Hollywood finds a way—to keep telling the same stories over and over again. If you’ve seen The Lost World: Jurassic Park—the 1997 sequel to 1993’s Jurassic Park—then you’ve pretty much seen this sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World reboot of the franchise. Once again, rich assholes want to “rescue” dinosaurs left behind after the park was abandoned. (This doesn’t go well.) Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt are somehow even blander this time around, but hey, the sequence in which the island’s volcano goes kerflooey and the panic that sets off among the humans and the dinosaurs to escape it is deliciously intense; see this in IMAX if you plan to see it at all. The promise that this movie was sold on—“Welcome to Jurassic world,” i.e., the dinosaurs are loose and rambling everywhere, no longer constrained on a remote island—is but one of several potentially intriguing sci-fi ideas that this middle-movie exercise in callbacks doesn’t have a lot of interest in exploring. It’s clearly keeping this one in reserve for the next film (currently due in 2021). Still: dinosaurs, right?
Director: J.A. Bayona
Producer: Frank Marshall, Belén Atienza, Patrick Crowley, Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Thomas Tull
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, BD Wong, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin, Justice Smith, Peter Jason and Isabella Sermon