THE IMMERSIVE ‘JURASSIC’ EXPERIENCE

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Jurassic World Dominion, one of the most anticipated feature films of the year, based on the world’s most popular dinosaur franchise, released recently. The film features a world that sees humans and dinosaurs trying to co-exist, while a big pharmaceutical giant has its own secret agenda.

The larger-than-life production comes as the sequel to 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and is the final film as part of the popular Jurassic World trilogy, which marks the sixth instalment as part of the Jurassic Park franchise, as it focuses on the conclusion that began in the original Jurassic Park trilogy.

The well-rounded science fiction film, set four years after the events that took place at Isla Nublar, the plot is once again filled with action, as it goes back to where it all began. Now in a Jurassic new normal around the world, humans, and dinosaurs live side by side trying to co-exist, which is a concept that takes some getting used to.

The unique feature film brings back the original cast, creating a powerful sense of nostalgia for fans who grew up watching and re-watching the Jurassic Park series films. This is supported by both fresh and some familiar music by Michael Giachino which complements the atmosphere that has been recreated with cinematography by John Schwartzman, based on characters by Michael Crichton.

The ensemble series cast return to reprise their roles, with star Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, a former Jurassic World staff member, and ethologist, who is enthusiastic about training velociraptors. Bryce Dallas Howard returns as Claire Dearing, the former park manager at Jurassic World, who now raise Maisie Lockwood (played by new cast member Isabella Sermon), together with Owen, as adoptive parents.

The highlight for fans is that the story brings back the stars from the original, Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, the former consultant at Jurassic Park, who is a mathematician, specialising in chaos theory, alongside Laura Dern returning as Dr. Ellie Sattler, who in the original had travelled to John Hammond’s Jurassic Park as a consultant palaeobotanist. While Sam Neill returns as Alan Grant, a palaeontologist, who consulted for the original park. This is the first time after 1993, that the three iconic stars have appeared together.The film also sees BD Wong, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, and Omar Sy,reprise their roles from films in the Jurassic Park franchise.

The film also introduces DeWanda Wise as Kayla Watts, a pilot who works for herself, and proves to be a crucial new ally. Mamoudou Athie as Ramsay Cole, the Head of Communications and, Dr. Lewis Dodgson as CEO, played by Campbell Scott (previously in 1993 the role was played by Cameron Thor), at Biosyn Genetics, that now owns and controls the new habitat and research facility.

The 146-minute film, like its predecessors, sees returning director Colin Trevorrow, collaborating with the director of the original, Steven Spielberg, who serves as acting executive producer, working together with producers Patrick Crowley and Frank Marshall, in collaboration with production companies Perfect World Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

With the taglines ‘the epic conclusion of the Jurassic era’ and ‘Dinosaurs rule the earth’ Jurassic World Dominion, like many films in the last two years, saw its share of delays, obstacles and setbacks during the pandemic, but has finally made its way to cinemas.

Made with a budget of US$185 million, the film easily earned over 389 million at the worldwide box-office, proving to be a complete financial success, while receiving mixed reviews from both viewers and critics with some appreciating the unique immersive experience the film creates, with creative attention to detail, while others found that there were too many components that were far too similar to its predecessors. The film’s release was plagued by low ratings with a disappointing 30 per cent featured on Rotten Tomatoes and 6/10 on IMDb.

Jurassic World Dominion delivers a well-rounded storyline, which includes kidnapping, clones, Apex predators, fast paced chase scenes with dinosaurs, components that initially look like cowboys rounding-up dinosaurs like cattle, DNA engineered pests, a food shortage being created, a corrupt new pharmaceutical giant, and even an old love affair being renewed.

Filmed in Malta, Canada and England’s Pinewood Studios, this new release feels like the strongest in the sequel trilogy, echoing the popular words ‘life cannot be contained,” while a cast of new and old stars seamlessly interact, in a story that takes viewers into an immersive experience in a new world where humans and dinosaurs coexist.

By Nirupa Mohan Dore