‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Review: Entertaining but not satisfying

Directed by Colin Tevorrow

It looks and feels like the Jurassic franchise has ran out of ideas. Jurassic World Dominion knows how to entertain. It knows how to build big action sequences but you’re sometimes wondering, what’s the point? Where is this heading? Does this mean something to the story? It’s entertaining but it’s not satisfying.

I like how Jurassic World rebooted or continued the Jurassic franchise. It reignited my love for dinosaurs on the big screen and added or brought back my anticipation for what the installments can offer. Sadly, the second one did not reached my expectations and thought that the ending was problematic. But this, Jurassic World Dominion, I was really confused and disappointed with what they called “the epic conclusion of the Jurassic era.” I mean, that’s it?

The film wants to tell a lot of stories. It wants you to know what happens to the world when you release tons of dinosaurs into the world, it wants you to know how a big corporation can hide something that might lead famine and will eventually lead to the extinction of mankind, it wants to tell a story of how a cloned or experimented human and dinosaur lives.

But between those storylines, you get to experience big set pieces that takes you on the edge of your seats. Dinosaurs fighting other dinosaurs, the past and present Jurassic cast interacting and doing everything to survive. It both pleases fans of the franchise and fans of action adventure movies.

I’m torn with the scenes that feel like it’s heading nowhere because those are the scenes that gave tension and suspense. It feels like the film is written as if they just wanted these set pieces in the last draft of the screenplay. It doesn’t matter if they made sense or if they add to the emotional journey of the characters because these are what made Jurassic World Dominion the film. These ideas are the film.

Maybe on my second viewing, it’ll be better. I wouldn’t expect more from the story, just enjoy the ride. But how I felt about the movie probably wouldn’t change though.


Jurassic World Dominion is now showing in Philippine cinemas and IMAX Theatres from Universal Pictures International. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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