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The final entry in the trilogy, Jurassic World: Dominion brings together the cast of Jurassic World and Jurassic Park for more dangerous dinosaur adventures. The plot holes may be the size of a Brontosaurus as the film moves from set to setting, says Adam Fresco, but there’s a lot to enjoy, including Sam Neill’s nostalgic trio Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum.

Three Jurassic Park movies and now three Jurassic World movies later and the plot can still be summed up in seven words: “Dinosaurs run rampant. The heroes escape and escape. The difference in this sixth installment in a series known as “65 Million Years in the Making” is that the dinosaurs are now free to roam the world and the original cast are all back.

In a world of reboots, reimaginings, sequels and prequels, the nostalgic trick of bringing back old faces for fans never fails to delight – from Tom Cruise returning as the Maverick to reuniting with the Ghostbusters, there’s has an undeniable appeal in seeing the original stars resurrected. with the range of once extinct prehistoric beasts.

The chemistry between Sam Neill (back as Dr. Alan Grant), Laura Dern (as Dr. Ellie Sattler), and Jeff Goldblum (as Dr. Ian Malcolm), still pops and sparkles — maybe it’s just not as exciting to join as it was to catch up with Han and Chewie on the Millennium Falcon in The Force Awakens, but it certainly scratches the nostalgia of anyone old enough to remember the franchise’s launch version of Spielberg on Michael Crichton’s science fiction novel The Last Century in 1993.

Sam Neill and Laura Dern have the most to do as they embark on an adventure investigating giant genetically engineered locusts that seem intent on devastating the global food chain. Jeff Goldblum, meanwhile, arrives, puts on his famous sunglasses, undoes a few shirt buttons, dramatically takes off his sunglasses and delivers the best line in the film: “Jurassic World? Not a fan.”

If you’re a fan of the previous two Jurassic World pics and remember the last film’s introduction to Charlotte Lockwood (teenage actress Isabella Sermon), the young girl who is a genetic clone of a billionaire’s daughter, who knew the original architect of Jurassic Park, John Hammond, then you’ll have no problem catching up. For those with Stone Age memories like me, there’s an effective, albeit clunky, online news-style montage to bring you up to speed.

Since the last movie, dinosaurs have been everywhere, and humanity must learn to live with (and not be eaten by) the resurrected reptiles. Point out factory farming, illegal animal testing, hunting and unnecessary cruelty by humans exploiting prehistoric beasts, and a chilling (but brief) scene of two children on a farm being chased by a swarm of giant locusts , and the adventure starts before you can say “Wait”, “What?” or “Why?”

Jurassic Park originals join Jurassic World newbies, with Chris Pratt’s dinosaur whisperer Owen Grady returning for a third round alongside Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu and French star Omar Sy as Barry. Pratt is no Harrison Ford, and despite his engaging Starlord characterization in Guardians of the Galaxy, outside of the MCU he remains rather bland, with little to flesh him out as anything other than the generic hero with meaning. humor and talent. to make dinosaur heels.

The new cast didn’t have much to do in their first two outings, and while this third one tries to at least develop them somewhat, their characters are thrown into the shadows by the returning original cast members. , which seem more complete, more fun. characters. Sure, it might just be nostalgia or decades of familiarity with the public, but there’s no denying that the screen lights up a little more each time the camera catches Neill, Dern or Goldblum do their “Oh no, not again” thing.

I could complain about the crushing of old and new franchise characters, the bloated plot, the convoluted narrative, and the movie’s desire to rush, rush, rush to the next action scene, the next new species of dinosaur and the next unlikely twist, but that would be missing the point. A point summed up in these seven words of the essential pitch of the franchise: “Dinosaurs are rampant. The heroes escape and escape. What theyre doing. And with new species rampaging, in new places, there’s plenty to enjoy as our protagonists run, escape, and escape in a series of action scenes staged with growing excitement, logic… absurdity and pure cinematic joy.

Hats off to the fantastic special effects and editing, which grab the attention and propel the viewer through the action at such a frenetic pace you could almost forget the pieces aren’t a whole. But these plays are such well-acted action scenes that, as with previous sequels, it doesn’t matter that the narrative is a little messy, because prehistoric nitpicking would be dishonest. This is a family franchise built as a thrill ride, based on the establishment that there are real dinosaurs roaming free in the modern world (because, uh, science), than those who have a taste for meat and chaos are relentless predators, and we make weak and tasty prey.

The big bad here is a biotech company, run by Campbell Scott playing a blond Steve Jobs, with the moral scruples of a billionaire velociraptor. Morality is basically Frankenstein, science playing God and interfering in genetics with monstrous results, and the modern twist is the environmental message that the return of an extinct species evokes. But that should never get in the way of the good old hunt and escape adventure. At best, that’s what Dominion offers and it delivers by the dinosaur bucket. From Therizinosaurus, Atrociraptors and the enormous Giganotosaurus, there are many new beasts, which cross the city roads, cross the snowy peaks, swim in the oceans, fly in the sky and punch holes in the planes.

Speaking of plot holes, the plot holes are gigantic, with far too many scenes relying on unlikely coincidence. Characters crash land and stumble across giant jungle landscapes with others, or arrive just in time to save someone from being a dino-snack. Unlikely plot aside, it’s the CGI and animatronic dinosaurs that steal the show, though the real puppet creatures look pretty rubbery on the big screen compared to their digital counterparts. But despite the plot holes, incredible coincidences, narrative bloat and character overload, if you’re looking for a Jurassic World sequel that also thinks it’s a James Bond and Indiana Jones hybrid, you can’t go wrong with this big-screen adventure.

Dominion proves an entertaining but uneven adventure, with plot holes large enough for a Brontosaurus to burst. But if cinema is all about escaping reality, then director Colin Trevorrow’s sequel delivers on the promise of uniting actors old and new in a heartbreaking family adventure that’s big, silly and, above all, fun.