Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard)
Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard)

It looks as though the "Jurassic Park" franchise will grow to be as large and unnecessary as the "Transformers" or "Fast and Furious" movies. While it's always fun to watch dinos run around causing chaos, if it continues for too long, there's no doubt it will get old after a while. We can already start to see that happening with "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."

The fifth installment in the series, this Jurassic film is both frustratingly pre- dictable and par- tially entertaining. After hearing news that a volcano on Isla Nublar is set to erupt, endangering the dinosaurs, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) decides to go back to the island to save them. She teams up with other dinosaur rights activists, along with Owen (Chris Pratt), who joins the team to get back to Blue, a raptor he befriended and trained since she was a newborn.

However, the entire operation is being controlled by Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), whose plans are much more sinister than they appear. Once the film introduces the main plot, the action jumps right in and leaves little to no time for character development. We know so little about the new characters in this story that if they were snatched up and eaten, it would have no effect.

While the action is entertaining, it lacks anything that might help us care about its outcome. "Fallen Kingdom" tries much so hard to be exciting, it makes it even less exciting. The two leads constantly get themselves into situations that force the audience to wonder how they'll get out. This happens every 20 minutes and gets annoyingly old after the third time. The constant peril takes over the entire film, leaving no room for anything else.


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Toward the end, the film gets much more tense and actually gives audiences something to care about. The action is more thrilling, though still not as entertaining as one would hope for a Jurassic movie. We can already see the creative ideas for the franchise slowly starting to fade, with this film being one of the least unique Jurassic experiences.

While it's key to keep the plot unique and original, it's also important to keep the sequels grounded within the franchise, reminding true "Jurassic Park" fans of the all-time classic. It's pretty unlikely that these films and the inevitable upcoming sequels will ever live up to the nostalgic sensation of the original, but "Fallen Kingdom" strays the farthest away from that feeling.

Worst Scene: The chase off the cliff

Better Scene: The dinosaur auction

Worst Character: The annoying guy who constantly screams

Rewatchability: 25%

Grade: D