Jurassic World Dominion

2022, Action/Adventure, 2h 27m

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Jurassic World Dominion might be a bit of an improvement over its immediate predecessors in some respects, but this franchise has lumbered a long way down from its classic start. Read critic reviews

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It's probably time to let this franchise rest, but between some entertaining action and the fun of seeing members of the original cast reunited, Jurassic World Dominion is a decent enough sequel. Read audience reviews

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This summer, experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are joined by Oscar®-winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill in Jurassic World Dominion, a bold, timely and breathtaking new adventure that spans the globe. From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live--and hunt--alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history's most fearsome creatures.

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Chris Pratt
Owen Grady
Laura Dern
Ellie Sattler
Jeff Goldblum
Ian Malcolm
Sam Neill
Alan Grant
DeWanda Wise
Kayla Watts
BD Wong
Dr. Henry Wu
Omar Sy
Barry Sembène
Isabella Sermon
Maisie Lockwood, Young Charlotte Lockwood
Campbell Scott
Lewis Dodgson
Dichen Lachman
Soyona Santos
Scott Haze
Rainn Delacourt
Daniella Pineda
Dr. Zia Rodriguez
Colin Trevorrow
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Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Alexandra Derbyshire
Executive Producer
Colin Trevorrow
Executive Producer
John Schwartzman
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Mark Sanger
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Michael Giacchino
Original Music
Kevin Jenkins
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Ben Collins
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Carol Lavallee
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  • Jul 07, 2022
    Jurassic World: Dominion has received, by far, the worst reviews and reception of the six-film franchise that has taught us the valuable life lesson that dinosaurs will eat people. Director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) is back though he remained a screenwriter for the entire World trilogy along with Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed). It's also bringing the band back together by including Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum as their beloved original trilogy characters (there's also B.D. Wong, again, if that does anything for ya). I've delayed seeing the movie because of my own sense of caution and resignation. Is it as bad as feared? It's years after dinosaurs have become reintegrated into the human world. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) are living out West together with the clone girl from 2018's Fallen Kingdom. He's lassoing wild dinos and she's breaking them out of illegal testing sites. The BioSyn CEO (modeled after Apple's Tim Cook, here played by Campbell Scott) has big plans for… world domination? It's actually unclear besides general profit. The evil businessman hires kidnappers to abscond with the little clone girl, the baby dinosaur to Blue, America's favorite family-friendly raptor, and for good measure, he's also unleashing swarms of killer locusts. Owen and Claire are hopping the world to find their missing family (Owen promises the raptor he will return her baby) and uncover yet another evil scheme from an evil rich person. There is a lot going on with Jurassic World: Dominion and yet so little is happening, at least from an intellectual standpoint. This feels like three different movies inartly slammed together and it is overstuffed with subplots all competing for screen time, so every few minutes feels like a possible off-ramp for another episode of what the opening concept portends. The concept of a world where humans are forced to co-exist with dinosaurs is a genuinely exciting starting point, and it's a Jurassic movie I would want to see, and I do… for a montage to open and close the movie. It's a shame that the most interesting part of this movie, the global acclimation of creatures of an older millennium rejoining our ecosystem, is kept as literal background. I suppose by the end nature just took care of itself. Instead, the majority of the movie is split between two less engaging stories: giant locusts and a rich guy's private dino enclosure. Yes, dear reader, you read that correctly. After five movies of dinosaurs in parks, where we begin with dinosaurs in the real world, it's back to spending time in another glorified dino park, and would you believe that something goes wrong at this park too? Why even bother setting up an exciting premise if it's abandoned so completely? The movie we do get is a lesson in diminished returns and accepting disappointment. This feels more like a giant locust movie for half, about a villainous corporation weaponizing genetically modified plagues to kill their