JURASSIC PARK DOMINION
Producers: Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Sam Neill, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Laura Den, Daniella Pineda, Dichen Lachman
Platform of Release: Theatrical
By Jyothi Venkatesh
A bunch of visitors (old cast members of Jurassic franchise meet the new) must expose, survive and escape a dinosaur facility called Biosyn sanctuary (an evil group of corporates involved in genetic mutation and research), in order to restore ecological balance and protect the food chain. The film is set in the neo-Jurassic Age where humans and dinosaurs must learn to live together.
Biosyn’s bizarre genetic mutations threaten to disrupt the coexistence and set out to unleash a lethal locust plague that can destroy the balance of nature. Biosyn is located in the middle of a snowy mountainous area but there is also a tropical forest surrounding it, inhabited with angry, scary, dinosaurs. Foreseeing this crisis, the big three of the dinosaur universe — Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), reunite to infiltrate the private valley hoping to avert the ecological disaster.
If you care to recall and remember, the story takes off with the last film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, where Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), now a dinosaur-boy, trains the ancient animals as if they were cows. Owen lives in a perfect home in the woods, with his love interest Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard).In the meanwhile, Jurassic’s new age duo — Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) also head to Biosyn in order to rescue their teenaged girl with a hidden past, Maisie (Isabella Sermon), who has been kidnapped for being a ‘valuable intellectual property’.
Not every sequel can match up to the original but even if you overlook the story, Colin Trevorrow does give you what you expect from the climax — nail biting survival action, fear and emotional bond. By the way, the same director Colin Trevorrow (script writer of the Jurassic World trilogy) had earlier directed our own Irrfan Khan in the first part of the film way back in 2015.
The crowded and chaotic survival saga comes alive only in the second half, which sets out to clone the original. The big three must escape the dinosaur island on a helicopter while babysitting a kid and Ellie and Alan must rekindle their erstwhile romance. Steven Spielberg set the bar too high way back in 1993; when he first introduced us to a fictional dinosaur island aka Jurassic Park and how a bunch of visitors must survive while on a tour, once things go awry. But the sequel does try to live up to the expectations, though in the multiple installments that followed over the years, the solo aim was to capitalize on the success of the original without at least bothering to rebuild the survival thriller franchise.
There are moments which take you back to Spielberg’s original thrilling adventure. And you will remember how the first Jurassic Park gave us a fabulous summer blockbuster experience quite unlike anything Hollywood had offered until that time. To sum up, I’d say that Jurassic World Dominion is full of coincidences, convenient solutions and illogical jumps in the script but yet it is worth watching, especially when you consider and take in your mind what the other options or choices are for you.
Thanks to Puneet Gupta of Inox for inviting me though the inept pro’s of Inox didn’t bother to invite me.