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I couldn’t wait to see Jurassic World. For me it delivered. I love it. I was delighted to see Jurassic Park not just back on the big screen but kicking arse at the box office. Soon after the release of Jurassic World its sequel was announced and here we are three years later with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Directed this time by J.A. Bayona, taking over from Colin Trevorrow, the later, along with Derek Connolly, provided the script this time out. The film stars returning Jurassic World actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as Owen and Claire and sees the return of fan fave Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm. I was looking forward to this movie and I am happy to say that I appreciated what it does for the series because Fallen Kingdom is not your typical trip to the park.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a film about the right to life. When the dinosaurs of Jurassic World are faced with extinction it falls on the shoulders of Claire, Owen and several other characters to step up and mount a extraction mission to save the lives of the animals. Now here is what surprised me. For a Jurassic Park movie there is quite a bit more to the plot then what I just stated above. All I will say in regards to the direction the plot goes is that it was both expected – the trailers lay it out – and unexpected. The unexpected stuff is good. Those plot beats expand a world we thought we knew and by the end of the film it has moved the series along in a bold new direction. Several in fact. As the fifth film in the series that seems like a no brainer but I disagree because this formula just seems to work again and again and now looking towards the future the franchise will look and feel quite different.

J.A. Bayona is an excellent addition to the legacy of directors who have worked on this series. He is best known for his horror hit The Orphanage and The Impossible. The later I thought was a fantastic if harrowing movie. Yet it’s his horror background that shines brightest in Fallen Kingdom. The ways in which he frames attack’s, the build up, suspense and pay off all seem like they could have come out of a much more horror centric movie. The opening is terrific. It is on par with the impact of the original Jurassic Park’s opening. It’s so good. If the original film is a tech science fiction thriller then this is defo the horror movie of the franchise. Bayona’s films have a reputation for being quite emotional and that is the case here. There are some quite sad scenes in the film. One in which, obviously I won’t say what happens but once you see it it’s obvious and unforgettable, seemed just flat out cruel and unwarranted. When I saw it I was like “Okay I get it. You don’t need to stab me in the heart and twist the knife!”

Leading the film is Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire. She drives the plot and it is great seeing how she has changed since the last time we saw her. She gets stuck into the action in a good way and really plays a big role in moving the narrative along. Chris Pratt is fine as Owen. He’s the guy you want watching your back when things go south. As awesome as it is having Ian Malcolm back his presence in the film, while important, is very breif. It would have been cool to see more of him. Series newcomers Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda get to play more of an active role in the plot than the last movie’s supporting cast which was great to see. Rafe Spall, BD Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Isabella Sermon and James Cromwell round out a strong cast across the board with their supporting roles. I know we all love the dinosaurs but I just felt more work went into the characters this time out and I appreciated that.

Special effects are a mix of practical and CGI. Both put to excellent use. They must have been because I couldn’t tell the difference! The score was good and complimented what was kicking off on screen. I liked how this movie doesn’t rely so much on the classic music we associate with the series. Now. I gotta get this off my chest. The marketing for this film – the trailers – need sorting out. Having now seen it I was shocked how much the trailers gave away. Several cool shots, some of which are literally just that, a single shot. In the trailer it looks impactful and vital and it is in the movie but there’s no way they should have shown that stuff in the trailers. Being vague on purpose but someone needs to rethink how they do those teasers/trailers.

By the end of the movie, despite it having a beginning, middle and end, there are enough dangling plot threads to fuel several more sequels never mind a third chapter in the Jurassic World arc. If the idea is to do just one more movie to round out a trilogy I think as it is at the end of this movie it could lead to a bloated final chapter.

I am aware I haven’t said if I liked this film or not. Put it this way when I came out of Jurassic World I knew I’d had a great time. I loved it. With Fallen Kingdom I appreciate what it does for the franchise and for some of the bold choices it makes in regards to the way the plot develops throughout the film. The dinosaurs are awesome, the action is good and the characters, like I said, clicked more than in the previous film. Overall this is a solid entry to the series and one which when looked back on will no doubt stand out over other sequels in the series due to it’s tone and the overall impact it has on the saga.





Fallen Kingdom is almost upon us. This latest look at the sequel to the box office smash Jurassic World will hit screens this summer and puts to rest fears it will be a rehash of the last movie. Fallen Kingdom will tackle animal rights and genetic engineering all mixed up in the black market in what looks like a pretty wild and darker ride.

As a MASSIVE Jurassic Park nut I think this looks bloody brilliant. My only worry is that I’m going to be in floods of tears once the credits start to roll. I love don’t want to see my fave dinosaurs being wiped out. Kill the humans! Save the dino’s!

Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, B.D. Wong, Jeff Goldblum and will be in theatres June 6.


In 1996 I got word that there was a sequel on the way to my fave movie ever. That would be Jurassic Park. The sequel, The Lost World, was a book! Not a movie! I bought it there and then in the store and I read it. Was it as good as Jurassic Park? No it wasn’t but I ask you what is? The Lost World was a decent follow up. Years later I learned the author Michael Crichton hadn’t planned on writing a new book in the series and did so due to the massive worldwide success of the original. Oh and The Lost World was being made into a movie by Steven Spielberg and come the summer of 1997 it was unleashed upon the world.

