Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Director: J.A. Bayona

Writer: Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Characters)

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, DB Wong, Rafe Spall

 

Plot: When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.


Tagline – Life finds a way.

Runtime: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Gigantic Disappointment

 

Story: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom starts when the island the dinosaurs lived in Jurassic World is going to be wiped out by the volcano on it, the government are figuring out the morale side of whether to help the dinosaurs or let nature wipe them out once again with the help of Ian Malcolm (Goldblum).

Benjamin Lockwood (Cromwell) a former partner to Richard Hammond wants to rescue the dinosaurs and leave them on a safe island, he brings in Claire (Howard) and Owen (Pratt) to achieve these, with his associate Eli Miles (Spall) running the operation. Things don’t go to plan and it becomes clear that human desires have become the project and creating a new killer dinosaur is what is the most important part of the mission and now Owen and Claire must save the day.

 

Thoughts on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

 

Characters – Claire is now working as a campaigner to save the dinosaurs from there next extinction, she has a small team and the connections to get her voice heard, she must connect with Owen again to complete the mission and do the right thing to make up for her mistakes from the previous film. we see her make difficult decisions, but otherwise she doesn’t have anything standing out about her character. Owen is back, mainly because he is the one that can track down Blue (the raptor), he knows how the survive dinosaurs, using their strengths to help him in difficult decisions, he is your standard hero there to save the day figure though. Ken Wheatley is the hunter sent to bring back the dinosaurs, he doesn’t seem very smart or like he has ever hunted before, he also collects the teeth, sadly this character is rubbish compared to the hunter in Jurassic Park The Lost World, who at least knew this would be a test of his skills. Ian Malcolm, gives a speech, don’t sell us on a movie if that is all her does. Benjamin Lockwood is the man trying to save the dinosaurs, he once worked with Hammond and wants the same for the remaining dinosaurs. Eli Miles runs operations for Lockwood, he has set up the mission to be what he wants it to be. The rest of the characters include the comic relief in Zia and Franklin, mostly misses, the Maisie the annoying kid and Dr Wu returning even though we knew in the last film what his game now is.

PerformancesWell the performances, this should be interesting, Pratt once again shows he needs good material to shine, he doesn’t give us a memorable moment in the film, Howard also struggles to make her character as strong as it should be follow the events of the first film. My score for Goldblum is low because he is only in one scene. Ted Levine looks the part of the clumsy hunter, Rafe Spall does a good enough job in his role, while the big name actors will be getting paid well to move onto their Oscar related movies.

StoryThe story will clearly have the similarities to The Lost World, we know the park has been destroyed the dinosaurs still live and what to do with them next is the question. The reluctant party return to do the right thing only to be betrayed, check and the second half of the film takes place on the main land, check. While I will stand up for the ideas in the story, because we know much like in ‘Alien’ that humans will want to weaponize and profit from anything that can be seen as more dangerous than what they have, it is tried, tested and works.

The idea that nature is destroying the island feels like it could have been a movie on its own, it is the best part of the story and ends with one of the best scenes in the Jurassic franchise. The problems start when you see the thrown in backstory characters, the paths going down man’s obsession with hunting and third act twists that make little impact in the movie.

Action/Adventure/Sci-FiThe action should be breath taking, we have an island being destroyed, which we saw in the trailer, the dinosaur moments should be amazing, they are forgettable, sadly the action just fails to feel the tension required. The adventure seems to have been sucked out of the film too, everything on the island felt like it was played out in fast forward skipping the true amazement of what was achieved. The sci-fi side of the story shows the use of dinosaurs and as we have ran out of ideas again, making a newer deadlier one.

SettingsThe have two main settings, the island for the first half of the film which I personally feel could have been the whole film, the second half is centred around the mansion which sucks all the life out of the ideas created.

Special EffectsThe effects for the most part are flawless with the dinosaurs coming to life in the magical way we know.


Scene of the Movie –
The final moment on the island, bought a tear to my eye, such a poetic and beautiful shot.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The bloody kid.

Final ThoughtsThis was a giant disappointment for me, the two stories feel like they could have been separate films, the characters feel dull and lifeless and by the end you will be asking if you actually want to see more.

 

Overall: Just a let down for me.

Rating

 

 

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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

logDirector: Colin Trevorrow

Writer: Derek Connolly (Screenplay)

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jeff Garin, Mark Duplass

Plot: Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Guaranteed to Please

Story: Safety Not Guaranteed starts with Darius (Plaza) a young woman who has always struggled to fit into her social situations. Darius is working as an intern at a New York magazine run by Bridget (Rajskub). Jeff (Johnson) decides for his next assignment to investigate an advert in the paper asking for someone to go time travelling with them. Jeff takes Darius and Arnau (Soni) on the assignment across country.advert

The three discover the man who has placed the advert Kenneth (Duplass) who works in the local grocery store and small house. Jeff’s attempt to get to know him backfires as he really has just returned to the town to try and hook up with an old fling. Darius has much better luck when Kenneth starts doing a background check on her before inviting her into his idea as he has a constant fear of being followed.

