The island as we know it is on the brink of destruction. A once inactive volcano has awakened, and the surviving dinosaurs are facing extinction once more. The government decides not to take action, letting these dinosaurs die, but Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) has other ideas. She, along with a newly founded dinosaur rights team, travel to the island with the assistance of Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to help remove the dinosaurs before they meet their demise. The park is gone. But this franchise is far from over.
I won’t talk about anything not seen in the first two trailers, but even then, be warned they show more than I would’ve liked to have been. But what we’re dealing with here isn’t simply another run away from the vicious monsters movie. It’s a rescue mission that evolves into a haunted house movie, and that sounds fucking incredible. Screenwriters Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly have great ideas, which all builds towards a fundamentally interesting finale, but the execution is subpar. Every character decision lacks logic, and these once-scary dinosaurs are now meant to evoke sympathy (which… kinda works?).
Pratt and Howard have a significantly better dynamic this time around, but even then, this is the exact same “character arc” (if it can be called that) they went through in the first film. When we first meet them, they’ve derailed even further, and their development sees them undergo the exact same transformation. Not even Pratt felt as charming or likeable this time around, and that’s extremely hard for him to do. Daniella Pineda is enjoyable, but underdeveloped, and while Justice Smith gave a decent performance, his character annoyed the hell out of me. Out of fear of spoilers, I don’t even want to get into Rafe Spall’s storyline, but my god, is it dumb.
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