Jurassic World: Dominion, A Franchise Gone Extinct
Updated: Sep 11
Jurassic World has always been one of the most exciting cinema franchises in American movie history. Starting from the release of the first Jurassic Park movie in 1993 taking place in a small park with multiple Jurassic Park movies, to a reboot in 2015 known as Jurassic World, introducing a bigger park, new cast, and better quality action. Each movie brings a certain conflict or situation with dinosaurs that people have to solve. Jurassic World not only shows the audience the fierce and terrifying act of dinosaurs through amazing CGI and animatronics but also portrays the concept of humans and dinosaurs in the same era and what that would look like. However, that concept failed to connect with Jurassic World: Dominion. Dominion takes the Jurassic World franchise in an entirely different direction. In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the plot explains how dinosaurs must move out of the old island because a volcano is about to erupt. Bringing arguments on whether the dinosaurs should be left on the island to become extinct or should be let into human society. After saving the dinosaurs, we are left with a couple of burning questions that we hope to see answered in Jurassic World Dominion.
One of the biggest questions we wanted to know was how will Dinosaurs adapt to human society? However, Dominion attempts to take a different approach that does not answer the question at all and instead decides to leave that question to the side and instead go for a plot nobody expected or cared about: bugs. A company called BioSyn secretly creates giant locusts for everybody's crops except for BioSyn crops. This way they could dominate agriculture, and the main characters must figure out how to destroy the locusts and the company. This plot does bring an interesting concept, but how does it connect with dinosaurs?
Dominion not only fails to bring a plot about how dinosaurs will adapt to human society, but also fails to include dinosaurs at all. It seems as if the dinosaurs were just there as an obstacle. Of course, dinosaurs are always the obstacle in every Jurassic World film. However, in Dominion, the dinosaurs were not even the plot’s main concern, and just felt like they were included in the film to scare the characters and then leave, instead of being the main source of the franchise.
Dominion attempts to create some nostalgia by bringing back Sam Neill and Laura Dern, the old cast from Jurassic Park. Yet, the original cast does not portray any sort of excitement, with Sam Neill focusing on bugs leaving the audience to feel distant from the same character we knew from Jurassic Park. We were hoping to get a Sam Neill and Laura Dern adventure focused on the original plot the franchise started off withs. But when they focus on an objective to stop mutant bugs, we are introduced to different characters who feel like a shell of their original form. Jurassic World: Dominion still brought a few positive qualities throughout the movie. Although the dinosaurs weren’t exactly the main plot, they still portrayed amazing scenes. Whether it’s trying to hide from a terrifying T-Rex or when dinosaurs start to fight each other, each scene with a dinosaur still brings a thrilling and action-packed moment to the audience. I feel that this will always be one of Jurassic World’s best traits, how they can always make a scene with dinosaurs seem repetitive yet get that thrilling feeling every single time. One of my favorite scenes was when one of the main characters in the Jurassic World franchise, Claire, hid underwater from a dinosaur as she was trying to hold her breath. The dinosaur slowly crept towards the water and you can see how close it is to Claire. This scene made us question how the dinosaurs would react and if Claire would get caught.
The movie also brings different kinds of dinosaurs that are more terrifying and more fierce bringing a terrifying act with amazing CGI and animatronics. One of my favorite scenes was when T-Rex stands over the Giganotosaurus and roars as the rain and lightning strike behind it bringing a chilly feeling. Another one of my favorite scenes was at the end when the different types of dinosaurs and animals coexist with one another in different ecosystems. Each shot shows the beauty of wildlife from two different eras coexisting with each other. I was very surprised at how some scenes were beautifully made, especially at the ending, which I honestly believe is one of the best scenes in cinema history.
Jurassic World: Dominion does bring a lot of great traits to the movie, with action-packed and aesthetic scenes that make it enjoyable to watch. Yet, the awful storyline affects the entire film as they focus on a completely unrelated idea to the franchise, making it hard to be called a Jurassic World movie. Because of the weak plot I would rate this movie a 5/10, yet the enjoyable action and thrill saved part of the movie. If they were ever to make another Jurassic World movie in the future, I hope they will create something we as an audience would be interested to see in the Jurassic World Franchise.