familiar. It's clear J.A. Bayona is a skilled filmmaker, just by how he tapped in some set pieces in the film with effective thrills. The entire story just felt unoriginal and somehow lazy to begin with. It is a phenomenal film, the less you think and care about it. 

jurassic world fallen kingdom movie review

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' could work if the film decides to work on themes that are actually progressive and not necessarily of its predecessors. There's a few saving graces though to witness here, specifically a few action sequences. I could talk about its horrendous plot again for more words, but we'll just be going in circles, like this franchise did. 

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' is now showing in cinemas nationwide from United International Pictures Philippines. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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