It is difficult to know exactly when I first felt the deformation of the continuous space-time beneath me Jurassic World Dominion, but I’m sure it happened under the streets of Malta. The island nation has become a hot spot for dinosaur trafficking, a big problem in this movie universe. Thanks to the mistakes of a few overly ambitious scientists, all kinds of ancient reptiles have taken over the planet. But that’s not why Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Clare Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) have found themselves in a Mediterranean sewer. The heroes are there to rescue their daughter: a young human clone.
Written, all of this sounds pretty original and even compelling. But on screen, it’s a strange collision of troops drawn from the successful summer franchises of recent decades. A walk through the dinosaur underground market can also be a visit to an outside world Star Wars movie, and then there’s a parkour-laden chase through sunburned streets that clearly looks like a certain chase scene from the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace. He is followed by Chris Pratt somehow driving a motorcycle to a moving plane in a stunt that I’m pretty sure I saw Tom Cruise do in one of the Mission impossible sequelae. Meanwhile, a little in the background, the stars of Jurassic Park they are busy reliving the plot of the original film.
Speaking of stars, even if you haven’t seen the latest movies in the Jurassic universe, Control It’s worth watching, if only to see Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum on the same screen for the first time since the 1994 film. This is directed by Steven Spielberg with a legendary John Williams, all based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. Jurassic Park offered a look at a world where we could use technology to create clones of extinct species for theme park purposes. The concept seemed absurd at the time, but with the arrival of the final film of the second Jurassic trilogy, people are cloning their pets and it looks like it may be within reach of returning the woolly mammoth.
Why not clone? Jurassic Park? That’s not exactly what Jurassic World Dominion it is proposed to do. Rather, how The Matrix Resurrections i Shout out before that, the film creates a new chapter in a decades-old franchise by combining a new plot with a reimagined version of the original. That means finding a way to insert old dinosaur enthusiasts (Dern, Neill and Goldblum) into a story that revolves around contemporary versions of their ancient characters (Howard, Pratt and … well, there’s no substitute by Jeff Goldblum in no case). world). Fans love this kind of thing, and it’s especially suitable for this universe. After all, Michael Crichton had never written a sequel before Jurassic Park The film was so successful that fans asked for a sequel and got one. This dynamic is not so different from what we are seeing in movies today.
Welcome to the era of nostalgic reboots. The great summer hit as we knew it before, usually a roller coaster full of action and stars on the screen, has been replaced by a recycled version of all the roller coaster full of action and stars of years. past. In the event that Jurassic World Dominion, is not only intellectual property of 30 years ago but also a small dose of all the ideas to make money that have come to the big screen since then. The only ones who are more likely to get the nostalgic reboots get a big budget and big distribution deals are superhero movies, because the studios also know the staff and the audience knows what they will get if they spend $ 12 on a ticket. Good luck finding an independent drama at your local theater. Jurassic Park Dominion i Top Gun: Maverick they will probably play on all eight screens.
Reboots, however, can be fun. Jurassic World Dominion it’s a blast, especially if you want to remember how amazing the original was. The new film offers parallel arguments that finally cross paths. A collection just where Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom left and focuses on Grady and Dearing, whose adopted daughter Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) is kidnapped by poachers of dinosaurs at the beginning of the film. The other follows Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) as she rescues captured dinosaurs, only to discover that a race of giant prehistoric locusts is multiplying and eating the world’s food supply. But Sattler finds out that the locusts are not eating the seed-planted crops made by a company called Biosys, so he goes to visit his fellow paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and invites him on a trip to the Biosys headquarters, where his former friend Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) works as a philosopher at the residence.
Did I mention that dinosaurs have taken over the planet? That surprised me too. I remembered that some dinosaurs escaped into nature in the end Fallen Kingdombut what we see there Control it’s really amazing. The film opens with a news segment from Now This about how dinosaurs are wreaking havoc all over our built environment. There are pterosaurs nesting on top of the World Trade Center! (Now This and Vox share a parent company, Vox Media.)
So unlike all of the above Jurassic Park movies, there is no island from which the main characters must finally escape. After all, there are dinosaurs all over the world now, it doesn’t make sense to try to beat them. The place where the two plot lines intersect, Biosys HQ, is a different type of island. This is where the company is doing all its experiments with dinosaurs, all contained in this massive complex somewhere in the Dolomites of northern Italy.
