What to Watch This Weekend: Jurassic World Dominion

(from left) Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) in Jurassic World Dominion, co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Jurassic World Dominion is a story of dinosaurs running amok. Set four years after the events of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, this 6th entry into the franchise imagines a planet where the genetically engineered animals are adapting. They roam the lands trying to fit in with humans; in turn men, women, and children learn to accept their existence and presence in their daily lives. Within this chaos, former raptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and park manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) attempt to keep a valuable secret safe. Meanwhile, paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), chaotician Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), and paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) try to expose a nefarious plot by a bioengineering company they suspect is up to no good.

What works in Jurassic World Dominion are the action sequences and Jeff Goldblum. Director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) proves once again his adept skill at crafting clever and intense moments. A motorcycle chase through the streets of Malta is particularly thrilling. In addition, Goldblum returns to the franchise with delight having a role in the proceedings that feels like a natural extension of his Jurassic Park character, and with more to do than just a cameo. His dialogue consistently addresses the absurdity of the proceedings as a quasi-audience surrogate and his humor provides an entertaining amount of levity.

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Audiences who feel that up to this point the Jurassic Park movies have been repetitive, may find Jurassic World Dominion to be lacking. The plot is split into two very distinct paths. One that seems very familiar: dinosaurs gobbling up humans, and short-sighted, greedy corporate executives making awful decisions. The other seemingly has nothing to do with the other five films, revolving around mutated locusts. And because these two narrative arcs are only loosely connected, the character development suffers while trying to balance them both at the same time. Related, as these films move further away from the 1993 original, the grandeur and majesty lessen. In Jurassic Park, the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the raptor pack had personality and a sense of gravitas—they were villains with primal motivation and thus they evoked fear. Here, a new dinosaur appears every 12 minutes and thus weakens the novelty.

Jurassic World Dominion is positioning itself as a conclusion to this epic film series. In one way, it definitely gives several of the beloved characters a definitive sendoff through a final adventure, but for many this chapter may feel tacked on rather than a grand finale tying everything up.

You can find Jurassic World Dominion in theaters starting on June 10th.

Recommended if you Enjoyed: Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

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Fox Troilo

Fox serves as an entertainment journalist in the Washington, D.C. When not covering cinematic news for LRM, he critiques films as a member of the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Fox also has a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Strategy from Indiana University Bloomington.

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