"Jurassic World 3" in the cinema: It can hardly be worse

Humans and dinosaurs have had to coexist for four years, when the next danger for humanity is looming: genetically modified locusts.

"Jurassic World 3" in the cinema: It can hardly be worse

Humans and dinosaurs have had to coexist for four years, when the next danger for humanity is looming: genetically modified locusts. With its bad plot, the last part of the "Jurassic World" series becomes an impertinence for the viewers.

It could have been a strong ending to a semi-good trilogy, Jurassic World: A New Age. Four years after dinosaurs fled Isla Nubar because of a volcanic eruption and spread across the globe, humans are forced to coexist with the protozoa. But what it's like to live in this strange, post-apocalyptic world - like when cars and dinosaurs collide on the freeway, a plesiosaur capsizes a fishing boat or every way to work could be your last - is only in for the first few minutes to see message sequences. The endless possibilities offered by the action film's premise and title go untapped.

Instead, in this supposedly grand finale, director and co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow relies on genetically modified locusts that are in the process of destroying the entire US crop and causing a global famine. Biologist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) investigates with the help of paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) when mysteriously only the fields containing seeds from Lewis Dodgson's (Campbell Scott) genetic engineering company Biosyn remain spared the plague.

Raptor tamer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and dinosaur activist Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), on the other hand, have very different problems. The couple raise Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), who is wanted by half the world, in their secluded home in the woods. The reason: the moody youngster, who is already known as a toddler from the second part, was cloned by her deceased mother using a process that could revolutionize genetic engineering. When she is actually kidnapped, this lead also leads to Biosyn. A race against time ensues to save Lockwood and ultimately humanity.

For the ending of the saga, the creators have dug deep into their pockets to offer viewers a variety of new dinosaurs. This does not mean the new hybrids like the "Indominus Rex" or the "Indoraptor" that you have already seen in "Jurassic World", but many other dinosaur species that actually existed millions of years ago, but so far in none of the previous films were shown. The wonderful special effects that make the primeval animals and the fights look absolutely realistic should also be positively emphasized at this point. With a budget of 165 million US dollars, that's not surprising.

But as good as the chases may look, director Trevorrow ultimately used the same formula as in the first two "Jurassic World" parts: either the people are first observed from the off by the dinosaurs, then they are frightened and can just about escape . Or they have to hide from a dinosaur breathing nearby without being able to see them and then just barely escape. The plot is similar: if the humans don't fight dinosaurs, they fight an eccentric and evil scientist. And when the dinosaurs aren't after humans, they fight among themselves. Then comes the predictable end.

Fusing the main characters of "Jurassic World" and Stephen Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" who randomly meet in Biosyn's dinosaur sanctuary, this sequel has focused primarily on invoking feelings of nostalgia among fans of the franchise. But not even they should pick up the warmed-up inside jokes and references to the last five films. Not to mention the horrible script. The original cast (Goldblum, Dern and Neill) is almost irrelevant to the story and hardly advances it. The storyline of Pratt, Howard and their old companions always takes a back seat and is just boring and clumsy.

The biggest disappointment, however, is that the dinosaurs - the former stars of the show - only become supporting actors in "Jurassic World: A New Age". "It's a movie about the power of genetics, which also happens to have dinosaurs," said director Trevorrow, summing up his third and final installment. "The genetic manipulation of insects is already taking place. And if we're honest, it's gotten a bit out of control. (...) I almost see our film as a warning to science not to overdo it." Nice and good. But if the whole thing then had nothing to do with the franchise, wouldn't it have been a separate film?

"Jurassic World: A New Age" is now in German cinemas.

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