“Jurassic World’s latest film has a convoluted, cliched plot” – Andy Lea

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Andy Lea says that the plot of Jurassic World Dominion is not interesting but full of clichés. And, while humans have aged remarkably well, time has not been kind to the dinosaurs.

Jurassic World Dominion releases Friday

“You look alike,” says Laura Dern as she catches up with Sam Neill in the sixth and hopefully final installment of the dinosaur franchise.

She scores a point. Neill is now 74, but his grumpy paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant is so well preserved you wonder if he’s spent the past 29 years in a bubble of amber.

Soon they will be joined by another member of Stephen Spielberg’s groundbreaking Jurassic Park. He’s an incredibly fit and lush Jeff Goldblum, who at 69 can still convincingly fight a T Rex with a flaming torch.

Unfortunately, while the returning humans have aged remarkably well, time hasn’t been kind to the dinosaurs.

Movies have moved on at a fair pace since Spielberg wowed us with cutting-edge special effects in 1993, and director Colin Treverrow’s decision to use retro animatronic dinosaurs is an asteroid-sized disaster.

In close-up, the squeaky dino-bots fail to summon the required oohs and aahs. And when the director turns to CGI, his giant lizards look a few millennia behind the photorealistic stars of the Lion King remake.







A Giganotosaurus and a T Rex in Jurassic World Dominion
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But the convoluted and clichéd plot is an even bigger problem. It’s now been four years since the action of the previous movie Fallen Kingdom and the escaped dinosaurs hit the planet.

Biosyn, a not-at-all-sinister biotech company, has won a contract to experiment on all captured dinos at a vast research facility hidden, in all innocence, in the Dolomite mountains.

When a plague of cat-sized locusts is unleashed across America, Dern’s Doctor Ellie forces Neill’s still-loving Doctor Grant to help investigate.

Luckily, they’ve got a doctor inside in the form of Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm, who took an absurd gig at Biosyn HQ to lecture the boffins on the dangers of playing God.

Meanwhile, the stars of the previous two installments have their own issue with Biosyn. Since the last film, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) have been raising Maisie Lockwood (British actress Isabella Sermon) in a remote log cabin.







Chris Pratt on the set of Jurassic World Dominion
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While the 14-year-old girl is the world’s first human clone, Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott), the not-quite-doubtful CEO of Biosyn, is desperate to put his mitts on her DNA.

When Maise is kidnapped, Claire and Owen team up with Han Solo-esque pilot and smuggler Kayla (Dewanda Wise) to break into Biosyn HQ.

As it turns out to be just another misguided theme park, you always know where it’s headed.

Goldblum ad libs a few mildly amusing lines, there’s a moderately tense action scene involving a giant clawed dino running through a frozen lake. But if Dominion had a more interesting plot, I probably wouldn’t have spent so much time going through veteran actors’ hair.

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