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Jurassic World Dominion 4K UHD Review

‘Jurassic World Dominion’ is a big pile of dino droppings.

In the sixth installment in the franchise (and the apparent last one for the time being), the story takes place four years after the events of ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ where the dinosaurs are coexisting with humanity now. A company called Biosyn Genetics has created a dinosaur preserve, but the shady company is experimenting with genetics and insects (specifically locusts). The company winds up kidnapping Maisie (and a raptor) from Claire and Owen’s care and the two set out to rescue them. Elsewhere in the story, Dr. Ian Malcolm (who works with Biosyn) invites Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler to Biosyn’s facility with the plan to out their lies and conspiracies. Eventually the two stories come together as you might have guessed.

‘Jurassic Park’ is a Steven Spielberg classic that stands as one of the best theatrical experiences of the past 30 years. Aside from the passable sequels ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,’ the franchise has had a steep decline in quality. One would think the return of legacy characters would greatly benefit ‘Jurassic World Dominion,’ but it does not. In fact, this is easily the worst installment in the entire series. 

Directed by Colin Trevorrow (who previously helmed the atrocious ‘Jurassic World’) and scripted by Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael, ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ is everything wrong with sequels rolled into one LONG package. It’s stale, there’s no sense of awe and wonder to the dinosaurs or the on screen spectacles, it pays homage to ‘Jurassic Park’ ad nauseum, it botches story elements that really could have gone somewhere (Cough Dodgson Cough), it completely wastes the legacy characters, and it’s more about locusts than dinosaurs (which is a baffling choice for the conclusion to this saga). Even the CGI is generally lousy here. How is it that ‘Jurassic Park’ still looks better than any of the sequels? The dinosaurs look more cartoony than ever in the Jurassic World series. Yes, there are some animatronic dinos on display here (which was greatly appreciated), but more often than not it’s just clunky looking CGI.

Perhaps the most puzzling choice here is that ‘Dominion’ does a disservice to ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” ‘Kingdom’ (which is the best of the World movies) took some big swings and risks and it left off with a really enticing cliffhanger full of opportunity and storytelling possibilities. ‘Dominion’ does very little with the concept of dinosaurs in the real world outside of a cheesy underground market sequence. Trevorrow seems more concerned with fan service than creating a unique story. If you’re going to combine the casts of the two Jurassic sagas, it should have been a big, epic, high stakes story. There’s no urgency to ‘Dominion’ and you’re left with little more than an underwhelming climactic chapter that constantly feels as if it’s living in the shadow of the original. 

Cast wise, all of the main characters from both Jurassic franchises are here with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Isabella Sermon, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and two new faces with DeWanda Wise and Mamoudou Athie. One would think seeing the new characters interact with returning favorites would be a joy to behold (and it might be to some), but for me, that’s not the case. They aren’t on screen together much and, to be quite honest, Neill, Goldblum and Dern look entirely bored. With a script like this who can blame them. 

Note: This 4K set includes the theatrical cut and the extended version which runs 13 minutes longer.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.00:1 2160p With Dolby Vision HDR 10. How does it look? Say what you will about the movie itself, but this is as good as 4K gets. The pristine image clarity makes you feel like you’re right there on screen.

Audio Track: DTS: X. How does it sound? Universal spared no expense on having the best possible audio track here. From the action set pieces to the individual dinosaur noises, this is a dynamic track.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* ‘Battle At Big Rock’ short film which is better than all 3 ‘Jurassic World’ movies.
* ‘A New Breed Of VFX’- A visual effects featurette.
* ‘Dinosaurs Among Us: Inside Jurassic World Dominion’- A collection of 5 featurettes featuring a ton of cast and crew interviews and set footage. Topics include the cast (and cast reunion), the production of the underground dino market sequence, location shooting in Malta, a 5 parter on animatronics, and a piece on the final night of the shoot. 

August 17, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , ,

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