If the name Biosys sounds familiar to you, by the way, congratulations: you’re one Jurassic Park superfan. Biosys is the company responsible for the incitement incident in the 1994 film, which involved Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) trying to steal the embryos of 15 species of dinosaurs so that Biosys could raise his own. The main villain a Jurassic Park Dominion is Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott), the character who appeared very briefly in the original film (played by Cameron Thor at the time): he was on screen long enough to give Nedry a can of Barbasol that had been modified to store dinosaur embryos. Dodgson’s chief scientist, you’ll learn, is Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong), the same one who developed the DNA splicing technique that made it possible for dinosaurs to come back to life in the movie 1994. Don’t worry, these details will be useful.
Once everyone is in the Biosys complex, things heat up. The legacy cast continues its mission to save the world from the giant locusts, while Grady and Dearing Jurassic World the crew tries to find their adopted clone daughter. We even meet a couple of new characters: the reformed poacher Kayla Watts (DeWanda Wise) and the head of Biosys Ramsay Cole (Mamoudou Athie), who bring some diversity to what has historically been an almost all-white cast. The last hour of the film is devoted, otherwise, to dropping the big bad Dodgson, who looks strikingly like Tim Cook, and making references to the classic. Jurassic Park. It has it all: Malcolm distracts a T. rex with a torch, a run down an SUV with a T. rex on top, more than a battle between a T. rex and a dinosaur that is supposed to he is bigger and meaner. that the T. rex. Everyone knows, though, that’s it Jurassic Park: The T. rex will win, and roar in the sky full of lightning.
All of this points to the central theme that the Jurassic Park universe has always explored: the tension between man, technology, and nature. And while previous installments are heavily based on a message about humans’ habit of tweaking biodiversity, director Colin Trevorrow clearly wants you to think that Control is a story of climate change. The prehistoric locust plague began with Dr. Wu manipulating the insect’s DNA, causing a chain reaction that threatens to leave the planet barren, and at some point, the locusts literally rain fire from above. If Drs. Sattler, Grant and Malcolm are not involved, the world could burn as well.
But when you’re sitting in the audience, you probably don’t think much about climate change or biodiversity. You will be too busy thinking about how much you love Jurassic Park. But you may not be able to reconcile your love for the original with the struggle to make the new trilogy, which was never as powerful as the original. Steven Spielberg has an executive producer credit Controlbut what we see most about his work are references to other Spielberg films.
You can almost separate Jurassic Park Dominion‘s two stories competing in their own films, but no plot is so interesting. The main one, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, is a derivative and inevitably a bit boring, as it involves a couple of parents trying to find a lost child. The nostalgic, starring in the original cast of Jurassic Park, seems like a cheap but extremely familiar trick: grab an old fan favorite, mix up some details, hire the same actors and turn it into a new movie that many people will buy tickets for. to go see. It’s the same thing you’ll see Top Gun: Maverickand we saw a version of it last year at Spider-Man: No Way Home. The formula works. He Top Gun reboot earned more than $ 250 million in its first two weekends. He Spiderman. Spider-Man which includes all the old Spider-Man movies that earned nearly $ 2 billion at the box office. Industry experts are already saying that Jurassic Park Dominion it will be the next billion dollar success.
There is nothing wrong with a good nostalgic restart. Reboots and remakes have been around for as long as movies. Heck, there have been at least four versions of A Star Has Been Born done over a century! What’s a little worrying, though, is that if the only movies Hollywood wants to make are the reboots of reliably successful franchises (and superhero movies, of course), that’s a lot of talent and money that doesn’t they will serve to make completely new functions for the cinemas. As my colleague Peter Kafka recently argued, the future of movies seems pretty bleak in a world where studios only want guaranteed box office success and everything else is relegated to streaming services.
Industry trends aside, Jurassic World Dominion it’s an awesome mess of a movie. It is full of plot holes disguised as scientific miracles. It looks like a cake of Steven Spielberg’s greatest hits; seriously, there are several scenes that may also be in the next Indiana Jones sequel, and it’s fun. It’s 150 minutes of dinosaurs, both CGI and animatronic, that will excite children. He is strong.
I’ll probably see you again next weekend. I’ve seen it before Top Gun: Maverickand there’s not much else playing.