Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

2018, PG-13, 128 min. Directed by J.A. Bayona. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Ted Levine.

REVIEWED By Matthew Monagle, Fri., June 22, 2018

In 2015, Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World became the surprise hit of the summer, taking in more than $1.6 billion at the global box office and ensuring that Universal Pictures would crank out one dinosaur movie every few years until the next extinction event. Billed as the first part in a trilogy, Jurassic World was as much a rehash of Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park as a sequel, walking audiences through many of the same story beats on its way to dinosaur mayhem. Therefore, with two more movies in the pipeline, legitimate questions were raised: could this latest sequel evolve beyond its original? Or would the series keep rehashing the same idea of a theme park gone wrong?

The answers? Yes, and sort of. In director J.A. Bayona’s follow-up to Jurassic World, we are reintroduced to park executive Claire Dearing (Howard), now a struggling conservationist attempting to drum up public support for the doomed dinos. When Dearing is approached by a billionaire philanthropist who promises to underwrite her expedition, she recruits velociraptor wrangler Owen Grady (Pratt) to help her track down and rescue everyone’s favorite hyperintelligent predator, Blue. Once on the island, however, the mission turns dangerous as the crew encounters an exploding volcano, and an extraction team more interested in trophies than survivors.

Paradoxically, Fallen Kingdom is both bigger and smaller than its predecessor. On the one hand, you have the film’s cataclysmic first half, where Dearing and Grady race against Mother Nature to save dinosaurs from an exploding island. On the other hand, you have the horror-tinged second half, where a genetically altered dinosaur stalks Grady and company through the halls of a mansion. The film’s split nature probably won’t endear Fallen Kingdom to casual Jurassic Park fans, but it does give Bayona the narrative equivalent of a blank check. He is free to dream up a variety of different dinosaur encounters; as a result, the action moves along at an incredibly brisk pace long after the narrative wheels have fallen off.

Which, honestly, is half the fun. Fallen Kingdom is a smorgasbord of set-pieces for summer moviegoers, ranging from the absurd  –  a scene where a tranquilized Grady heroically rolls away from an advancing stream of lava – to action sequences that achieve a surprising amount of beauty. Most promos have teased the underwater sequence where Dearing and Franklin Webb (Smith) struggle to escape their sinking pod, but Bayona’s decision to give this scene the appearance of a single take makes it more unnerving than the trailers would have you expect. Building on the scope and fantasy sequences of his previous work in A Monster Calls, Bayona proves himself to be a dynamic visual director, something sorely missing from the first entry in the trilogy.

In the end, Fallen Kingdom is pretty much the Bayona show, a combination of blockbuster and genre action sequences loosely tied together with technobabble and character work. Those looking for the Jurassic World franchise to take on the self-serious tone of other mainstream Michael Crichton adaptations –  here’s looking at you, HBO’s Westworld –  will find little of value in Fallen Kingdom’s half-baked narrative. But those who just want to watch dinosaurs eat people in creative ways? They’re destined to get their money’s worth.

For an interview with director J.A. Bayona, see "How J.A. Bayona Made a Real Jurassic World," June 21.

Showtimes

Sat., July 21

12:15, 4:00, 7:10, 10:25

Sun., July 22

12:15, 4:00, 7:10, 10:25

Mon., July 23

12:15, 4:00, 7:10, 10:25

Tue., July 24

4:00, 7:10, 10:25
AFA 12:15

Wed., July 25

12:15, 4:00, 7:10, 10:25

Sat., July 21

12:20, 3:30, 6:45, 10:15

Sun., July 22

3:20, 6:40, 10:10
OC 12:00
Open Caption 12:00

Mon., July 23

12:00, 3:20, 6:40, 10:10

Tue., July 24

4:20, 7:30, 10:45
AFA 1:10

Wed., July 25

11:30am, 3:20, 7:10, 9:20

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sat., July 21

11:40am, 1:50, 5:00, 7:10, 10:20

Sun., July 22

10:10am, 1:30, 4:50, 8:00, 10:50

Mon., July 23

11:35am, 1:35, 4:45, 7:55, 10:50

Tue., July 24

2:50, 6:20, 10:20
AFA 11:25am

Wed., July 25

11:35am, 1:35, 4:45, 7:55, 11:05

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 10:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:20
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 10:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:20

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 10:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:20
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 10:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:20

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 10:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 10:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 10:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 10:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 10:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 10:10am, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sat., July 21

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Sun., July 22

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Mon., July 23

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Tue., July 24

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Wed., July 25

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Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sat., July 21

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Sun., July 22

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Mon., July 23

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Tue., July 24

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Wed., July 25

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Thu., July 26

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Sat., July 21

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Sun., July 22

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Mon., July 23

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Tue., July 24

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Wed., July 25

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Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sat., July 21

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Sun., July 22

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Mon., July 23

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Tue., July 24

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Wed., July 25

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Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., July 21