competitors' stock. It's certainly something that seems plausible for a massive corporation, but what is this doing in my Jurassic World movie? Why did we need another blankly evil CEO, this time the guy who appeared in one scene in Jurassic Park, as if that mattered? Why do we need more extraneous characters taking away oxygen from the legacy characters returning especially when they seem too similar to the already established characters? Why should I care about three dinosaurs fighting at the end like I'm personally invested in any of these creatures? My sadness manifested watching this franchise descend into even more farcical dumb blockbuster nonsense. The best part of this movie might actually be its most ridiculous. There's a mid-movie set piece where our heroes infiltrate an underground dinosaur fighting ring in Malta. That's cool, and we're introduced into new secondary villains we can enjoy get their just desserts once the dinosaurs inevitably get set loose. The lead trafficking lady says the raptors have been trained to kill anything that she shines a laser pointer on, which was also introduced in the last film. She targets Claire and then it becomes a foot chase between Claire and a determined raptor. It's a silly excuse for a chase but it has an extra sense of urgency. It's also completely ridiculous and ridiculously fun. Claire transforms immediately into Jason Bourne and is leaping from rooftop to rooftop and crashing through windows. Owen is riding a motorcycle through the narrow streets while being chased himself. It's all action movie pablum and it works for what it is in the moment. Treverrow's action set pieces have some moments that pop, especially Claire cautiously slipping into a pond to escape a supposedly blind dinosaur. There are even dinosaurs with feathers now. Alas, the movie can only work as dumb fun for so long before it just becomes infinitely more of the latter. There are so many moments on repeat here that Dominion feels like it's stitched together like another genetically modified dinosaur clumsily patched with parts of the franchise's past. Oh, and you better believe we're going three movies in a row with a new genetically-modified super monster to better sell toys (at least this one isn't stated as being part raptor). The appeal of this movie, besides the concept abandoned above that I mentioned, is the old characters coming back together, even though Goldblum and Neill each headlined a Jurassic sequel. This action is also a tacit condemnation of the investment in the new trilogy's main characters. I doubt anyone is going to say, "Wait, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing are back for another movie? Count me in." I bet most people didn't even remember either of their names. But if we're bringing back important characters of franchise past, let's give them something important to do. They get into danger and scrapes but it's also always with a wink and a nod that is grating. Goldblum gets to wave his arms around to distract like he did in Jurassic Park. Dern gets to cuddle a triceratops like she did in Jurassic Park. Even Neill features in a dangerous teetering automobile like he did in Jurassic Park. The contrivances to get them all in the movie were already there, but then you give them little to do other than go through the motions of their past (I will always demand more Goldblum time). There are certain dinosaurs reappearing to hit that nostalgia button. It's the poison-spewing dinos, the ones that blinded and killed Nedry (Wayne Knight), and they're back, except they can also have their mouth grabbed shut in the most unintentionally hilarious moment. Why even bring back an evil CEO barely mentioned in 1993? Do we need that strained connection for a role recast because the original actor is in jail for assaulting a minor? It's an excellent example of losing track of the appeal of nostalgia by metric volume. As far as I'm concerned, that little clone girl, a.k.a. Maisie (Isabella Sermon), is responsible for all the pain and suffering in the world because of deadly dinosaurs. At the end of Fallen Kingdom, this little kid single-handedly rescues the dinosaurs from extinction because, as she said, "They're alive, like me." I guess her reasoning is they weren't supposed to exist, but they do, so we should value life. The problem with that occurs when that creature also happens to be a predator. I would have loved Dominion to explain why Maisie is living in an isolated cabin is because she's the world's most wanted person, as mobs of victims blame her for their loved ones dying at the hands, feet, and claws of dinosaur mayhem. The world is in chaos because of this little kid's rash decision. This cloned girl storyline was the worst part of Fallen Kingdom and now she gets to be the worst part of Dominion as well. Her entire presence is once again as a plot device. I guess she served a purpose as her realization over her identity lead to her decision to save the poor dinosaurs, but here she's a literal savior cure with legs. Apparently, the reason why the big