‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Review: Chilling & Chaotic

Over the last week, I’ve seen a tweet that read something shady about how the first Jurassic Park movie was the only good entry in the franchise. After walking out of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I can confirm that that tweet is officially wrong. While I did enjoy 2015’s Jurassic World, this sequel goes in a darker, more visceral direction. It’s invigorating and had me with tears in my eyes at some moments and gripping the armrest in others.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continues to follow our two leads, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) as they try their best to rescue the dinosaurs who were left on Isla Nublar after the destruction of the park in the last film. Throughout the film, we not only get to see their dynamic evolve, but we meet new, interesting characters as well.

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The best thing about this movie is how it dips a toe, nee claw, into the horror genre. It gives you a sense of dread. For the first time in this franchise, I wasn’t so sure that everyone was going to make it out alive, especially with the high body count in the film. It’s evident from the very beginning that the filmmakers were looking to head into horror a little bit. There’s tons of jump scares, even some that I didn’t see coming.

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It’s odd to see a movie divided into two acts instead of the typical three, but here it really works. We spend half the time on the island and second half on the mysterious Lockwood Estate, which quickly delves into chaos, but I promise no spoilers here.

Don’t believe the Rotten Tomatoes score on this one. It’s getting lower and lower by the day, but this movie has a great spirit and crosses genres from science fiction to action to horror in a matter of seconds. I mean a CGI dinosaur literally made me tear up at one point, but let’s move on from that. Give this movie a chance. The Jurassic Park franchise has been hit or miss for 25 years, but with this latest entry, we have a huge hit once again.

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