Release Date: June 22, 2018
Director: J. A. Bayona
Budget: $170-187 million
Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes
Post Credit Scene: Yes
Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.
This movie is the sequel to Jurassic World (2015) and yes there is another genetically modified dinosaur in this one and it’s one mean hunting machine. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 51% rating at the time of writing this review, I’m not sure what other folks are expecting from this movie beyond having a whole bunch of dinosaurs running around and killing people. If you are looking for character development or deep enriching storyline in this movie, prepare to be disappointed. Not to defend the movie too much, some of the reviewers feel dinosaurs are losing its charm and excitement. That may be true… But if you are a fan of dinosaurs, you won’t be disappointed.
My expectations for this movie:
- Awesome dino CGIs
- Dino chasing humans
- Good Ol’ 2 hour-ish action adventure
The movie is exactly what I expected, I had a lot of fun watching it. It honestly didn’t feel like 2 hours at all.
The plot are like most action/adventure movies, it follows a rather linear storyline. Point A to point B, then to Point C. There is a little of a time-wrap with the first and last scene when Jeff Goodblum (Ian) addresses the Congress. The movie definitely sets itself up for a sequel, you’ll see what I mean when you get to the end of the movie. If you have time, be sure to stick around after the movie credit because there’s a post credit scene after that. The post credit isn’t really a prelude to the next movie, but nonetheless it’s a scene you already paid for, why not watch it right?
The CGI team did a great job in creating the various dinosaur species in the movie. I was quite surprise how realistic they look. The audio department also did a great job in this movie, in certain scenes, it made me feel like I’m next to the dinosaur.
The comic relief are played by Daniella Pineda (Zia) and Justice Smith (Franklin). Pretty much Franklin sets it up and Zia delivers the punchline. It also nice to see that Zia is a strong-willed woman who can tough it out in the jungle, while Franklin is a computer genius that prefers to work in a hygienic environment (he does not like the jungle).
Contrary to popular opinion, I find this movie enjoyable. It was worth 2 hours of my time, I had a blast watching dinosaurs and made me imagine what the world would be like living with them in this day and age and with the technology that we have. If you like this movie and want to rewatch it again, you can preorder or order this movie here.