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.

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Rising Sun (1993)

sunDirector: Philip Kaufman

Writer: Philip Kaufman, Michael Crichton, Michael Backes (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Novel)

Starring: Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kevin Anderson, Mako, Ray Wise, Tia Carrere, Steve Buscemi

 

Plot: At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who’s evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive their Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there’s a lot more going on.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Traditional Crime Story

 

Story: Rising Sun starts as we watch a potential deal being handled between the Japanese and Americans to deal with the weapons, when a party is thrown in this event there is a murder of a woman during a sex act. Webster Smith (Snipes) is called into investigate being he is the liaisons officers at the White House, along the way he has to pick up seasoned Captain John Connor (Connery) who is on leave and is an expert on Japanese culture.

The unlikely pair have to work together to solve the crime where the prime suspect Eddie Sakamura (Tagawa) has a personal connection to Connor and not everything is as it seems, leaving them to unwrap the web of conspiracy.

Rising Sun is what you would have to put down as a traditional crime story that goes in the direction you would expect. We get the twists and the odd pairing having to work together leading everything back to where you would expect it to go. The crime has elements of conspiracy even though it is only about one murder. The story is filled with racial tension which is disappointing for the way the film is set.

 

Actor Review

 

Sean Connery: Captain John Connor is the expert on Japan who gets bought into the case because of his connections with the people involved. He has to guide Webster through the case helping him understand the way of thinking of the Japanese involved. Sean is good in this role very much against the type of character we have seen in the past with Bond.

Wesley Snipes: LT Webster Smith is a liaison to the White House and former cop who gets called into investigate the murder where he has to work with Connor. He has a shady past after being accused of a bride case even though it got thrown out. He has to put his problems aside and his differences with Connor to uncover the truth. Wesley is good in this role playing the role we expect to see from him.

Harvey Keitel: LT Tom Graham is the old partner of Webster who was also involved in the bribery case. He tries to just treat his cop work as a job and doesn’t seem to play sides. Harvey does good job in supporting role but considering he is important to the story we don’t see him enough.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa: Eddie Sakamura is the prime suspect that is even the easy suspect, he must work with the two to prove his innocence for the crime he never committed. Cary-Hiroyuki is good in this role filled with mystery throughout.

Support Cast: Rising Sun has a supporting that you would expect to see in this type of film that all do good job.

Director Review: Philip KaufmanPhilip gives us a good action mystery thriller that does keep you guessing throughout.

 

Action: Rising Sun has the standard action you would expect to see without being too memorable.

Crime: Rising Sun brings us a crime story which on paper is just a murder but the conspiracy is what keeps us guessing.

Mystery: Rising Sun creates the mystery about who committed the murder which we have to witness who it could have been.

Thriller: Rising Sun keeps us guessing to what will happen next.

Settings: Rising Sun uses the settings well but nothing that is really stand out.

Suggestion: Rising Sun is one for the action fans to enjoy just switch off and enjoy. (Switch Off & Enjoy)

 

Best Part: Off chemistry between Connery and Snipes.

Worst Part: No subtitles.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

Trivia: Writers Michael Crichton and Michael Backes quit the project largely over disagreement with director Philip Kaufman that one of the lead characters should be changed into an African-American.

 

Overall: Standard action mystery thriller

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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

 

Timeline (2003)

logoDirector: Richard Donner

Writer: Jeff Maguire, George Nolfi (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Novel)

Starring: Paul Walker, Frances O’Connor, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Neal McDonough, Matt Craven

 

Plot: In this case, a group of archaeologists and combat experts led by Paul Walker and Frances O’Connor use a “3-D fax machine” (so much for technobabble!) to time-travel back to France in 1357, in hopes of retrieving Walker’s father and returning safely to the present. No such luck! Fending for themselves against marauding hordes of medieval French warriors at war with the invading British, these semi-intrepid travellers find their body count rising, and the deadline for their return home is rapidly approaching.

 

Verdict: Not Quite There

 

Story: Ever film that is based on time travel tries to find something different to make it stand out, and I will give this one credit. It does pose a different idea to what we are used too, the whole 3D fax machine that creates a wormhole is new but very farfetched. If we are being honest this story is about saving an old man but sacrificing a group of young men who make the trip back. That alone would ask a few questions really. Most of the support cast are solely there to be killed off which leads to even more questions about the point in the mission. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Paul Walker: Chris the son of the Professor who doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps, but will drop everything to go on a mission to save his life, even though he should already be dead. Good performance from Walker showing his potential in an early role. (7/10)

 walker

Frances O’Connor: Kate one of the team who is determined to find something and will put her work before any relationship. Good performance but in the end is a very annoying character due to over reactions in the past. (6/10)

