Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Intense dino sequel has scary, jump-worthy violence.
  • PG-13
  • 2018
  • 128 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 40 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 104 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Science and nature can't be controlled, and animals shouldn't be treated as predictable and easy to manipulate. There's an ethical line between science and cruelty. Teamwork, bravery, determination, and compassion are important when dealing with animals -- and other people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Owen is brave, protective, compassionate toward the dinosaurs, but also realistic about which are too dangerous to save. Claire believes in her mission to preserve the dinosaurs, is willing to put herself in danger to do it. Zia and Franklin are courageous, selfless. More female characters in this installment. But villain is fairly one-note (greedy, ambitious, cowardly).

Violence

Several jump-worthy, potentially terrifying scenes of sustained tension and peril. More than once it seems like even a child will be killed. Dozens of people die (including key supporting characters); they're eaten (whole or in pieces), dismembered, ripped to shreds (sometimes in graphic ways), trampled, burned in a volcanic explosion. Most characters are injured in some way. One dinosaur is especially frightening; it tracks and attempts to kill a young girl. Bloody fights between dinosaurs, which slash, hunt, kill one another. Also weapons-based and close-combat violence between humans: tranquilizer guns, automatic guns, hand-to-hand fighting. A mercenary likes to steal the teeth of dinosaurs he's caught. Parts of the movie show animal/dinosaur cruelty.

Sex

Flirting/banter; a climactic kiss.

Language

Words used include "pissed off," "hell," "damn," "Jesus!," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "holy sh--" (cut off before completion), "bloody," "nasty woman," "beefcake," "hot rod," etc.

Consumerism

iPhone, MacBook, MSNBC, BBC World News, Bentley, Budweiser, Beck's beer, John Deere. Also lots of tie-in merchandise available in real life.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One scene takes place in a bar, where Owen and Claire both have a couple of bottles of beer in front of them, and other patrons are also drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is just as violent and terrifying as its predecessor, 2015's Jurassic World. Although the action no longer takes place inside a tourist-filled dinosaur theme park, there's still a large body count (mostly armed mercenaries and billionaire moguls). And there are lots of intense scenes of sustained terror, suspense, and peril, including a prolonged sequence in which a very scary genetically modified dinosaur tracks and tries to kill a young girl. People are eaten, torn to shreds, trampled, and severely injured. Language is infrequent (occasional use of "damn" and "Jesus!" and one "holy sh--" that's cut off before completion). There's only one real kiss (and some flirting). Expect a fair bit of product placement, especially Apple products and luxury cars. On the upside, there are more notable female characters in this installment than the last, and the movie has themes of teamwork and bravery. Families who enjoyed Jurassic World will be able to handle this sequel, but younger viewers sensitive to violence and menacing creatures may not be ready for all of the people-chomping. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard again co-star.

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byChance M. June 22, 2018

Really, really fun

This movie is just a lot of fun. there's no other way to put it. Chris Pratt is outstanding and the dinosaurs are amazing as usual bu this is much more vio... Continue reading
Adult Written byDaniel S. June 21, 2018

Good but very violent and lots of jump scares

I took my 12 year old to see it wasn't expecting the scary jump scares or violent parts it's 10 times worse than the first Jurassic World and my 12 ye... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymr_cinephile June 21, 2018

A Decent "Jurassic" Movie.

What do I say about this movie? It's fine, I guess? They basically revealed the entire plot through the trailers, and it's pretty generic. But let... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byajt16 November 14, 2018

AMAZING

I really enjoyed the movie. There were a lot of jump scares and is really fun to watch when you are older. You don't want your kids to have nightmares. If... Continue reading

What's the story?

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM takes place three years after the catastrophic events of Jurassic World left the revamped Jurassic Park abandoned. When the volcano on the island where the park was located is forecasted to erupt, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who now works for the Dinosaur Preservation Group, is asked by the billionaire who helped start the original park to go on a secret mission to rescue the remaining dinosaurs so they can be taken to a special preserve. She asks Owen (Chris Pratt), her now ex-boyfriend, to accompany her on the trip in order to track Blue, his beloved velociraptor. During the trip, it's clear that Claire and Owen are in over their heads; eventually they're forced into a life-or-death situation -- both for themselves and for the dinosaurs they want to save.

Is it any good?

Despite this action-packed sequel's uneven tone, director J.A. Bayona continues to thrill audiences with jump-worthy suspense and to create a bond between viewers and the dinosaurs. The elements of a summer blockbuster are all there: charismatic stars, smarmy villains (Rafe Spall, who's inherited his father Timothy's ability to play eevil quite well), plucky/adorable child (Isabella Sermon, in her first role), swooping score (Michael Giacchino, doing a wonderful job of channeling John Williams), and lots and lots of heart-stopping action. But something keeps this sequel from ranking up there with the best of the Jurassic films. It explores too many avenues and doesn't close the loop on a few of the issues it raises.

While the story requires suspension of disbelief in several places -- and Spall's character is all but mustache-twirling in his stereotypical villainy -- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom still delivers where it ultimately counts: the dinosaurs. The intricate computer-generated creatures are so convincing and so terrifying that audiences will likely grab their armrests or their seatmates during key moments. One scene in particular involving young Maisie and a foodchain-topping dinosaur will definitely tie stomachs in knots. So go for the action and the dread, but don't expect a movie that's nearly as iconic as the original Jurassic Park.

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