Swanner: The film starts three years after our last encounter with Jurassic World: where the animals were left to do what they wanted with the island. After the island’s volcano begins to erupt, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) are sent to save the remaining dinosaurs from another extinction. As the volcano prepares to blow it’s top, only a few dinos are saved. Even with all this good will, others are looking to profit from the remaining dinosaurs.
J.A. Bayona brings the same kind of intensity he brought to The Impossible, where he made a tsunami scarier than any T-Rex. Much like the original Jurassic Park 2, act one is on the island and act two has us moving dinosaurs. The third act is your standard “dinosaurs get loose and eat bad guys”. I liked that they used the same writers, Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow, because it feels like a genuine extension of the last film and not the silliness we experienced in San Diego in that second Jurassic Park.
This is a big ole summer popcorn movie. It’s loud, it’s scary, and there is never a dull moment. It almost feels like an old serial where we can’t go 10 minutes without something major happening. Isn’t that what a true summer movie is all about? A handsome leading man with an equally strong female lead, and of course a screaming girl whenever something unexpected happens…which is about every 10 minutes. My suggestion is to find your nearest air conditioned multiplex, get your concessions, and sit back for some fun.
Swanner: 3 stars