Review: ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ takes bite out of box office
“Jurassic World: Dominion” is the second sequel in the trilogy that rebooted in 2015 the Steven Spielberg film franchise that began in 1993. The latest stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and actors from the first films in the franchise that was adapted from a Michael Crichton novel.
BAXTER — Bigger and badder, the dinosaurs that populated the original “Jurassic Park” franchise by Steven Spielberg are back in “Jurassic World: Dominion,” the latest sequel.
Resurrected from the dead via a fossilized mosquito that sucked blood and DNA from the dinosaurs in prehistoric times, the fearsome creatures return to terrorize the modern-day world.
“Jurassic World” rebooted the venerable dinosaur franchise in 2015, and the science fiction-action blockbuster was followed by “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” in 2018.
It was only a matter of time — pun intended — that a second sequel, “Jurassic World: Dominion,” would lumber its way into movie theaters like the Lakes 12 Theatre in Baxter.
In the latest, the cast of the “Jurassic World” trilogy is combined with the cast of the “Jurassic Park” trilogy and whether it works or is simply cashing in on nostalgia is for audiences to decide.
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and actors from the first films in the “Jurassic World” series join forces with Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill from the “Jurassic Park” series.
“Jurassic Park” was imbued with a child-like sense of wonder of the larger-than-life creatures that is Spielberg’s hallmark, and that feature film was adapted from a Michael Crichton novel
Spielberg’s initial installment centered around a kind-but-misguided grandfather wanting to create an amusement park with attractions the likes of no one else had ever seen.
His plan goes horribly wrong and off the rails quickly, but in “Jurassic World: Dominion,” there is a villainous CEO of Biosyn Genetics, a rival company of InGen, a dinosaur-cloning company.
Played by Campbell Scott as a Steve Jobs-type megalomaniac, Scott outwardly professes to harness the dinosaur DNA to potentially genetically treat diseases such as cancer.
But it doesn’t hurt Biosyn Genetics’ bottom line if Scott monopolizes the cloning industry with lucrative government contracts while at the same time eliminating any corporate competition.
As perhaps any parent of a child in the “terrible twos” might say, attempting to control an inherently uncontrollable living creature, be it a kid or a Tyrannosaurus rex, is a fool’s errand.
Interestingly enough, “Jurassic Park” was among the older blockbusters the Lakes 12 Theatre offered in June 2020 to kick off its reopening and banked on to fill theater seats again after theaters reopened as restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic were lifted.
“Jurassic World: Dominion” is the sixth installment of, and the conclusion to, the storyline that started in the original “Jurassic Park” trilogy that began in 1993, or almost three decades ago.
The time-based fantasy is beginning to show its age, perhaps, for moviegoers who may have grown immune to a certain degree to the toothy roars of seeing the dinosaurs on screen again.
At some point along the way, one has to wonder when the wayward scientists and humanity, in general, will conclude that cloning dinosaurs is simply a bad — a really bad — idea.
“We're racing toward the extinction of our species,” says Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Hollywood’s favorite go-to geek Goldblum. “We not only lack dominion over nature, we're subordinate to it.
“Jurassic World: Dominion” is rated PG-13 like “Jurassic Park,” but runs a tad longer at more than two hours but less than three, perhaps testing the attention span of little children.
But “Jurassic Park” seemed scarier than “Jurassic World: Dominion,” perhaps because of my youth at the time or the lack of stand-in children in peril on screen in “Jurassic World: Dominion.”
“Jurassic World: Dominion ” currently holds a 30% approval rating among critics and a 79% approval rating among audiences at Rotten Tomatoes, a review-aggregation website for film and television.
The consensus from the critics at RottenTomatoes.com: “‘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.”