Since the Jurassic Park franchise first came to the big screen in 1993, it has become a classic series with a cult following, and the newest release, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” will hit theaters this weekend.
The film is the second installment of the Jurassic World series, and the fifth in the Jurassic franchise, with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprising their roles as Owen and Claire three years after the theme park and luxury resort was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.
Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
The threat of a dormant volcano roaring to life is what it takes to bring the humans back to the island - this time to try and rescue the remaining dinosaurs.
Owen and Claire mount the campaign for the rescue to keep the dinosaurs from reaching extinction yet again.
Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wold, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission.
Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return the entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
Members of the films supporting cast include: Rafe Spall (“Life of Pi” and “The Big Short”), Justice Smith (“Paper Towns” and “The Get Down”), Daniella Pineda (“The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”) and James Cromwell (“The Green Mile” and “Babe”).
The Critics Consensus on the Rotten Tomatoes website is that the movie “adds another set piece-packed entry to the blockbuster franchise, although a genuinely thrilling moments are in increasingly short supply.”
Directed by J.A. Bayona, the film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science fiction violence and peril.
Other films to hit theaters this weekend include:
n “Damsel,” starring Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner and Nathan Zellner and directed by David and Nathan Zellner, tells the story of Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer in the 1870s who ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.
This film is rated R for some violence, language, sexual material and brief graphic nudity.
n “The King,” starring Alex Baldwin, Tony Brown, James Carville and Chuck D, and directed by Eugene Jarecki. Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, a musical road trip across America in his 1963 Rolls Royce explores how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king while his country lost her democracy and became an empire.
This film is rated R.
n “Under the Silver Lake,” starring Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough, and directed by David Robert Mitchell, follows Sam, a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah, frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy in the City of Angels.
This film is rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, language throughout and some drug use.