‘Fallen Kingdom’ is best sequel yet

By Gable Pierce
Times-News correspondent

   ”Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” has all of the thrills and excitement associated with the original “Jurassic Park” film.
There’s a modern-day twist as well with a volcano erupting on Isla Nublar (think the recent volcanic eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii). This volcano, however, is threatening to destroy the dinosaurs.
Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), who handles the estate of aging tycoon Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), has asked Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to help rescue the dinosaurs. The late “Jurassic Park” founder John Hammond had set aside some land to serve as a sanctuary for the dinosaurs.
   There, is of course, a catch.
One dinosaur in particular — Blue from the 2015 “Jurassic World” film — is eluding rescuers. So Claire enlists the help of dinosaur trainer Owen (Chris Pratt) to rescue Blue. In addition to Claire and Owen, the dinosaur rescue team includes Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda), a member of the Dinosaur Protection Group and a paleo veterinarian, and Franklin Webb (Justice Smith), systems analyst for the Dinosaur Protection Group.
Smith provides the much-needed comic relief for this film, while Howard and Pratt reprise their roles as the dinosaur-loving duo. Lockwood’s granddaughter Maisie (Isabella Sermon) is a mysterious little girl who spends most of her days in the Gothic mansion, eavesdropping on the adults’ conversations.
Director J.A. Bayona has recaptured some of the mystery that “Jurassic Park” brought to audiences. It also includes a cameo from Jeff Goldblum, as scientist Dr. Ian Malcolm. Goldblum starred in the first two “Jurassic Park” films.
While the film is about dinosaurs, younger viewers may be frightened by some of the scenes. There’s a lot of intense action, but in comparison to the other films, this reviewer thinks it’s the best one yet.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and peril. The film is 2 hours and 8 minutes long.

Gable Pierce is a rising eighth-grader at Northeast Guilford Middle School and a Teens & 20s writer. Charity Apple, Accent editor and volunteer Teens & 20s adviser, contributed to this story.

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