‘JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM’ looks dino-mite

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Chris Pratt in JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Courtney Howard // Film Critic

Just like JURASSIC PARK: THE LOST WORLD did before it, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM seems very interested in showing us how dangerous dinosaurs will arrive on the mainland. The havoc they would reek would be catastrophic – duh.

Director J.A. Bayona’s sequel to Colin Trevorrow’s wildly successful reboot of the JURASSIC PARK franchise looks epic and, well, pretty….dino-mite. Take a look.

Here’s the official synopsis:

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

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. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Bryce Dallas Howard and Justice Smith in JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

I’m honestly curious what could ever possibly convince Owen and Claire to ever go back to the island that almost robbed them of their lives. Also: how Claire isn’t being held liable for the deaths of many employees and Isla Nublar vacationers. I kid. I kid. I bet they establish these things in a quick line or two and we move on speedily. Bayona is a smart guy. He’s got this. I’m on board and packing my bags for a return trip!

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM opens on June 22.

 

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Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard is a LAFCA, OFCS and AWFJ member, as well as a Rotten Tomatometer-approved film critic. Her work has been published on Variety, She Knows and Awards Circuit.