bad corporation kidnaps her, along with baby Blue, is because her DNA is the key to eradicating genetic disorders. Fortunately, you only need some blood or saliva for a DNA sample and kidnapping seems like overkill. You could have just asked her nicely for a sample, fellas. Why would this gesture work on other dinosaurs? However, the dumbest aspect of this requires some sticky spoilers discussion, so you have been warned. Maisie was the grandchild of Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), a retcon character to elbow in another rich co-founder of Jurassic Park that we just never heard about until the fifth movie. Except she was really his daughter but as a clone. Well now we get even more retconning because Maisie's mom, herself, gave birth to her… self. The adult Maisie impregnated herself with her own clone (because this was the easiest way to have a child?) but she's also genetically modified her DNA to exclude a terminal disorder killing the adult Maisie. If adult Maisie wanted to save others from having her genetic disorder, why not publicize this valuable information? Why not tell her colleagues? Why leave her clone as the lone evidence? This new info makes me kind of hate the adult Maisie. She brought her clone into the world and made her a target. This seems cruel and unnecessary. It also doesn't make sense for a person supposedly valuing life or the larger scientific community or even her own child. I'll say it: she's a bad mom. The wild swings and retcons reminded me of what happened with the newer Star Wars trilogy. In 2015, both The Force Awakens and Jurassic World are released to massive success and kickoff reboots of their respective franchises. Both of the movies purposely leaned onto nostalgia for their originals, even repeating similar plot beats and reminders to trigger positive association. Then both directors, J.J. Abrams and Treverrow, left the franchise and the second movies, 2017's The Last Jedi and Fallen Kingdom, took big swings, tried to be something different from the mold, and were met with divisive responses from the larger fanbase. I appreciate both of these movies attempting to do something different with something so entrenched in formula. Then for the concluding movie, both franchises had the original director return to essentially retcon the retcons, to bring the movies back to what was familiar and ultimately dull. It's even more interesting when you take into account that Treverrow left the Jurassic series to spend a year of his life developing Episode 9 before being fired and hastily replaced with Abrams. I remember the meta-commentary in Jurassic World about modern audiences becoming jaded and complacent to scientific wonders mirroring movie audiences becoming blasé to what used to marvel us in the realm of special effects extravaganzas. As it leaned into its considerable nostalgia, it was doing so in a thinly veiled satirical criticism of, "Is this what you want?" Now all the meta-commentary and irony have been stripped clean and it's simply a big, dumb, lumbering beast awaiting its own creative extinction as it meets an end. The franchise is still a colossal moneymaker and Dominion has a chance of topping one billion in box-office, so there will be more adventures cannibalizing the past for inevitably diminished returns, and then we'll get the special reappearances of, like, Jake Johnson's character or Guy at Computer #4 to the celebration of few if any. None of the Jurassic movies have ever come close to capturing that certain magic from the first movie but they have all been, in some way, serviceably entertaining even at their worst. Dominion is the worst of the franchise and feels devoid of passion and awe and curiosity. To paraphrase a clever man, the studio execs were too busy thinking about whether they could and less busy worrying about whether they should. I guess you could shut off your brain and possibly enjoy it but that's admitting defeat. Jurassic World: Dominion makes dinosaurs dull and that's a disservice of imagination. Nate's Grade: D+
    Nate Z Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2022
    Not the strongest of the Jurassic sequels, in fact arguably one of the poorest next to Lost World. However, if you're like me and just can't get enough of humans being chased by dinosaurs, you'll still have a lot of fun with Dominion. The big attraction of dinosaurs on the mainland is fun, but unfortunately it's not as well utilized as it really could be. Instead what we get is a rather odd story involving giant locusts and cropping. We still get lots of dino action though, just not the mainland dino action quite like we were promised. But when the dinosaur action goes down, it's just as glorious as ever. What is up to expectation is the presence of our original film trio of Ellie, Alan, and Ian with returning cast members who have not lost a single step in the years between. They feel exactly like these characters before. Not just like these characters before, but like these characters but now aged, older, sometimes wiser, and maybe a little more jaded by their experiences from the earlier films. They naturally fit into the movie and sync up well with the new cast. It never feels like a gimmick because of course these people would know each other, they work in the same fields. Jurassic World Dominion is far from a perfect movie, but it is a great deal of fun. I wish we had more playfulness with the dinosaurs on the mainland and less of the locust plot, but the dinosaur stuff we get is still a great joy to behold, and the returning cast members alone are worth the price of admission.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2022
