I quite liked Jurassic World as a film- it was fun and exciting and Chris Pratt was funny in the leading role; but, I didn’t really feel the need for a second one. I felt it would be better to just leave it off while it was on a high, compared to the other sequels, and just stay as a stand-alone film. However, as is always the case with money-making franchises, another movie had been confirmed almost as soon the first one took off as an instant success. Despite my reservations, I made my way down to the cinema to see what the fifth instalment had to offer.
What is it about?
Three years on from the nightmare-ish sequence of events of Jurassic World, a rescue operation is planned to rescue some of what is left of the dinosaurs from the island (which is now home to an active volcano.) However, when it soon becomes clear that things are not as they seem and geneticists began to experiment on yet another mutant dinosaur, things take a dramatic turn for the worse. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) must work together again, with the help of some new friends, to shut down the the production and sale of the Indo-Raptor hybrid before it’s too late.
What did I think?
As a piece of absolute nonsense, it was pretty watchable. The fact they basically blow up a whole island is pretty cool; but unfortunately, it didn’t provoke any other emotion. I thought Chris Pratt was fairly amusing; however, his best lines were ALL in the trailer, which meant when they came up, my response was almost unwavering. I thought it moved along at a reasonable pace and generally maintained my attention, but that is as far as my kind words go.
Have you have seen the trailer? If your answer to that question is yes, then you’ve basically seen the film. Fill in a couple of minor plot details here and there, and the film you get is nothing more than you would expect. With such little revealed over two hours and ten minutes, this film is massively overlong and I really felt it. By the end I was tired and bored and when things were blowing up in front of me all the time, I really shouldn’t have been. I thought that Bryce Dallas Howard’s performance was terrible: it was almost like she knew how bad the film was going to be and just said to herself- “What does it matter?” Moreover, at no point did I feel anything that happened had consequences. What I mean by this is when something “bad” happened I just didn’t care and wasn’t emotionally moved in the slightest. There was only one scene throughout the film, that I hadn’t seen in the trailer, that affected me in any way and I feel that is a real structural failure. Finally, I didn’t like it. Although people around me seemed to be positively amused, it just wasn’t for me. The plot was bad, the acting was poor, it wasn’t fully coherent and it just wasn’t enjoyable.
Therefore, I think I have made my point clear- it isn’t a good film. I would encourage you to go and make you own mind up; but do not expect much, as you will be hopelessly let down.
My Rating- 4/10