By Lee Romero
More like a final whimper than roar
For starters, truth be told, these franchise flicks have gotten a little long in the tooth. They keep me coming back, but I think it’s simply because I’ve dedicated time and feel a sense of responsibility to keep myself invested and remain “relevant” among pop-culture flicks. And it always trickles down to the following question: where will they take this next? It’s become routine. Simply put, it doesn’t matter what blockbuster franchise piece it is, there’s some numbness to it. I just go through the motion, enjoy as much as I can, shrug it off, and detach until the next one. Whether STAR WARS, Marvel, etc… they all fall under the same kind of attitude – and the JURASSIC series isn’t any different.
Brace yourselves, folks… here we go again! DOMINION takes place four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar. We’re living in crazy times as dinosaurs now live alongside humans all over the world. This tricky balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are top-of-the-food-chain on a planet they now share with history’s most awesome creatures.
Eh… Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. For the most part, it’s more of the same. The draw in this one is the intertwining stories from the original and rehash versions of the series. Overall, it was great to hear and see the dinosaurs again, but I didn’t quite feel like it was something special.
At nearly a two-and-a-half-hour run, once the opening sequence hits, the script squeezes two movies in one. On one hand, you have a rescue mission, spearheaded by Howard and Pratt. On the other, digging up dirt on BioSyn Genetics, spearheaded by Dern and Neill. Then… the inevitable meshing happens, sprinkled with a new characters and Jeff Gloldblum. Once everyone’s running on the same path, the rest is what you would imagine. Honestly, I thought it was a bit overly ambitious, and while entertaining and fun in some parts, I didn’t really feel as engaged as I did with prior movies in series, especially the first! As a closer, I don’t know that this was a strong piece to end the series with. But that’s just me. I’m just one person. You’re the judge at the end of this ground-stomping journey.
And that’s that! In the end, it’ll make money. No doubt. Look, I appreciate the series and all the fun it generated through the years. I have the upmost respect for this seasoned franchise; however, I think it’s time to lay this prehistoric pleasantry to rest.
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action | Rated: PG-13 | Run Time: 2:26
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, DeWanda Wise, Isabella Sermon
Directed by Colin Trevorrow
Official Movie Website: https://www.jurassicworld.com/