It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
Welcome back to the Jurassic Park franchise’s latest entry, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World. Directed by J. A. Bayona, it is the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park film series, as well as the second installment of a planned Jurassic World trilogy. The film features Derek Connolly and Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow both returning as writers, with Trevorrow and original Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg acting as executive producers.
Here are the actors and the characters they appear as. Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, a Navy veteran and former dinosaur trainer for Jurassic World. Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, Jurassic World’s former operations manager who is now a dinosaur-rights activist and has founded the Dinosaur Protection Group in order to evacuate the surviving dinosaurs from Isla Nublar. Rafe Spall as Eli Mills, Lockwood’s ambitious right-hand man who hires Owen and Claire to rescue the dinosaurs. Justice Smith as Franklin Webb, a former IT technician for Jurassic World who is now the Dinosaur Protection Group’s systems analyst and hacker. Daniella Pineda as Dr. Zia Rodriguez, a former Marine who is now the Dinosaur Protection Group’s paleoveterinarian. James Cromwell as Sir Benjamin Lockwood, John Hammond’s former partner in developing the technology to clone dinosaurs. Toby Jones as Gunnar Eversol, an auctioneer host at Lockwood Estate who sells the Isla Nublar dinosaurs for profit. Ted Levine as Ken Wheatley, a seasoned mercenary who is in command of the rescue operation on Isla Nublar. B. D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, the former head geneticist of both Jurassic World and the original Jurassic Park. Isabella Sermon as Maisie Lockwood, the ‘grand-daughter’ of Benjamin Lockwood. Geraldine Chaplin as Iris, the housekeeper of the Lockwood Estate, Maisie Lockwood’s nanny, and keeper of the family’s secrets. Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolmm, an expert in chaos theory who once consulted for InGen’s Jurassic Park.
Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman called the film better than the first Jurassic World but wrote “…[Fallen Kingdom] ends up being just a so-so ride. I hope the next one is an all-out ride — but that for the first time since Spielberg’s 1993 original, it’s actually a great one. The audience for this series has proved that it will turn out in mega-droves. But it deserves more than a passable rerun taking itself too seriously.”
In a positive review, Scott Mendelson of Forbes wrote “Fallen Kingdom is a gorgeous, mostly enjoyable blockbuster that looked great in IMAX. That it doesn’t cash all the checks it tries to write is why it’s merely a good movie instead of a great one.”
Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, John DeFore also praised the film saying, “Finally making good on its name, J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom says goodbye to the park for good, not just carrying the de-extincted dinos off the island but freeing itself from the genre trappings of the previous four films.”
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the website’s critical consensus reads, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom adds another set piece-packed entry to the blockbuster franchise, although genuinely thrilling moments are in increasingly short supply.” Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril throughout its 129 minutes.