Jurassic World: Dominion (2022) was released on June 10 in theaters worldwide and is already taking the global box office by storm. If you think a nearby tyrannosaurus rex is causing the water in your cup to ripple, it's probably just the fans flocking to see the latest Jurassic sequel (they do move in herds).
Jurassic World: Dominion sees the return of Jurassic World characters Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), and Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong).
It also brings back Dr. Ellie Sattler (Ellie Dern), Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), and Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) from the original Jurassic Park Trilogy, who must join forces with Claire, Owen, Maisie, and Wu to take down Biosyn.
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Warning - there are spoilers ahead for Jurassic World: Dominion.
Jurassic World: Dominion is on track to become the biggest movie of 2022. It has already devoured $637 million at worldwide box office, which makes it the fourth highest-grossing film of the year.
However, the film has been bombarded with a wave of negative reviews, not unlike a horde of genetically-engineered Cretaceous-era locusts designed to destroy everything in its path!
But it's becoming clear that nothing can stand in the way of Jurassic World: Dominion's success. Like Jurassic World (2015) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), the sequel is heading towards the $1 billion-mark.
Jurassic World made $1.6 billion at the global box office and its 2018 sequel grossed over $1.3 billion. Whether or not Jurassic World: Dominion will be as successful remains to be seen, but it's definitely flocking that way.
Jurassic World, which was directed by Colin Trevorrow, was praised for breathing new life into an otherwise-extinct IP, which had been in cold storage for 14 years like some Barbasol shaving can following Jurassic Park III (2001).
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, however, was met with prickly reviews from fans and critics alike. The film was directed by JA Bayona, however, many fans now praise the film for its unique gothic horror style.
Where the reviews for Jurassic World: Dominion are concerned, it's unlikely these will affect the success of the film, though it's always possible that word-of-mouth can make some sort of dent in a film's run at the box office.
But there are many fans who are praising the film for its surface-level entertainment. Going into the sixth film in any franchise expecting the same caliber as the original is a bit like visiting a dinosaur theme park with no power.
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In the case of Jurassic World: Dominion, however, there's perhaps a lot more meat to its bones than you might think. The film continues with themes firmly established in the original Jurassic Park (1993) while telling a relevant story.
It's clear that director Colin Trevorrow has taken plenty of inspiration from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, looking specifically at the locust storyline, which mirrors the COVID vaccine patent issues that arose during the pandemic.
And then there's the film's main protagonist Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott), who is evidently based on modern-era tech moguls and visionaries like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs (just look at his hair).
Dodgson is trying to monopolize the world's food supply market to his own financial gain, but it's really his look and mannerisms that tell us the filmmakers wanted to draw parallels with powerful and perhaps corrupt real-world figures.
Perhaps these themes don't matter to you, and if it's just back-to-back dinosaur action you're after, you won't be disappointed with Jurassic World: Dominion, which never suffers a dull moments in its two-and-a-half-hour runtime.
So, Jurassic World: Dominion sits at fourth place in the global box office, behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Top Gun: Maverick (2022), and The Batman (2022), which are first, second, and third, respectively.
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Jurassic World: Dominion is described as the "epic culmination to the entire series" and the "end to the Jurassic era". As per the official Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment website, here’s the synopsis for the film:
Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live -- and hunt -- alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.
Jurassic World: Dominion stars Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing), Chris Pratt (Owen Grady), Isabella Sermon (Maisie Lockwood), Omar Sy (Barry Sembène), and BD Wong (Henry Wu), Campbell Scott (Lewis Dodgson), DeWanda Sykes (Kayla), Jeff Goldblum (Dr. Ian Malcolm), Sam Neill (Dr. Alan Grant), and Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler).