Jurassic World Dominion is supposed to be the epic finale for the Jurassic film franchise. Sadly, there’s a lot of roar without any bite. This convoluted final instalment is without peril or, indeed thrilling entertainment. It is too long, bloated and at times feels as prehistoric, aka past its prime, as the dinosaurs on the screen.
Jurassic World Dominion begins with dinosaurs living side by side with humans. However, this is a fragile peace. It is a question of them versus us and who will come out on top. If one human has anything to do with it, the meanie Dr Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott) then it will be humans and namely him via his company. Dr Lewis is clearly based on Steve Jobs but it’s hard to take a very dull meanie seriously. As with the rest of the film, his character lacked any real depth and he’s not a terrifying villain.
The main issue with the film is that there is absolutely no peril. All the scenes were exactly the same; a dinosaur appears, a bit of tension, possibly a fight or flight follows and the next scene begins. At 2 hours 40 mins it is a very long time to keep repeating the same scene. Also, the film appeared fuzzy and out of focus in parts. With the sort of budget this film has and given it is bringing the entire franchise to an end, it should have been flawless.
Jurassic World Dominion does have a few saviours in the form of Jeff Goldblum with his immaculate comic timing and delivery. Laura Dern and Sam Neill recapture the magic from the very first film. Dewanda Wise as Kayla the pilot is excellent and hopefully, we’ll see more of her on screen. However, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have zero chemistry on screen and their characters feel flat. Despite the saviours, it is not enough to save a film that tries to tie up all the loose ends from the previous six films, preach a little about saving the planet and relies too heavily on CGI. It felt predictable, bloated and boring most of the time.
Jurassic World Dominion is released in UK cinemas on Friday 10 June.
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