As Kenneth and Darius get to know each other we learn that both would like to go back and change things from their past. First the two have to get the final parts to make the mission possible. We continue to see Kenneth and Darius bond as the time to go time travelling gets closer but how real is his story anyway.

Safety Not Guaranteed does what you want to see in all indie films, it takes the charm of a romantic comedy and mixes in an element you would never imagine working, time travel. Granted this film isn’t anything to do with actual time travel it focus on the characters who believe things haven’t gone their way in life and not sitting back any longer. I really enjoy these types of films they show you don’t need to rely on easy comedy, they show that you can have a sci-fi element without going with a mad budget. This films shows how to bring together five very different characters to help each other come out of their shells and show their true colours and isn’t that what we all want to see in life? This film will be one story I will recommend to anyone because of the simple character development used through out. (8/10)

Actor Review

Aubrey Plaza: Darius is a young intern who has never really fitted in anywhere in here life but when she gets taken along for one of the stories she ends up having to be the one to get to know the man who believes he can travel through time. We see how Darius grows as a person the more she learns about Kenneth. Aubrey gives a great charming performance where you can feel that she is an outsider. (8/10)daris

Jake Johnson: Jeff is the lead reporter on the story who has used this trip to try and hook up with and old high school girlfriend. He pushes Darius into continuing the story after he makes an unprofessional approach to learning about the story. Jake gives us a performance where he starts off as the unlikeable character but soon he is just as vulnerable as the rest. (7/10)jeff

Mark Duplass: Kenneth is the man who claims to be able to travel back in time, he placed the advert to find someone he can trust to go back in time with and until he meets Darius and we learn about his motives. Mark gives us a committed performance as you believe every word his character speaks or at least that he believes he believes speaking the truth. (8/10)kenneth

Karan Soni: Arnau is the fellow intern that gets bought along on the investigation to find out the truth about the advert. Karan is the supporting character who easily shows how isolated Darius could be. (7/10)

Support Cast: Safety Not Guaranteed has a limited supporting cast that mainly are here to show what is true in the stories being told and how the characters believe things are currently going in their lives.

Director Review: Colin TrevorrowColin does a great job directing this indie gem I can only wonder what he will give us for Jurassic World (Which I should have seen by the time this is posted). (8/10)

Comedy: Safety Not Guaranteed manages to give us funny moments, granted no moments that will make you laugh out loud but we get good moments that will give us a chuckle or too which is all the film really needs. (8/10)

Romance: Safety Not Guaranteed plays the romantic angle without throwing in our face, we learn early on that all the characters are single and haven’t had much luck in love, as the film continues we see how they all get a chance for love but can secrets ruin everything? (8/10)

Settings: Safety Not Guaranteed keeps the most part of the setting in the small town which really gives us a feeling of normality to the strange character being introduced to us. (8/10)

Suggestion: Safety Not Guaranteed is one for all the indie fans out there to enjoy, it is one that I would most people to have heard of but maybe not all given a chance too. (Watch)

Best Part: Guessing what is real.

Worst Part: Not knowing where the adventure goes.

Funniest Scene: Stealing the lasers, it is an easy laugh but so effective.

Favourite Quote: Kenneth The mission has been updated. I’m going back for you now. All right. Do you trust me?

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could, but it hope it never does.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $4 Million

Budget: $750,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

Tagline: What would you change if you could go back?

Overall: A real treat that will leave you with a smile what more could you ask for in a film?

Rating 80

Jurassic World (2015)

logoDirector: Colin Trevorrow

Writer: Colin Trevorrow, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Characters)

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Judy Greer

Plot: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: The Sequel We Deserved

Story: Jurassic World starts with the family including Karen (Greer) and her boys Gray (Simpkins) & Zach (Robinson) getting ready to get a Christmas present of being sent to Jurassic World to see their Aunt Claire (Howard). The part is fully operational now having hundreds of thousands of guests going through the park. Claire runs the park now and is looking to create a new dinosaur to keep her sponsors happy and increase the parks popularity.

Claire has to keep the park running leaving her an assistant to show the boys around the park, as Claire shows her owner of the park Simon Masrani (Khan) the new dinosaur that will give everyone nightmares. Simon wants to bring his man Owen (Pratt) into double check the paddock of the new dinosaur. Owen has been training raptors for Hoskins (D’Onofrio) who wants to take the raptors and use them as a weapon.

Jurassic World really comes off as a glorified petting zoo with the children getting to interact with the dinosaurs and shows being held when the dinosaurs are being feed. When Claire brings Owen gets bought into check the paddock they find out that the Indominus Rex has found a way to escape from its paddock. As our two child Gray & Zach continue their adventure around the park, while Claire tries to contain the Indominus Rex with non lethal methods. Owen demands the evacuating the island before more lives are lost but Claire tries to keep everything contained by closing just part of the island.

