‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is Not Worth the Price of Admission

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“Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom,” directed by J. A. Bayon and written badly by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, takes place three years after the events of the previous film. The Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar has been abandoned. A mercenary team arrives on the island to retrieve DNA from the remains of Indominus Rex which lies beneath the bottom of the Mosasaurus Lagoon. After sending a piece of bone to the surface, the team is attacked by the Mosasaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the team barely escapes, the lagoon gate is left open allowing the Mosasaurus to escape into the ocean.

Meanwhile, back in the States, a hearing is going on to decide whether the dinosaurs should be saved from an impending volcanic eruption. It’s here we find Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), who wants the big guys to die. He believes nature is correcting the mistake that the late John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) made by cloning the creatures in the first place.

Next, we meet Jurassic World’s former operations manager, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), who want to save the dinosaurs. This brings Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), who trained the raptor, into the picture. He agrees to go back to the island with Claire before the erupting volcano takes them all. Also, how could he possibly resist a pretty redhead?

Of course, once back on Isla Nublar, they encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet. Sound exciting? Trust me–it’s not.

Okay, so that’s the essence of the ridiculously predictable plot. Except for the part where the good guys turn out to be the bad guys who want to sell the dinosaurs on the black market for mucho bucks. As weapons. Seriously??? Now, where have we seen that before? Yes, the CGI is cool, but the plotline that goes with it is so hackneyed, personally, I’d wait ’til the film comes out on Netflix.

“Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom” opens in theaters Friday, June 22, 2018

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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