A Lackluster Jurassic World

Aiden Sau and Mustang Staff

Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World Dominion is visually stunning and filled with well-crafted action scenes involving car chases and plane crashes, but it suffers from a somewhat predictable storyline. Terrifying Therizinosauruses and Pyroraptors wreak havoc throughout the film’s length of two and a half hours. At times the film overwhelms viewers with too many action scenes. JWD sets a very different tone from the previous Jurassic World movies set primarily on the remote Isla Nublar. In this film, the dinosaurs roam the Earth’s seven continents coexisting with humans.

Head of the Dinosaur Protection Group, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Navy veteran Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) have informally adopted the biogenetic Maisie Lockwood as their child. Owen’s velociraptor, Blue, reunites with Owen bringing along a velociraptor offspring, Beta. When Maisie and Beta both suddenly disappear, Owen and Claire set out to rescue them. Meanwhile, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) from the first film Jurassic Park (1993) all return and do their part to see that humans and dinosaurs can coexist in peace in this strange new world.

This latest installment of the franchise does not quite measure up to the other two films of the Jurassic World trilogy: Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Jurassic World (2015). However, audiences still showed their support for this movie, spending $1 billion worldwide at the box office, making JWD the second highest-grossing movie of 2022. Overall I give Jurassic World: Dominion a 7/10 and I would recommend it to viewers who are intrigued by dinosaurs and fans of this franchise.