Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG13)
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
Directed by JA Bayona
If 2015’s Jurassic World is an update of the original Jurassic Park, then Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a quasi-remake of The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
This not-too-bad follow-up, helmed by JA Bayona (The Impossible), like The Lost World, splits its action into two parts: one is on a dying dinosaur paradise, the other the mainland, specifically, in a Gothic mansion where affable heroes Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard play cat-and-mouse with a nasty new predator, the Indoraptor.
The dino-mayhem still captivates, even if it’s a little familiar. (The Gyrosphere escape is a set-piece waiting to be made into a real 4D theme park ride.) Otherwise, it’s mostly another franchise adventure of mass destruction and (slightly) diminished awe. (***)