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Unfortunately, this makes “Dominion” a suitable installer for the “Jurassic World” trilogy. Trevorrow, co-writer of all three films and director of the first and third installments, doubles down on the traits that made 2015’s Jurassic World nothing more than guilt-free and JA Bayona directed by JA Bayona for 2018’s Fallen Kingdom—the worst disaster. Remember the Military Prey Brigade? Or a dinosaur auction on the black market? Dominion offers more of the same preposterous plot.
That’s a shame, because Fallen Kingdom has at least succeeded in presenting a weighty premise for Dominion, in which dinosaurs are unleashed upon the world, leaving civilization to confront humanity’s arrogance. But far from the show’s harrowing endings, which show glimpses of dinosaurs roaming in traffic, leaping across the plains and nesting atop a skyscraper, Dominion isn’t too interested in exploring how these prehistoric creatures perturbed the ecosystem or recreated Adjust the food chain.
Instead, Trevorrow and co-writer Emily Carmichael (they are working on a story written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly) offer a vivid spectacle of climate defeatism, technological mega-expansion, the ethics of cloning, and yes, more of the clandestine dinosaur trade. Much of the film unfolds in a dinosaur sanctuary in the Italian Dolomites, restoring the status quo and allowing our heroes to once again strive for survival while navigating the land of the dinosaurs.
In addition to bringing back the “Jurassic Park” trio, “Dominion” is moving forward with “Jurassic World’s” less attractive central duo: former Velociraptor coach Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and park manager-turned-rights activist Dino Claire Dering (Bryce Dallas Howard) . The film picks up four years after Fallen Kingdom, in which the dinosaurs created for the doomed Jurassic Park and its successor, Jurassic World, are rescued from a volcanic eruption, shipped to California and set off on the American mainland after the aforementioned dino. Bidding gone perverted.
Hiding in the Sierra Nevada, Owen and Claire stay off the grid while caring for Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), the teenage girl who unleashes dinosaurs in the “Fallen Kingdom” after discovering she’s a clone of her mother. But Maisie’s valuable DNA puts her in the crosshairs of Biosyn, a genetics giant run by Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott, in the role briefly played by Cameron Thor in Jurassic Park). Meanwhile, paleontologist Alan Grant (Neal), paleobotanist Eli Sattler (Dern) and chaos theorist Ian Malcolm (the owner of the scene who steals Goldblum) seek to expose the same company to its unabashedly sinister plot to control the world’s food supply through genetically improved locusts. .
As a conclusion not only to this trilogy but to the six-movie “Jurassic” saga, “Dominion” gives Neil, Dern and Goldblum a satisfying enough victory roll. Before the generations of “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World” collide, there are many characters to navigate through. BD Wong returns as Dr. Henry Wu, a genetic engineer whose repeated failure to learn from his mistakes is a parody. Dichen Lachman plays a dinosaur smuggler who, in a baffling revenge for the vanity of the Fallen Kingdom, uses a laser pointer instructing the dinosaurs to attack their targets. Mamoudou Athie and DeWanda Wise make attractive additions—as the mysterious Biosyn head of communications and a virtuous cargo pilot, respectively—but they still get lost in the shuffle.
To give Trevorrow credit, he certainly knows how to organize an action sequence and evoke evocative images. A motorbike chase through dinosaur-infested Malta makes for a thrilling ride, and a detailed scene in which Howard Claire evades a single monster by drowning underwater proves worthy of the original Steven Spielberg movie.
Speaking of this movie, the flashbacks of “Jurassic Park” — which come thick and fast, especially in the final chapter — elicit groans and cheers and nothing in between. When the last 20 minutes of “Dominion” play out recreations of established tracks from earlier films, it becomes clear that Trevorrow and Co don’t have anything new to say. In a welcome piece of self-aware shtick, the film at least allows Goldblum to sum up the state of the franchise: “Jurassic World? Not fun.”
Parental guidance is recommended for children under 13 years old. in area theaters. It contains intense action sequences, some violence, and strong language. 147 minutes.