(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

Before the start of JURASSIC WORLD--DOMINION, the dinosaurs (and mosasaurs, and pterodactyls and probably other non-dinosaur animals) were rescued from Isla Nublar and taken to a mainland refuge. However, they escaped and spread throughout the world.

It is surprising that so many of the characters from the first chapter are still around to show up to this reunion, and also that the old good guys turn into new good guys. (But why is she always *Doctor* Ellie Sattler, and he is just plain Alan Grant?) The plot manages to allow for some exotic international locations, sort of like a James Bond film. And at least one scene had us saying, "We haven't seen anything like this since VALLEY OF GWANGI."

But the multiple locations contribute to making the plot a little hard to follow, and the film longer than it really needs to be. The re-uniting of the original cast, and the really bad Hollywood touch at the end, would seem to indicate that this is the conclusion if the series. (And the final silhouette sequence, while poetic, raises more issues than it resolves. For starters, if currently existing species are endangered by habitat loss, wouldn't adding more species effectively occupying the same ecological niche just make it worse?)

Hey, it's got giant dinosaurs and all, so it's not a total waste of time, but it is basically relying on that to carry the entire film.

Released theatrically 10 June 2022. Rating: high +1 (-4 to +4), or 6/10

Film Credits: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8041270/reference

What others are saying: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jurassic_world_dominion

					Mark R. Leeper
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