Dinosaurs, cloning, and now a plague? Jurassic World: Dominion finally hit theaters and being the final installment of the saga, it gave fans the chance to see some old familiar faces.
The movie is set 4 years after the last events of the previous movie. Chris Pratt returns as Owen Grady, an animal behaviorist who was once employed by Jurassic World as a Velociraptor trainer. His co-star, Bryce Dallas Howard reprise her role as Claire Dearing, the former leader of the Dinosaur Protection Group of Jurassic World. Both of them become the adoptive parents of Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), who from the previous movie, we found out, is the supposed granddaughter of Sir Benjamin Lockwood and who was created with genetic manipulation.
The plot centers on too many things at once, making the dinosaurs not the main topic. The dinosaurs that once lived in the now-destroyed Isla Nublar, coexist with humans to a point that they are no longer as scary as they once were back in the 90s, in the Jurassic Park trilogy. The newest enemy is a plague. Yes, a plague, in the form of locusts, which are similar to grasshoppers. The creatures that were once considered a biblical plague have a huge part in the plot of the movie, and thanks to that, fans of the old movie franchise will get the chance to see some old familiar faces.
Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Alan Grant (Sam Neill), and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), the characters loved by fans of the original movies, reunite to investigate more about these not-so-ordinary locusts.
As mentioned before, the movie goes through different plot lines, including the how and the why Maisie Lockwood was created, but at the end, it all makes sense, and the movie delivers a jam-packed action/adventure movie with some comedy and romance that makes it worth watching. The viewers will also get to see some dinosaurs fighting and chasing all of the characters mentioned before, and who doesn’t love a classic scene with a T-Rex running around showing its sharp teeth?
Jurassic World Dominion was directed by Colin Trevorrow, who was a producer of the previous movie and the director of Jurassic World (2015). He is also known for having directed the award-winning film The Book of Henry. Throughout time these movies have also shown us great scenery and this time you get to see beautiful places from around the world, including some from the United Kingdom, British Colombia, and Malta.
When it comes to the dinosaurs, they sure have evolved in the way they look compared to the first movies, all thanks to CGI. Using CGI to make anything more believable can be tricky, and even though some fans prefer the way the dinosaurs looked in the earlier movies, the film is able to present very believable and scary-looking dinosaurs.
A dinosaur that has been present since the very beginning of the second trilogy is Blue, the female Velociraptor who has a close bond with Owen Grady. Blue returns in this last installment with a teeny tiny surprise, a baby Velociraptor. Before the movie was released, the trailer confused many people by showing Blue running with a baby.
InGen, the genetics company from the movies and books made it clear that Blue could not reproduce. Having said that, this mystery is explained in the film, which makes it another reason to go watch it because who doesn’t want to know where the adorable deadly dinosaur baby came from?
Jurassic World: Dominion had a reported $185 million budget, and even though it had its difficulties during production due to the pandemic it has made so far over $600 million worldwide, with the possibility of earning even more in the next weeks.
From the beginning till the end, this movie will make you stay in your seat wanting to know what’s going to happen next, and even though the storyline might be complex, watching some cool dinosaurs and wanting to know what happens next with the much-loved characters is an experience worth having. And when the movie does end, it may seem like there is no cliffhanger but…Is it truly the end of The Jurassic Universe?
Jurassic World: Dominion is available in theaters.