With superficial action set pieces and an overly convoluted plot, there’s not much to love about this sixth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, writes Alistair Harkness
Jurassic World Dominion (12A) *
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Sam Neill
“Jurassic world? Not a fan,” jokes Jeff Goldblum late in Jurassic World Dominion. The feeling is mutual. This sixth installment in the almost 30-year-old dino franchise is a creative low point, even by the dead horse flogging standards of previous installments of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking original.
As the concluding chapter of both the Jurassic World reboot saga starring Chris Pratt and the entire Jurassic Park series, it seeks to bring back Sam Neill’s paleontologist Alan Grant and Laura Dern’s paleobotanist Ellie Grant in a cynical attempt to increase the legacy’s appeal Franchise now that the nostalgic sight of dinosaurs on the big screen has really worn off (a trick that didn’t work on Jurassic Park III and isn’t working here).
They’re reunited with Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm – who appeared in the previous episode – after he invites her to visit the biotech company he now works for as a kind of doomsday prophet of sorts for profit while going over his chaos-theoretic forecasts, mindlessly fueled by a new generation of scientific disruptors who have been drinking the Kool-Aid of their Steve Jobs/Elon Musk-like leader Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott). Dodgson’s company, the not-so-evil BioSyn, has taken responsibility for tracking and controlling the genetically engineered dinosaurs that now roam the earth, relocating most of them to a biological reserve on his Bondian property deep in the Italian Dolomites. where he publicly promises to learn from them to cure disease and help humanity, but in reality creates new species of locusts to help him control the world’s food supply. Or so.
An excess of plot ties this storyline to Pratt’s dinosaur whisperer, Owen Grady, who now lives a reclusive existence in the woods with Bryce Dallas Howard’s dinosaur activist Claire Dearing and the cloned teenage girl Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) who rescued them in the previous film . The dinosaurs, while plentiful, are really just fodder for superficial action set pieces, which are further undone by co-writer/director Colin Trevorrow’s sentimental penchant for anthropomorphism. There’s very little threat in a movie where even a feral velociraptor can be befriended with a promise to save his baby.