Fallen Kingdom 1 There was some fear that after all these years, just about every aspect of returned-to-life dinosaurs had been exhausted, but thankfully I was wrong. In the last movie, we got the idea that the brains behind the Park, at least in the movies, had given up on the concept, yet we know that  Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) has escaped Jurassic World with some DNA samples. Turns out he’s still going through with his project and that’s where this film opens.

Some three years after the last film’s story, a group of mercenaries is on Isla Nublar to collect further DNA samples. The crew honestly believes most, if not all, of the animals are dead as they carry on the search. One team is in a mini sub and enters the old mosasaur lagoon to get a bone fragment of the Indominus Rex, which was killed by the mosasaur in the last film. They get the bone and send it up on a floating buoy, then back up, unaware that they are doing so right down the marine reptile’s gullet. When the land-based team loses contact with the sub, they opt to clear out when the T-Rex shows up and starts chasing them. They attempt to escape by helicopter, but the monster grabs a hold of the ladder and starts dragging the copter down. The tense scene eventually switches to an office, where Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is working with her Dinosaur Protection Group to counter the Senate hearings going on to debate whether the dinosaurs should be killed en masse.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Turns out that Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) is the featured speaker at the hearings, and he favours letting an upcoming volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar do the dirty work for them. Meanwhile, Claire is contacted by Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), John Hammond’s original Park partner, who lets his aide Eli Mills, explain to her that they have a plan to save at least 11 species on a remote island to continue their existence. Mills says he needs to activate the old tracking system to capture them, so he’ll need her knowledge. He also explains that he wants to save Blue, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt)’s old personal raptor friend, so Claire tracks Owen down to do this, to which he reluctantly agrees. Unknown to all, Mills is in Cahoots with Dr. Wu and intends to sell the dinos to raise tons of money.

Fallen Kingdom 10 The story takes a few side trips that allow us to find out what happened after the Jurassic World disaster as well as giving us a glimpse of how Owen and Blue bonded as the dinosaur grew up. Claire and Owen fly to Isla Nublar with IT Technician Franklin Webb (Justice Smith) and paleoveterinarian Dr. Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pinada). They find out that an advance team led by mercenary Ken Wheatley (Ted Levine) is already there but they are unaware of how much work they have done so far.

They succeed in re-establishing the tracking system and Owen sets out to connect with Blue, only to have Wheatley jump the gun and tranquillise Blue, as well as Owen, and Wheatley’s true motives are revealed. A series of hair-raising incidents allows Claire, Owen, Franklin, and Zia to get aboard the “rescue” ship.  After the ship docks in California, they find out that the dinos are headed for Lockwood’s estate, where they are to be caged, then auctioned off by auctioneer Gunnar Everson (Toby Jones). The auction goes as planned until Everson reveals the Indominus Rex.  Dr. Wu says this is not for sale, yet even he is swayed by an opening bid of $20 million that escalates rapidly.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Owen, who is locked up in the cellar, finds out that in the next cell is a dome-headed dino that he goads into knocking down a wall and breaking the cell door, allowing him and Claire to escape and connect with Lockwood’s granddaughter Maisie (Isabella Sermon). From here, the movie falls into action mode as the Indominus Rex chases Maisie all over the estate, and Owen chases the dino. Blue becomes heavily involved in the chase, and a “side track” develops that involves the dinos being threatened with death by poison gas and Claire having to choose whether they live or die. Most of the bad guys wind up getting killed, and a post-credit scene shows a group of pterosaurs circling the replica Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas. Jurassic World was set as a trilogy, so there’s still at least one more film coming. With more dino DNA loose upon the world, I’m betting the next one will feature dinos enhanced with human DNA and becoming these “ultimate military weapons”.  And don’t forget—the mosasaur is now free to roam the world’s oceans, so………

Fallen Kingdom 8 That one scene near the end, with the T-Rex confronting a lion, and the scene where Blue stops on a hill overlooking a city, tells us the worst is yet to come……..



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