Jurassic World is one of those nostalgic movies that I’m sure most will be familiar with from their childhoods. Most will also remember it assuming the title of Jurassic Park made up of dinosaurs and all kinds of ancient creatures. I can attest to the fact that this was the movie that introduced me to the notion of these larger than life creatures. A popular franchise it was that it was bound to get a refresh complete with stylistic and modern cinematic sequences that would potentially turn it into a visually beautiful movie.
Following the 2015 version of the movie Jurassic World, the latest version once again stars one of the most popular and likeable individuals in Hollywood today, Chris Pratt and assumes the official title of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Clocking in just over two hours, the movie isn’t exactly short and from the onset promises to give you your money’s worth.
Cast – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ted Levine, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Justice Smith, B.D. Wong, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin & Jeff Goldblum
Director – J. A. Bayona
Genre – Science fiction film/Action
Running Time – 2h 10m
It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
As the plot suggests, the latest version of Jurassic World picks up from where the 2015 version left off with various debates of whether or not to preserve the dinosaur species. A rollercoaster ride that gives you just about enough to enjoy from a movie of its nature, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a welcome addition to the current crop of movies this year. It includes the right mix of action, intense moments as well as humour.
As expected, the movie includes fantastic scenery and graphics across the natural landscape to the actual creatures themselves. It is a beautifully shot movie with a solid plot and a cast that executes it in a great way. It definitely deserves to be seen in either IMAX and/or 3D format. Personally, I expected something from it and it delivered on that promise. No doubt people who were and still are fans of the franchise will enjoy this one.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a solid offering and a welcome addition to the overall Jurassic franchise. Based on how it ended my guess is there potentially will be another one. In Chris Pratt the franchise has a more than able lead who continues to not put a foot wrong in any of his latest movies. It’s tough to not describe it without giving too much away which I’m personally not a fan of. I prefer to rather have you judge it for yourselves. From me though it gets a solid 7.5 out of 10 rating. Officially in cinemas today, this needs to be seen in either IMAX or 3D.
Special thanks to Ster Kinekor for the radical screening at the newly revamped Sandton City cinema which we’ll further elaborate on soon. Also, be on the lookout for a special interview we did with Motheo Matsau (Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Ster Kinekor) at the screening. Continue watching this space!