Fran­chise has fallen FEA­TURE FLICK

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - J.A. Bay­ona Chris Pratt, Bryce Dal­las Howard In cin­e­mas now Ju­lian Wright

LIFE may find a way, ac­cord­ing to Juras­sic Park char­ac­ter Ian Malcolm (Jeff Gold­blum), but this fran­chise has cer­tainly lost its way.

The fifth in the se­ries since the 1993 clas­sic roared onto the screens and into block­buster his­tory, Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom cer­tainly keeps up the dino quo­tient but its teeth are not as sharp as it once was.

Three years af­ter the di­nosaurs ran amok on pop­u­lar theme park is­land Juras­sic World, the vol­cano the park sits at the base of is about to erupt, rais­ing all sorts of eth­i­cal is­sues about the cloned crea­tures’ sur­vival.

For­mer park em­ployee Claire Dear­ing (Bryce Dal­las Howard) JURAS­SIC WORLD: FALLEN KING­DOM (M) ★★½

Di­rected by: Star­ring:

Screen­ing: Re­viewed by: wants them saved but the gov­ern­ment dis­agrees, re­fus­ing to put up the cash.

En­ter multi-bil­lion­aire Ben­jamin Lock­wood (James Cromwell) who, from his death bed, funds the ex­pe­di­tion and hires Claire and dino whis­perer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to go along, ac­com­pa­nied by his right hand man Eli Mills (Rafe Spall).

Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom is keen to raise some thought-pro­vok­ing eth­i­cal sit­u­a­tions (as did the orig­i­nal) but is com­pletely un­in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing them.

Dis­cus­sions last all of about 90 sec­onds be­fore char­ac­ters are run­ning around again, avoid­ing the T-rex and out­run­ning lava.

A bomb­shell twist is dropped about one of the key char­ac­ters 20 min­utes from the end which opens up a whole can of worms that leaves us hang­ing and its ex­is­tence seems merely to set us up for a clunky one-liner.

The dino ac­tion is pass­able and there are a cou­ple of jolts that are a nice re­minder of how scary the orig­i­nal was, but this is the sil­li­est en­try of the fran­chise so far.

Di­nosaurs are back on the loose.

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