The film is set 22 years later. The park has been open for quite some time now and people are getting bored of dinosaurs. They're even compared to elephants at one point in the film, which I guess is a fair comparison? Who knows. To up the wow-factor, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), the woman in charge of the park, decides to create a genetically designed hybrid dinosaur. This new dinosaur is called the Indominus Rex, and once you see it in action, it's not something you want to mess with. Claire calls in Owen (Chris Pratt), an ex-marine and current raptor trainer, to check out the facility to make sure everything's running smoothly. Obviously, it's not. The I-Rex has escaped and is raging havoc on the park visitors. Cue theme song. Or don't. Actually, maybe don't. Yeah, that would probably be a terrible time to play the theme song.
It's the only logical step forward in this story, or at least if they were trying to go for something that isn't another rip off of the first film. The new dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, is terrifying. Combining the DNA of several unnamed dino's, this new beast is smarter, faster and more violent than anything else at the park. It can hide from heat sensors, it's skin changes colour and it looks at everything as if it's food. It's a dinosaur trained in captivity and when it escapes, you're going to want to hope you're very very far away. As an audience member, however, I'd much rather be up close and personal with it.
While the T-Rex's appearance in the film is brief, it's an appearance you won't forget. My only problem with its appearance is that it looks absolutely nothing like the t-rex from the original film, despite them apparently being the same character. The film never once addresses that they're the same t-rex, and it's this that's gotten me hesitant about whether or not it really is the same dinosaur. I'd like to think it is, but the film never once addresses it as so. Hey, I guess I'm going to have to listen to the cast and crew on this one.
Enough of all this dinosaur talk though, let's get into the human element of the film. While each of the characters get their chance to say one extremely corny line of dialogue, perhaps with the exception of one or two people, the human element works really well. The goodies are likeable and the baddies are despicable. Their character traits aren't anything new and their development is fairly predictable, but they're good enough characters to take us through this world and all of their performances were top notch. They're just no Sam Neill or Jeff Goldblum.
While nostalgia is fun, it's not quite as fun as this film's finale. After an early screening of this movie, Josh Gad went to twitter and said that the last twenty minutes was cinematic bliss, and he sure wasn't lying. You know exactly what's going to go down, but you just don't know how, and that's what's so fun about it. It's tense, electrifying and left me literally shaking. I don't know about you guys, but I'm certainly down for another Jurassic World movie. How they're going to do it, I have no idea, but I will yet again be there opening day, you can count on that.