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'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' contemplates fall of dinosaurs

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, June 6, 2018  /  02:58 pm

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom gets deeper into the world of dinosaurs, but may move a little bit too far from its earlier films in the Jurassic Park franchise.

As the sequel to Jurassic World (2015), Fallen Kingdom is set three years after the disaster at a theme park on Isla Nublar, where the dinosaurs got out of control, and a hybrid, carnivorous dinosaur, Indominus rex, escaped from its cage and endangered the visitors.

But instead of living peacefully on the island far away from humans, the dinosaurs may vanish from the Earth once again due to a nearby volcano that is going to erupt. This raises debates in society on whether humans need to save the dinosaurs as part of animal conservation or leave them to die on the island naturally.

Dinosaurs face extinction yet again in Dinosaurs face extinction yet again in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom". (jurassicworld.com/File)

Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), who used to hold an important job in the Jurassic World theme park, turns into an activist who supports dinosaurs alongside her colleagues, Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda) and Franklin Webb (Justice Smith). After feeling hopeless as the government decides to abandon the dinosaurs, Dearing receives help from Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), who used to be a partner of John Hammond, the founder of Jurassic Park.

Lockwood’s right-hand man, Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), asks Dearing to rescue the dinosaurs from the island and move them to a new sanctuary. For this project, Dearing has to reconnect with her ex-boyfriend and researcher, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt).

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However, Dearing should have known that Mills’ promise has consequences, especially when it is too good to be true. It also leads to new problems that may affect humans' survival in the future.

Helmed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible), Fallen Kingdom will make the audiences contemplate whether it is best to stop playing God with the dinosaurs or save them from extinction. Bayona gives them time to think through the scenes in the film, and they may break down in tears or close their eyes as the ferocious dinosaurs prepare to devour their prey.

Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Franklin Webb (Justice Smith) face a dangerous dinosaur when the volcano is about to erupt in Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Franklin Webb (Justice Smith) face a dangerous dinosaur when the volcano is about to erupt in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom". (jurassicworld.com/File)

Unlike Jurassic Park films and the first Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom is not about dinosaurs running freely in a theme park. It is about dinosaurs that are caged and tortured. But it still gives scenes of dinosaurs eating humans from the beginning until the end, and Bayona presents it well by playing with other elements, including lava, lightning and rain.

However, some characters may need to be developed, such as by giving them more roles in the story instead of just becoming cameos. Furthermore, some scenes of dinosaurs eating humans can be too much for children, hence the film is more suitable for teenagers and adults. (kes)

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