Movie Review: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Delivers On The Horror

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom movie review

At first glance, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM seemed like it took a script page from JURASSIC WORLD: LOST WORLD, but that's not the case and the sequel to JURASSIC WORLD is one of the more enjoyable JURASSIC PARK sequels that's as scary as the original 1990 film.

CineMovie spoke to director J.A. Bayona (THE IMPOSSIBLE, THE ORPHANAGE) in 2016 for A MONSTER CALLS, he told us he was planning a scarier sequel, and he succeeded. JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM is an intense ride with cringe-worthy moments that remind you of the original scares from Steven Spielberg's film. At two hours and 10 minutes, the time passes quickly with non-stop action and peril.  

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Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles in JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM with the same kind of chemistry that made the first JURASSIC WORLD work. There's less comedy than its predecessor, but it works to maintain the suspense. 

And it being a JURASSIC PARK movie, the stakes are high when a child is in danger. Actress Isabella Sermon is a bright and clever child who outmaneuvers the adults and dinosaurs. 

There are a few moments that will get you teary-eyed when innocent creatures are in peril rather than eating up humans. Believe it or not, you'll even feel compassion for the T-Rex because of what it represents in the real world.

Like JURASSIC PARK, FALLEN KINGDOM asks the eternal question of man's interference in creation and corporate greed. These themes are a constant in these films, but more so in the latest installment in the franchise. Sometimes it hits you over the head, but it gets the point across. 

Like JURASSIC WORLD, FALLEN KINGDOM will once again divide audiences opinion about the film. Critics had a tepid reaction, but FALLEN KINGDOM is why we go to the movies - to be entertained and marvel at the special effects that bring these monstrous creatures to life. 

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM roars into movie theaters June 21. 


It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Stars Pratt and Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. They are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the filmmakers for this stunning installment. Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer.



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