frances

Gerard Butler: Andre a man with passion for the past, who risks more damage to what has happened when he tries to save Lady Claire from the fate she already suffered. Good performance from Butler who showed he was the action star of the future. (8/10)

 gerard

Billy Connolly: Professor Johnston the man behind the dig who has put his career ahead of being a father to Chris, but he gets trapped in the past and calls for his team to risk their own lives to save him. Not the best from Connolly who looks lost a lot of the time, it didn’t help that his character is the catalyst for everything that happened. (4/10)

 billy

David Thewlis: Robert the brains behind the time travel operation who fails to tell the team all the risks but shows what he is made of during the story after the machine gets destroyed. Good business man role worrying more about covering himself than the people whose lives he is risking.(7/10)

 david

Anna Friel: Lady Claire the lady whose death drove the French to victory but after she gets saved by Andre who is meant to be the motivation for the victory. Good performance pulling off the accents perfectly. (8/10)

 lady clare

Neal McDonough: Frank the solider sent back to protect the team with his experience of previous trips, but he gets more than he has bargained for. Good performance in a supporting disposable character role. (6/10)

neal

Director Review: Richard Donner – I think it would be fair to say this film was a little bit too ambitious to put to film without any real major stars at the time and a lot gets lost in translation. (6/10)

 

Action: The battles sequences are big and full of plenty of action. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: The different idea for time travel works really well, but still leaves plenty of questions. (7/10)

Settings: Good authentic settings created for both past and present scenes. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try it is not brilliant but has some good ideas that don’t quite come off but the effort should be given credit. (Try)

 

Best Part: Andre character steals the show.

Worst Part: Questionable reason for doing the traveling.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final battle.

Favourite Quote: ‘So what you are saying, it that you accidently discovered time travel’.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $44 Million

Budget: $80 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

Tagline: One man’s future lie in the past.

 

Overall: Time Travel Film Lost In Time

Rating 60

Twister (1996)

loggoDirector: Jan de Bont

Writer: Michael Crichton, Anne-Marie Martin (Screenplay)

Starring: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lois Smith, Alan Ruck, Sean Whalen, Scott Thomson, Todd Field

 

Plot: Devoted Tornado chaser Jo Harding (Hunt) is trying to collect data on how tornado works. She has a full able team who each have a special expertise that helps her locate these storms. Jo’s ex-husband and former storm chase partner Bill Harding (Paxton) makes a surprise visit in her life trying to get her to finalise the divorce papers along with his new wife to be Melissa Reeves (Getz). After the first tornado Bill sets out to help Jo finish her life’s work all while going against Jonas Miller (Elwes) who has superior equipment but no true feeling about how tornadoes work. Both after the same goal but playing with the storms makes everything more dangerous.

 

Verdict: Storm Chasing thrills

 

Story: When you look at this story you get to follow the lives of storm chasers and their endless risks they take to help save lives. Keeping in line with the late 90s action films romantic angles were the characters are previously involved and trying to move on while one clings on. In the end you get a very easy to follow story leaving you to enjoy the action and suspense. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Helen Hunt: Jo after her father is killed by a tornado she decides to dedicate her life to figuring out how to detect tornadoes to stop other families losing loved ones. She is very determined to achieve this and with her close knit team she uses her and former partner’s creation to do so. Hunt is great in the role showing all the emotions needed to show her characters true nature. (8/10)

 hunt

Bill Paxton: Bill the former storm chaser who has taken up a new life and career but has to get his divorce papers complete before he can marry his new love. He finds his soon to be ex-wife and joins the chase of tornadoes again. Good from Paxton showing he can lead a film. (8/10)

paxton

Cary Elwes: Jonas the cocky ex-associate of Bill and Jo’s who has much more funding but doesn’t have the ability to predict tornadoes to the same level as Bill. Good performance but doesn’t get enough screen time to create a true rival that is being talked about. (7/10)

 

Jami Gertz: Melissa Bill’s new love who has no idea how extreme his former life was, joins the chase but ends up biting off more than she can chew. Good performance that shows how outs of place a non-chaser is. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Jan de Bont – Good direction mixing the action and calm well. (8/10)

 

Action: When the tornadoes hit the action gets going to a good level. (8/10)

Adventure: With the chase comes the adventure they always wanted. (7/10)

Settings: Each setting works well for the tornado scenes with the outdoor cinema working very well. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Great special effects to create the tornadoes and their destruction. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest watching this it fits in nicely with all the late 90s action films that are just enjoyable. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Outdoor cinema tornado

Action Scene Of The Film: The final tornado

Scariest Scene: Night tornado

Believability: There are storm chasers out there and this could be their story. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 2 Oscars

Box Office: $494,471,524

Budget: $92 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

Tagline: The dark side of nature.

Trivia:This was the first movie released on DVD and the last to be released on HD-DVD

 

Overall: Storm Chasers the film

Rating 80