Four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed, dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance was set to determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures. Jurassic Park Dominion is finally here – the legacy of my childhood in its conclusion – but is it the Dominion I was hoping for?
Since Maisie Lockwood made the call to set the dinosaurs, her ‘kindred clones’, free on an unsuspecting planet, Owen, Claire Dearing and Maisie have been living off grid. It’s appropriate since the state of the world is kind of their fault and the rest of humanity are grappling with what it means to no longer be at the top of the food chain.
These dinosaurs, which are somehow immune to cold now (you know, the thing that messed ‘em up real good the first time around), are only here after a cruel attempt to sell them on the blackmarket backfired, proving that yet again the most dangerous creature on earth to people is… other people.
Sure, Jurassic Park taught us that a raptor could open a door — but can it eat through concrete? Can it successfully use the weird electronic swipe card that I need to get into our office building? Can it fix the lock on my front door? (No seriously, can it?)
But I wouldn’t give them great odds against things like “London rush hour traffic” or the sheer stopping power of modern weaponry and unfortunately most of the questions I went in with remain unanswered.
Without giving too much away there isn’t a lot of exploration into this new world. In fact there’s a new containment facility, a new power hungry tyrant and a new way of controlling the prehistoric predators – all of which seem half thought through and not at all the movie I was expecting to see.
There’s a ‘shock reveal’ that neither hit hard or changed any dynamic for me, a look at the brutality of human kind in its realist form toward any species different to our own and a whole lot of Chris Pratt’s palm.
There isn’t a lot of people getting munched, intriguing ties to the original trilogy or bare Jeff Goldblum chest – everything I was looking for.
Whilst you might think maybe I went in with my expectations too high, I can say I actually didn’t ask a lot from this movie and still left the cinema feeling, well…. disenchanted.
To have Jurassic Park Dominion as the final instalment feels unresolved, left open yet it’s supposed to be closed and no promise that the questions will ever be answered. This could have been monumental, but there is something so arbitrary, CGI-bound and jeopardy-free about it. Instead it felt lethargic and repetitive, relying on the need for nostalgia instead of a purpose for the film.