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Movie review "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

Run away from dinos or save them? That's the big question

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 7/1/18

Once upon a time, a wealthy philanthropist named John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) had an idea for an amusement park that would change the world. So, playing God, he used …

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Movie review "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

Run away from dinos or save them? That's the big question

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Once upon a time, a wealthy philanthropist named John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) had an idea for an amusement park that would change the world. So, playing God, he used cutting-edge genetic research to make creatures not in his own image, but from the stuff left behind in millions-of-years-old fossil remains.

Later, a mathematician who specialized in chaos theory named Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) offered a surprising warning: These animals had their day in the sun. They became extinct for reasons one might attribute to cosmic or divine wisdom, but they had their shot. To bring them back was, even in secular terms, blasphemy.

Now, several movies later, the philanthropist is dead and the mathematician is still offering his dire warning, but by now, nobody seems to care because the velociraptor is out of the bag.

A planned trilogy, which started with "Jurassic World" (2015), the new film, subtitled "Fallen Kingdom," takes up with protagonists Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) now wrapped up in an effort to rescue the dinosaurs left on Isla Nublar where the original Jurassic Park was built.

The park, of course, has been reduced to ruins after the events in the previous film, again following the theme mentioned by Dr. Malcolm having to do with life finding a way. This time, the island is threatened by a massive volcanic eruption that could be Malcolm's dream come true. All the dinos could finally be driven to extinction if pesky human beings would simply leave them alone and let them be consumed by fire.

But, no.

The reason their existence keeps getting prolonged is due to an entirely human invention: Plain old ordinary avarice. But, it's also due to the sympathies of plain old PETA-friendly human beings who hate to see such magnificent creatures become destroyed.

So, with these plot lines forming unbreakable but opposing bonds, the dinosaurs are still given ample opportunities to stomp on buildings, cars, equipment and not a few human beings both good and bad. They also get to put those big, sharp carnivorous teeth to use.

In this movie, though, a few underlying subplots show up. Now that the park is gone, where can the animals roam?

Plus, the wealthy people and their evil underlings who allowed certain things to happen still want to find a way to make a fast buck off of them, especially the evil Dr. Wu (B.D. Wong). And, Owen and Claire now seem to have a new friend to complete their little ersatz family, a little girl named Maisie (Isabella Sermon), who might have more in common with the dinos than we might suspect.

It will be interesting to see if Dr. Malcolm's warning will finally be heeded after all is said and done. Or, will the suits in the studio's executive offices decide they need to make even more fast bucks? We'll see.

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril.

It is showing daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

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