The Reel Review


This fifth sequel in the Jurassic Park franchise reunites Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), rushing to save the island’s dinosaurs when the volcano on their island of Isla Nublar roars to life. Director J.A. Bayona brings some nice epic mayhem in the first thirty minutes when the island is exploding into a lava-covered mess, reminiscent of his work in the 2012 tsunami disaster The Impossible but after that, this movie has all the appeal of a stinking pterodactyl turd.

Yes, the requisite visual effects and a pounding, trumpet-filled score are there, but the brainless story, with its kitchen sink of bad guys (the inclusion of Silence of the Lambs’  Ted Levine was a nice touch) and increasingly absurd plot twists about evil villains wanting to auction the dinosaurs to other evil villains, feels a lot less Jurassic Park and a lot more like a really stupid and expensive take on Sharknado, just with dinosaurs. And worst of all, it commits the cardinal sin of moviemaking – not only is it awful, but it is really, really boring. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a mess, compared to the much more entertaining predecessor, Jurassic World.


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  1. Alex June 30, 2018

    Huh - my ex and I were surprised by how much we enjoyed this - didn’t find it boring at all.