I must confess that I was pleasantly surprised by this sequel to the billion dollar hit Jurassic World (2015), which I found to be chronically underwhelming. Read my review here.

Fair to say I had zero expectations for Fallen Kingdom. While indirectly copying certain key plot points from The Lost World – the main one being the conflict between the preservation of the dinosaurs in a peaceful reserve of sorts versus exploitation of the dinosaurs for capital gain – the sequel, thankfully, builds up forward momentum.

Fallen Kingdom uses this conflict to pivot the franchise into a new direction, only hinted at previously – to be explored perhaps in the inevitable next sequel.

Director J.A. Bayona, together with writers Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, have fashioned a taut, creature feature that takes advantage of a different environment to produce thrills and scares.

The plot itself – while minimal – takes a tangent with Maisie – the granddaughter of Sir Benjamin Lockwood (John Hammond’s former partner in developing the technology to clone dinosaurs) – an intriguing twist that provides opportunity in future sequels, no doubt.

The set pieces – action sequences and CGI  – work well with usual echoes of previous franchise films but with sufficient emotional resonance to keep the audience engaged.

Strangely enough, at the end of Jurassic World, I have no anticipation towards any sequel but this time with Fallen Kingdom, I am interested to know how the story unfolds. Job well done!

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