Jurassic World Dominion

Written by Amelie Jones (with subedits by Ana Jones)

It is difficult to span almost 30 years of Jurassic movies into a few hundred words – let alone a 147-minute movie. But we will try and catch you up!

We meet Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) four years after the events of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, the one with the destruction of Isla Nublar, the former home of the genetically engineered dinosaurs. They are living off-the-grid as a family with Blue (the Velociraptor) nearby as dinosaurs now roam free amongst humans.

In the next scene, we catch up with the characters of the original 1993 Jurassic Park (played by the same actors, Sam Neil (Dr Alan Grant) and Laura Dern (Dr Ellie Sattler)) who are brought together by the
the aftermath of a swarm of oversized locusts.

The last opening sequence brings back Jeff Goldblum, playing his highly eccentric character Ian Malcolm, now working for BioSyn. Also back, and still working for BioSyn are Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott) and Henry Wu (BD Wong). BioSyn has now set up a biological reserve where captured dinosaurs can be protected from human civilization. This reserve has many technological and scientific attachments that make it such a high-end and powerful setting for the film.

The story doubles back as all three storylines start to converge, at the same time closing some loose ends that were previously forgotten. For example, the 1993 Barbasol shaving cream ‘cyro-can’ that contained the fifteen species of dinosaur embryos Dennis Nedry had stolen from InGen. Hinting at a possible explanation for everything that is now unfolding.

The scientifically accurate dinosaurs were a real strength for the movie and were well appreciated across the fandom, as the original raptors were found to be nowhere near accurate. The screen time was evenly split between the new and old characters, bringing together both fan groups.

Although, the film could have focussed more on the dinosaurs, rather than the oversized bugs (aka locusts), as well as focussing on Maisie’s origin story. And the main villain of the movie appears rather weak and uninvolved.

The film has some underlying themes that would not normally be found in your typical dinosaur movie. For example the meaning of family in the 21st century and self-discovery. Further topics explored in the movie involve corruption and the money hunger, displayed through Lewis’ manipulation of his co-workers and the power that he has. These seemingly dark and mature themes are all explored perfectly for their M rating.

Director Colin Trevorrow brings together all the characters from five movies together in a skilfully shot film that highlights emotions and danger, while incorporating science to create a wonderful close to the
adventure sci-fi film series.

Images: Universal Pictures

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