    While I, like the majority of film lovers, absolutely love the original Jurassic Park, I've basically felt like I've given the majority of the franchise pass, rather than genuinely believing they're great films. The only other film I genuinely think is a solid entry is the first Jurassic World (which in itself isn't original at all). I've felt that the sense of awe and wonder has been missing since the original film and with the release of the "final" installment with Jurassic World Dominion, I was eager to see how they would put a bow on the franchise at least. Sadly, I have to be honest and say this is probably my least favourite of the entire franchise. Let's dive into why I think fans should still see this movie, but with incredibly lowered expectations.  Picking up about four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, dinosaurs are now free in our world and living amongst humans and other species. From here, there are multiple storylines that pick up that are not explored in the marketing for this film, so I'll keep it brief. Maisie Lockwood, the young girl from the previous film has been living with Owen and Claire in protective custody, but she is kidnapped and a rescue mission for her begins. Not only that, but the offspring of Owen's companion Blue is also with her. We then meet the original cast, who are on their own mission. Eventually, these two missions collide, but overall, I think this entire film was a missed opportunity.  I felt as though this film spent next to zero time explaining what happened in between the events of the previous film and this final installment. This isn't even me getting my hopes up, because we've already seen dinosaurs on land before, so I truly believe a portion of this film should've been dedicated to people trying to survive or figuring out how to. With that said, there are still many unique ideas presented here that I thought were clever story developments, but I also found that the film failed to deliver on them, especially since they didn't work for a Jurassic Park film. That's also one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to massive franchises. When you present cool ideas, but they don't actually work in the context of the franchise, that just feels wildly disappointing.  On a more positive note, I'm a fan of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum, so seeing them, all come together here was a lot of fun and some of their banter got some genuine laughs out of me. With that said, I actually believe newcomer DeWanda Wise as Kayla was the biggest standout here. Her witty dialogue and back and forth with Pratt throughout a lot of the film was terrific and I will gladly watch her performances in the future. It's always nice to have a new character added to a franchise that surprises you. If for nothing else, this was a great cast of characters to see together.  Now for the dinosaurs, which were severely lacking in this film. This franchise, even in its weaker installments, has never had a shortage of Dinosaur action. Yes, this film has plenty of action involving Dinosaurs, some of which are genuinely fun, but I have to admit that the core story of this film really came out of left field for me, and not in a good way. I'm not about to dive into the details, because these details aren't even explored in the marketing, but I'll say that the main storyline focuses very little on Dinosaurs. For the end of a Dinosaur franchise, this rubbed me the wrong way. I couldn't comprehend why this story element was even being explored. It was basically what made me dislike this film overall, even though I enjoyed moments of it. In the end, Jurassic World Dominion isn't going to gain any new fans for the franchise, but at least the entire cast is here, having a good time, and it shows. I was excited to see Colin Trevorrow returning to direct, after working on the first Jurassic World, but even his touch didn't work here. The score didn't stand out to me either and the climax was very forgettable, especially being the "finale" of a franchise. I wish I had more positive things to say about a franchise that I have enjoyed until this point, but I honestly don't. Jurrasic Park fans will absolutely get a kick out of certain scenes so I recommend that fans still see it, but as a movie on its own, it's just not good.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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