The movie start review for Jurassic World 3: A New Age

The movie start review for Jurassic World 3: A New Age
Written by insideindyhomes

So far, the locations of the “Jurassic” films have mainly been limited to remote islands. Only in the finale of Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World did a lone T-Rex run amok in San Diego Harbor. But the final shots of Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom have already heralded it: the franchise is taking on global proportions for the first time as the second trilogy concludes! After the dinosaurs that fled from Isla Nubar have spread around the world, humans and primordial giants suddenly have to coexist – more or less peacefully. That sounds pretty exciting at first – and in the first few minutes of “Jurassic World 3: A New Age“ you can also see all sorts of news clippings in which humans and dinosaurs spectacularly clash (and which were also seen in the short film “Battle At Big Rock”).

How is a society like this supposed to work? A number of fascinating (everyday) questions immediately arise – not to mention the almost endless scenarios for crazy action scenes. Really everything suddenly seems possible – for example when a Mosasaurus capsizes a cargo ship, which directly evokes memories of the sea monsters from old mythology classics. But instead of continuing in this direction, director and co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow tells what is probably the most uninteresting story imaginable: “Jurassic World 3: A New Age” turns out to be a low-tension, mercilessly overloaded and often confusingly told James Bond knock-off in which genetically engineered locusts and a cloned teenage girl play more important roles in the plot than the eponymous dinosaurs. So the grand finale turns out to be a massive disappointment.

At least for the first few minutes, it’s still about what it actually means when humans and dinosaurs share the planet…

Dinosaurs are everywhere now. However, raptor tamer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and dinosaur activist Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) have a much bigger problem: At their remote cabin, they take care of teenage girl Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), who is from their deceased mother was cloned using a process that could revolutionize genetic engineering. So it’s no wonder that half the world is after the girl – and indeed she is soon kidnapped by a group of poachers.

Meanwhile, biologist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) investigates what appears to be genetically engineered locusts that are threatening to wipe out the entire US crop. Only the fields with the seeds of the genetic engineering company Biosyn of tech guru Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott) are mysteriously spared. With the help of paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), she wants to get to the bottom of the matter. It turns out that the threads apparently all come together in the Biosyn Dino Reserve in the Dolomites…

mass instead of class

There are far, far more different dinosaurs in Jurassic World 3: A New Age than in any other installment in the series. Among them there are also some nostalgic references to the first “Jurassic Park”: For example, the T-Rex, which was increasingly downgraded in the previous films, finally takes its place again – and the acid-spitting one Dilophosaurus with its adjustable neck comb also looks for one or the other jump scare over. Nevertheless, this time none of the dinosaurs will be remembered any longer. With the exception of a few strong shots, for example of a dinosaur rushing under the ice of the lake, the dinosaur guest performances are mostly just too short and not well prepared to create lasting moments – especially since Colin Trevorrow after Juan Antonio Bayona’s much more visionary “Jurassic World 2” shows once again that he is “only” a solid blockbuster craftsman without any recognizable signature.

The biggest problem with “Jurassic World 3: A New Age” is not the staging, but the screenplay by Trevorrow and his co-writer Emily Carmichael (“Pacific Rim 2”). It is so stuffed with unnecessary story ballast about the locust conspiracy and the clone kidnapping that there is hardly any time left for the actually central elements of the film and the franchise (read: the dinosaurs & the human protagonists): From the rough raptor tamer charisma of a Chris Pratt, who this time feels hardly allowed to speak more than two handfuls of sentences, as well as his great chemistry with Bryce Dallas Howard (“Rocketman”), this time only trace elements can be identified – and even after 20 years The subsequent flirtation between the series returnees Sam Neill (“Thor 4”) and Laura Dern (Oscar for “Marriage Story”) doesn’t really want to spark.

Old and new franchise heroes have to work together – but the sparks don’t really fly.

What the appearances of legacy characters As far as is concerned, it has been done much better in “Star Wars 7”, “Ghostbusters: Legacy” and “Scream 5” – even if you get a bit of goosebumps when in the scenes with Sattler and Grant the “Jurassic Park ” theme resonates. The only one who doesn’t let himself be restricted by an unrestrainedly overloaded plot is, unsurprisingly, Jeff Goldblum (“Independence Day 2”), who of course steals every scene in which his chaos theorist, philosophizing about the end of the world, appears. Campbell Scott (“House Of Cards”), on the other hand, gets an amazing amount of screen time as a megalomaniac tech-CIO. But instead of admitting his ambivalent side, Lewis Dodgson quickly turns out to be just plain evil Steve Jobs twins. A dreary villain, especially since Mark Rylance took practically the same role so absurdly far in “Don’t Look Up” that you can hardly take it seriously now anyway.

When everyone finally comes together in the Biosyn reserve, which is fittingly reminiscent of a classic Bond villain hideout, the action finale keeps escalating until, despite the almost endless supply of dinosaurs, the air just runs out at some point. Simply too little was done beforehand to weld the new and old “Jurassic” heroes into a community that was also exciting for the audience. Instead, Colin Trevorrow closes his “Jurassic World” trilogy with unintentionally funny eco-kitsch pictures and thus lets the mega-franchise end with only bashful laughter instead of a loud bang. The “Jurassic World” and especially the “Jurassic Park” blockbusters simply don’t deserve such a finale…

Conclusion: The low point of the series so far. Overloaded and tedious, rather than fun and suspenseful, and while there are more dinosaurs than ever before, the primordial giants play a surprisingly minor role in this 007-esque global blockbuster.

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