Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes place 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 and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. However, when Owen and Claire’s allies reveal a secret agenda, it will be up to the two of them to not only protect the rescued animals, but potentially the entire world.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom begins shortly after the events of Jurassic World. A mercenary team arrives at the abandoned theme park on Isla Nublar. A portion of the team enters the park’s lagoon through the underwater sea gate. The mercenaries are looking for the remains of the Indominus Rex, last seen in the jaws of the monstrous Mosasaurus, the aquatic dinosaur that inhabits the lagoon. The Mosasaurus attacks as they collect a bone from the remains of the Indominus, but they are able to escape. Unfortunately, they leave the gate to the lagoon open, allowing the Mosasaurus to escape into the open sea.

Three years later, the United States Senate holds hearings on what to do with the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar. The island’s volcano is nearing eruption, and there are those arguing that the animals should be saved and those who believe that the dinosaurs should be left to their fate on the island. Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) testifies that the dinosaurs should be left on the island to die. However, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), Jurassic World’s former operations manager, has established the Dinosaur Protection Group to save the animals. The Senate rules against rescuing the animals.

John Hammond’s former partner and friend, Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), invites Claire to his Northern California estate. Lockwood and his assistant, Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) inform Claire of their plan to relocate the dinosaurs to a new island sanctuary. They need Claire to reactivate the park’s dinosaur tracking system so they can locate the animals. They specifically want to relocate the lone surviving Velociraptor, Blue. Claire recruits Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), the park’s Velociraptor trainer and Claire’s former boyfriend, to increase their chances of capturing the elusive Blue.

Once on the island, Claire and the former park technician, Franklin Webb (Justice Smith), reactivate the island’s tracking system. Claire’s team includes veterinarian Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda) and a group of mercenaries led by Ken Wheatley (Ted Levine). Owen and the Wheatley are able to track and find Blue. Blue is initially aggressive, but Owen is able to calm the animal down. However, one of the mercenaries panics and shoots Blue with a gun wounding the animal. Wheatley tranquillizes Blue and Owen when the trainer begins to start trouble. Wheatley takes Zia hostage to treat the wounded Blue. The mercenaries leave Owen, Claire, and Franklin on the island as they load all the captured animals onto their cargo ship. The trio is able to sneak onto the ship before it leaves the island. Many dinosaurs are left on the island as the volcano erupts destroying most of Isla Nublar.

Claire and Owen ascertain that the dinosaurs are not being taken to another island sanctuary as Lockwood promised; however, they have no idea where they are going or for what reason. They assist Zia in giving Blue a blood transfusion from a tranquilized Tyrannosaurus Rex while they are still on the cargo ship.

Back at Lockwood’s estate, Maisie (Isabella Sermon), Lockwood’s orphaned granddaughter, overhears Mills and Mr. Eversoll (Toby Jones), an auctioneer, discuss plans to secretly sell the captured dinosaurs on the black market. They also discuss their intent to preview the Indoraptor, another genetically engineered dinosaur that has weapons potential. The Indoraptor was created by Dr. Henry Wu (B. D. Wong) as was the Indominus Rex. Wu needs Blue’s DNA to create an enhanced Indoraptor that is obedient to commands.

Maisie informs her grandfather about the auction. Lockwood, who was unaware of the black market sale, confronts his assistant Mills. Mills kills his employer. Maisie is aware of her grandfather’s death. She also discovers that she is a clone of Lockwood’s deceased daughter and not the billionaire’s granddaughter as she was told. Lockwood’s friendship and business association with Hammond ended due to Hammond’s refusal to be involved with human cloning, something Lockwood wished to pursue.

The dinosaurs from the ship are transported to the massive basement on Lockwood’s estate. Owen and Claire are captured and placed in a cell; however, Franklin eludes capture and frees Zia. The auction begins and several of the dinosaurs are sold and shipped out immediately. Owen is able to entice a Stygimoloch into breaking their cell door open. Owen and Claire run into Maisie, who informs them that the Indoraptor is being placed into the auction over Wu’s objection.

Once again, Owen entices the Stygimoloch into interrupting the auction. The room falls into chaos. Wheatley tranquilizes the Indoraptor to extract a tooth as a trophy which he does to every species. However, the lab created dinosaur feigns unconsciousness and kills Wheatley, Eversoll, and several others as it escapes from the auction room. The Indoraptor tracks Owen, Claire, and Maisie throughout Lockwood’s estate. Zia releases Blue who goes to help Owen. The two dinosaurs battle on a rooftop until they fall through a glass ceiling. The Indoraptor is impaled, but Blue survives the fall unharmed.

Meanwhile, several dinosaurs are trapped in the basement. The basement is damaged by the rambling dinosaurs causing a hydrogen cyanide gas leak which will kill all the dinosaurs unless they are freed into the wild. Claire is unable to press the bottom to free the animals, knowing that they would be free to go wherever they want and potentially threaten human life. However, Maisie releases the animals due to her feelings of being a kindred spirit with the cloned animals. The animals flee the compound. Mills attempts to escape with the Indominus Rex bone, but the Tyrannosaurus Rex eats him and crushes the bone. Owen, Claire, Maisie, Zia, and Franklin escape unharmed. Blue hesitates when she sees Owen, but decides to run into the forest with the other dinosaurs.

The film ends with a new Senate hearing. Once again, Dr. Malcolm is testifying and declares the beginning of a Neo-Jurassic Age, where humans and dinosaurs will be forced to coexist in a new Jurassic World. The closing scenes show the freed dinosaurs roaming the human world.

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Universal Pictures released Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on June 22, 2018. J.A. Bayona directed the film starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Rafe Spall.

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