When the Indominus Rex it isn’t getting taken back to its cage easily and start putting every single person on the island at risk, leaving Owen to be the only one who can stop this dinosaur using his raptors as Claire gives him whatever he wants to save her nephews who become stranded in the park.

Jurassic World is going to be a long look here from me, first I will look at how the characters are involved, the kids work very well because they take us to look at dealing with divorce at a time where they could also get separated which get reflected in the story. I think the owner of the park fits in for a great replacement for Richard Hammond. Claire works as the naive business woman running the park which goes very well against Owen who never claims to be a dinosaur expert but knows more than she does. I do think we need a try dinosaur expert involved though. I also liked the villainous role which almost turns ‘Aliens’ where the villain wants to use the dinosaurs in military resources.

Now lets look at how everything unfolded, I did really enjoy the stunning looking new park and seeing how it is all fully operational. I also liked how the people running the park actually look at how people are tired of dinosaurs and the improvements made to the park improve crowds after lowering figures. The idea to mix dinosaurs works too because the original did mix the DNA of animals with dinosaurs which shows how far the ideas could leave the scientists. The film does forget the previous sequels and manages re-capture most of the magic the first one had, with the breathe taking sights when you see each part of the park. The negatives are that the final fight between the dinosaurs seems very much just there for action when we had plenty of well built up scenes before this time. I think a couple of dinosaur experts will be disappointed with certain elements involving the raptors because they seem to change a few factors about how they act. Overall I think this is the sequel we would have all liked to see but like the film states could hold it back because dinosaurs aren’t as popular now. (7/10)

Actor Review

Chris Pratt: Owen is the most respected ranger in the park who has been working with the raptors training them to work as a unit. He doesn’t see eye to eye with Claire as he sees the dinosaurs as animals rather than assets, but he has to work with Claire to save her nephews which gives him a chance to use his new connection with the raptors as he hunts down the rogue dinosaur. Chris brings his star power from Guardians of the Galaxy to this lead role but doesn’t reach the same level. (7/10)owen

Bryce Dallas Howard: Claire is the park manager whose nephews have come to the island to spend time with her, she leaves them with her assistant while dealing with matters inside the park, but when her new attraction gets lose she has to drop everything to save her nephews working with Owen the one man she doesn’t get on with on the island because he treats the dinosaurs with respect. Bryce does give us a good performance in a role we haven’t seen before. (7/10)claire

Vincent D’Onofrio: Hoskins is trying to get his research idea of using the dinosaur to hunt down any problems in the park, he has a plan to take over for his own personal gain. Vincent does always make a good villain but even though he characters is good he doesn’t get enough screen time. (7/10)hoskins

Ty Simpkins: Gray is the younger of the two nephews, he loves his dinosaurs but is smart enough to know the reality of what is happening in his family life. He has to work with his brother to survive when they both become trapped in the park. Ty does a good job and continue his young career in big Hollywood films. (7/10)

Irrfan Khan: Simon is the owner of the park and believes in the same principles that Richard Hammond did, money isn’t an issue the entertainment of the guest is what is important. I did like this character because for the first time the owner takes responsibility for his mistakes and tries to correct them. Irrfan gives this film a good performance which works for the film. (7/10)

Nick Robinson: Zach is the old brother of Gray who has to look after his brother in the park while on the trip. He doesn’t want to be on the trip because his interest are elsewhere but now he gets one last bonding trips with his brother before he goes onto college. Nick does a good job in the role. (7/10)

Gray & Zach

Gray & Zach

Support Cast: Jurassic World has a generic supporting cast but I have to say Jake Johnson really shines in the control centre making the points very well.

Director Review: Colin TrevorrowColin brings us the fan demanded sequel that really works well, it pays a lot of respect towards the very original, he shows the story telling ability and even holds back the action because it doesn’t need to be all out. (8/10)

Action: Jurassic World holds back on the full action sequences until the end where it lets everything go. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Jurassic World adds to the ideas used with future technology put into the dinosaur idea that all work very well for the story to unfold. (8/10)

Thriller: Jurassic World does keep us wanting to see what happens to our characters from the moment the dinosaur escapes. (8/10)

Settings: Jurassic World brings us back to the original island and everything look absolutely stunning. (9/10)
Special Effects: Jurassic World uses brilliant effects throughout to bring all the dinosaurs back to life. (10/10)

Suggestion: Jurassic World is one for the fans of the original who might not have liked the sequels, this brings us back to where we should have been going after the first one. (Watch)

Best Part: Visual look of the whole park

Worst Part: The end fight seems familiar.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final fight does look great though.

Funniest Scene: Jake Johnson scenes.

Kill Of The Film: Zara

Favourite Quote: Owen You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It will have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Could have technical awards

Box Office: $500 Million opening weekend.

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Tagline: The park is open.

Trivia: According to director Colin Trevorrow, the film is a direct sequel to the original film, with the sequels being “placed to the side”.

Overall: A Great sequel that could easily be worse but comes off very nice

Rating 75