Much like the book it’s based on, The Lost World ain’t as strong as Jurassic Park. When it came out the reaction from critics and audiences was mixed. Not a flop by any means. Not at all. Simply not as good. Well it turns out time has been kind to The Lost World. The sequel has aged well and manages to hold up as a darker entry into the Jurassic Park series which flipped the stakes this time out with the rights of the dinosaurs, as in their right to live, at the forefront of the film. The film showed a bad side to humanity. Save for our heroes,one of whom is Jurassic Park returnee Dr Ian Malcolm (the legend that is Jeff Coldblum), the human characters in The Lost World are horrid. Either out to capture the dinosaurs for profit or HUNT THEM for sport!? Needless to say many human folk die well earned deaths!

The plot is okay. Not amazing. Basically it turned out there was ANOTHER island which InGen (the company owned by John Hammond, the creator of Jurassic Park) was using to breed the dinosaurs on. This ‘lost world’ is on the verge of being discovered. Fellow Jurassic Park survivour Hammond (Richard Attenborough), whose control over InGen is slipping, ropes Malcolm into going to the secret island in other to gather evidence that shows the animals are thriving. Hammond wants the animals to be left alone and be protected. Malcolm’s initial reaction is great. It’s quite clever actually why he does agree to go back. Once on the island our heroes not only have to stay alive in the wild and not end up as lunch but must outwit InGen’s forces who have invaded and begun to round up the dinosaurs.

The best bits of The Lost World are it’s set pieces. One sequence, which is amongst the best in the series, is the Velociraptor attack in the tall grass. The way it’s staged and filmed is chilling. It’s like somthing out of Jaws and Spielberg just kills it. There are three (!) T. rex’s this time. One baby and two adults and the adults don’t mess around. One of which really gets to stretch it’s legs in the films last act. On that final act, the trailers in the lead up to the film’s release kept it hidden so when it happens in the movie it was a great surprise. Sure the scenes in question go a bit far on the humour but when it works it really works. There’s brand new dinosaurs too and a totally helathy Triceratops this time who is not afraid to charge into stuff!

Jeff Goldblum is excellent. He never phones in a performence, he always delivers and as Ian Malcolm he is always a highlight in this series. Sadly Richard Attenborough, as well as Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello (who played Lex and Tim in Jurassic Park), only appear in cameos. It would have been great to see more of the original characters and cast come back for The Lost World. Newcomers to the sequel – Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn and Pete Postlethwaite are brilliant actors in their own right and their work is strong here. Moore’s Dr. Sarah Harding probably gets stuck into the action the most out of everyone and she’s great. Meanwhile Pete Postlethwaite is able to layer his character, a hunter (boo!), so much that despite being someone with questionable morals you kind of like him despite yourself. No easy task for an actor that and that’s why you hire Postlethwaite.

In the summer of 1997 when I saw this film I knew it was no Jurassic Park. Still as time passed I’d go back and watch it again and again. It must have been hard to come up with a sequel to a film as big as the original. Despite it’s flaws The Lost World is a worthy addition to the Jurassic Park series. It’s a film that tried to be different yet arguably spent too much effort making callbacks to what audeinces had seen before and not enough on original ideas. I like it but ( and I’ve caught some stick for this!) I think Jurassic Park III is better!


Jurassic Park. My love for that movie is well know. As a franchise it’s one of my all time favourites. I enjoy all of the Jurassic Park movies. Some more than others but as a whole I adore this series.

I knew this sequel was supposed to be darker than Jurassic World but bloody hell! After finishing this trailer I was thinking “Erm, I don’t think I want to see this. Dino’s in danger? No thanks. Humans. Fine but not the animals.”

Picking up after the events of Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom sees Jurassic World’s Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) launching a rescue mission. The island is doomed and someone needs to step up and save the dinosaurs. Even the man eating ones. If one thing is clear it won’t be easy and there will probably be more than a few accidental lunches. Plot wise I must say this was not what I was expecting. For some reason I thought the island would be the least likely place to set the film. Theme wise I can see the sense though. All living things have rights and this movie looks to examine that idea more so than any entry in the series to date.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by When A Monster Calls and The Impossible director J.A. Bayona. Hopefully the films manages to be a whole lot of fun and not a total downer that will have us all sobbing our hearts out when the credits roll! We’ll find out next summer.



The one and only Jeff (greatness) Goldbulm has signed on to appear in the sequel to Jurassic World which is set to resume filming any day now. No word yet on if his iconic character Ian Malcolm will cameo or have a big role to play, but from what I gather they’re just over halfway through shooting. If I was a betting man I would say Malcolm will have more of an advisory role as opposed to out running dinos like in Jurassic Park and The Lost World.

I LOVE me some Dr. Ian Malcolm. He’s without a doubt one of the series best characters but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed to see Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) sitting out on the action yet again. I think Ellie needs to come back just because Laura Dern is amazing.

The Jurassic World sequel sees both Chris Pine and Bryce Dallas Howard return to star, with a script from Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow and directed by J. A. Bayona. The film hits screens next summer.