Thursday, June 7, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Not A Better Sequel But Still Entertaining As Hell

Finally the wait is over. One of my most anticipated summer blockbuster movie has premiered in Indonesia since yesterday. It was very very exciting to be able to see this on its first day together with few other selected countries. The movie got so much hype that it even had the advance ticket sale promotion, so my wife and I managed to buy our tickets for the 6PM show since last Saturday. Well let us not dilly dally anymore and get on with the movie now.

Brief Story Line

Set about 3 years after the events in Jurassic World, the volcano in island of Isla Nublar was going to erupt endangering all the dinosaurs who were still located on the island. Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard - Pete's Dragon, The Help etc) who felt attached with the dinosaurs tried to keep them from extinction, with the help from some people who shared the same views, such as Franklin the IT expert (Justice Smith - Paper Towns, The Get Down TV series etc) and a doctor Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda - The Detour TV series).

Claire would later on be approached to save some of the species by Eli Mills (Rafe Spall - The BFG, Get Santa etc), the right hand man to a very rich Sir Lockwood (James Cromwell - Babe, The Green Mile etc) who happened to be one of the person originally cloning dinosaurs. In order to do so, Claire, Franklin and Zia need to go to Isla Nublar for a mission to capture 1 dinosaur from each species, but they would need the help from Owen Grady (Chris Pratt - Guardians of the Galaxy 2The Magnificent Seven etc) who was the perfect person to track down Blue, the smart and intelligent Raptor.

The group would be supported by a team of mercenaries led by Wheatley (Ted Levine - The Silence of the Lambs, Monk TV series etc). So could these bunch of people save whatever remaining dinosaurs from the second extinction? Find them all in this suspenseful action movie.

End of Brief Story Line

Phew, this movie was indeed very suspenseful. Throughout the whole 2 hours +, my wife could not seemed to stop screaming due to the many thrilling moments. I myself was quite absorbed with the movie and strapped to the seats because of the almost nonstop thrills. My favorite moments would definitely be the time when the volcano was going to erupt as well as the finale moments which was truly amazing and exhilarating. The special effects of this movie was exceptional as usual, giving the lifelike dinosaurs to our enjoyment, plus the volcano eruption effects were great (should be with the budget of > USD 170 million).

As compared to the predecessor though, I think this movie was not better in term of story line. I felt that Jurassic World was more honoring the original Jurassic Park (probably due to it had that theme park feel), while here it was more like adventure movie. Plus there was additional character of a young girl named Maissie (who was actually played nicely by a newcomer Isabella Sermon), which I think was not fully explored. And I actually did not really enjoy the new supporting character, though I liked the performance of Rafe Spall as Eli Mills. My wife also felt that Jurassic World was more to her liking, mostly because of the introduction of the raptors when trained by Owen in that movie. 

Aside from those minor flaws that my wife and I felt, we still enjoyed this movie a lot. As I said, there were many thrilling moments and one or two touching moments that affected my wife too. And since I saw this one with a Dolby Atmos sound system, it also gave additional thrill during the suspenseful scenes of dinosaurs threatening the life of our protagonists. There were few fun moments as well from Chris Pratt who was charming as usual and Franklin's character. By the way, this time I do not think the controversy of Bryce Dallas Howard's high heels would be discussed further as she was wearing proper shoes for running around now. LOL. 

There was also a cameo from the original cast of Jurassic Park movie, i.e. Jeff Goldblum reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm and another quite important character from Jurassic World. One thing that was quite funny for the audience was there was a very minor character who was mentioned as Indonesian in here. Before I forgot, my wife and I waited until the end credit scene finished and there was a brief scene which I think was to give us a hint of what would come in the third movie (scheduled to be released in 3 years time). This movie was supposed to be rated 13+ but somehow there were many children below that age who saw the movie yesterday. Personally I think it's better for the very young not to see this one as it might be scary for them during few brutal moments of dinosaur capturing (& eating) people.

Overall, this was a fun ride, thrilling suspenseful dinosaurs movie with not the best plot & story line but nevertheless very very entertaining. For those who love this kind of film, you should be able to enjoy it, but for the loyal fan of the original movie, this one might be seen as either a more awesome one or least favorite. The choice is yours.

Happy watching!

Mike's movie moments rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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