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Sun., July 22

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Mon., July 23

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Tue., July 24

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Wed., July 25

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Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sat., July 21

digital 10:00am, 1:30, 4:50, 8:00

Sun., July 22

digital 10:00am, 1:30, 4:50, 8:00

Tue., July 24

digital 10:00am, 1:30, 4:50, 8:00

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sat., July 21

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Sun., July 22

2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Mon., July 23

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Tue., July 24

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Wed., July 25

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sat., July 21

11:55am, 2:50, 5:45, 8:55

Sun., July 22

11:55am, 2:50, 5:45, 8:55

Mon., July 23

11:55am, 2:50, 5:45, 8:55

Tue., July 24

11:55am, 2:50, 5:45, 8:55

Wed., July 25

11:55am, 2:50, 5:45, 8:55

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sat., July 21

CC 1:45, 4:15, 7:30, 10:00

Sun., July 22

CC 1:45, 4:15, 7:30, 10:00

Mon., July 23

CC 1:45, 4:15, 7:30, 10:00

Tue., July 24

CC 1:45, 4:15, 9:15, 10:00

Wed., July 25

CC 1:30, 5:30, 8:45, 10:00

Thu., July 26

CC 1:45, 4:15, 9:00

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:35, 6:45, 10:00

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:35, 6:45, 10:00

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:35, 6:45, 10:00

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:35, 6:45, 10:00

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:35, 6:45, 10:00

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Sat., July 21

CC 11:05am, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:55

Sun., July 22

CC 11:05am, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:55

Mon., July 23

CC 11:05am, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:55

Tue., July 24

CC 11:05am, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:55

Wed., July 25

CC 11:05am, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:55

Thu., July 26

CC 11:05am, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:55

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Sat., July 21

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30

Sun., July 22

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30

Mon., July 23

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30

Tue., July 24

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30

Wed., July 25

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:30

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:30, 6:45, 9:50
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:15, 3:30, 6:45, 9:50

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:30, 6:45, 9:50
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:15, 3:30, 6:45, 9:50

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:30, 6:45
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:15, 3:30, 6:45

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:30, 6:45
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:15, 3:30, 6:45

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:30, 6:45
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:15, 3:30, 6:45

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05

Thu., July 26

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Sat., July 21

Reserved Seating 9:00am, 12:15, 3:35, 7:00, 10:20

Sun., July 22

Reserved Seating 9:00am, 12:15, 3:35, 7:00, 10:20

Mon., July 23

Reserved Seating 9:00am, 12:15, 3:35, 7:00, 10:20

Tue., July 24

Reserved Seating 9:00am, 12:15, 3:35, 7:00, 10:20

Wed., July 25

Reserved Seating 9:00am, 12:15, 3:35, 7:00, 10:20

Thu., July 26

Reserved Seating 9:00am, 12:15, 3:35, 7:00, 10:20

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Sat., July 21

Reserved Seating 12:45, 4:10, 6:45, 10:35

Sun., July 22

Reserved Seating 12:45, 4:10, 6:45, 10:35

Mon., July 23

Reserved Seating 12:45, 4:00, 6:45, 10:35

Tue., July 24

Reserved Seating 12:45, 4:00, 6:45, 10:35

Wed., July 25

Reserved Seating 12:45, 4:00, 6:45, 10:35

Thu., July 26

Reserved Seating 12:45, 4:00, 6:45, 10:35

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Sat., July 21

10:25am, 1:35, 4:55, 8:05

Sun., July 22

10:25am, 1:35, 4:55, 8:05

Mon., July 23

10:25am, 1:35, 4:55, 8:05

Tue., July 24

1:35, 4:55, 8:05

Wed., July 25

10:25am, 1:35, 4:55, 8:05

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Sat., July 21

10:45am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:35

Sun., July 22

10:45am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:35

Mon., July 23

10:45am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:35

Tue., July 24

10:45am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:35

Wed., July 25

10:45am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:35

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Sat., July 21

11:30am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Sun., July 22

10:50am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:40, 8:40

Mon., July 23

10:50am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:40, 8:40

Tue., July 24

10:50am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:40, 8:40

Wed., July 25

10:50am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:40, 8:40

Thu., July 26

10:50am, 12:15, 2:40, 5:40, 8:40

Sat., July 21

12:00, 3:35, 6:45, 9:10

Sun., July 22

12:00, 3:35, 6:30, 9:30

Mon., July 23

12:00, 3:35, 6:45, 9:10

Tue., July 24

12:00, 3:35, 6:45, 9:10

Wed., July 25

12:00, 3:35, 6:30, 9:30

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Sat., July 21

10:40am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:40

Sun., July 22

10:40am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:40

Mon., July 23

10:40am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:40

Tue., July 24

10:40am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:40

Wed., July 25

10:40am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:40

Thu., July 26

10:40am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:40

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 11:15am, 2:05, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 10:15am, 1:05, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 10:15am, 1:05, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 10:15am, 1:05, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 10:15am, 1:05, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35

Thu., July 26

CC/DVS 10:15am, 1:05, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35

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