Arriving at the cinema for the first time in quite some time (2 years , 3 days , 9 hours , eleven minutes… 32 seconds… but who’s counting, right!? ) I felt like normal was coming back in a Jurassic way! Huge line up for the Premier of huge movie! And it did not disappoint.
Director Colin Trevorrow’s version is a fun, action packed movie that I enjoyed start to finish. Dominion captures excitement & drama and although part of the second trilogy, it completes Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 classic story line. Jurassic Park introduced the world to the beauty and horror of Dinosaurs when the extinct species were bought back to life to present them to the world in a Zoo environment. We all know how that ended up.
The original film was followed up with two other movies, The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3. Then came the new series with Leader Actor Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) & Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), Jurassic World / Fallen Kingdom & the finale, Dominion. All of these had great story lines, action & adventure & of course cutting-edge animation & sound that bought the dinosaurs to life on the big screen.
The fun begins where we find that Scientist are still experimenting with Dinosaur DNA. Enter new species big and small and as a side effect, a human clone child. What could possibly go wrong!? Let’s just say the first two minutes, it’s Movieasaurus!
We are treated within the first three minutes when a Mosasaurus which is a huge amphibian crocodile that roams the oceans after escaping in The Fallen Kingdom, makes a spectacular entrance.
From there we are re-introduced to the original movie cast. Ellie (Laura Dern) and Grant (Sam Neill) who reconnect in more ways than one. They are bought together to discover the truth about genetically modified species that threatens the world.
This leads them to a new location, with a new villain, Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott) They connect with original movie cast member Ian Malcom (Jeff Goldblum) who is just as funny and witty as he ever was, thus completing the nostalgic trilogy and hey, that’s ok. We get to see original cast members reprising their roles to fans.
Enter Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) who are Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) who plays a pivotal role in the disastrous event before the world. They are introduced to the original three very naturally during the film and is extremely respectful. It’s a strong connection of the old and I’m sure movies & fans will love it.
I did get a chuckle from Chris Pratt Character Owen continues to use Jedi power tricks to control dinosaurs. If that was me, I’m sure I’d be a Dino meal!
As always, we are treated to the splendour of gentle giants that literally fill the entire screen. The sounds and visual effect are simply brilliant. And of course, no Jurassic movie is not complete with action packed chases filled with carnage and exciting moments of horror and escape.
With a swag of supporting roles that fill action scenes, always leaning on nostalgia for strength, I really think they got it right. And look, if you’re not impressed by old Dinosaur favourites like the Raptors or the Trex, perhaps the Giganotosaurus is more to your liking. They really do need a bigger screen to get it on there!
Overall, Dominion has an easy story line to follow. The Characters blend well together, and the feel-good nostalgia is endearing. The action is fast paced with close calls and not so close call. (Hey dinosaurs must eat, right?)
Finally, as always the is a climactic final fight scene that is loud & true to the big finales of previous films that will not disappoint anyone.
Movie Review By Peter Pap