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Plot Overview


After the human intervention of reversing extinction, beasties on land, sea and air, which are too big for their britches have migrated rotating earth world­wide aided by a vigorous black market. Biosyn Genetics has exclusive rights to a sanctuary where they are studied scientifically. When a suspicious breed of giant locust starts devouring farm­lands but leaving Biosyn seeded crops untouched, paleo­botanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) finagles an invite to their facility where she brings along a colleague paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) to surrep­titiously collect a DNA sample. They are aided by communications director Ramsay Cole (Mamoudou Athie) who thinks some­thing fishy is going on at the plant where he works. Geneticist Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) is on his own hatching a plan to infect the bugs with an altered virus to destroy them. Biosyn CEO Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott) is just interested in his bottom line, world famine be damned. He instigated the kidnapping for research of cloned teenage Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) who is actually a product of partheno­genesis. Maisie's de facto “parents” ethologist Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and former operations manager of Jurassic World Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) search for her through a Maltese souk from which on a tip they hitch a ride with a sympa­thetic pilot Fantasy Island Express Kayla Watts (DeWanda Wise) to go where the action is—all roads leading to Rome as it were. Chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) seems about to join the good guys as well.

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We suppose that the desired happy ending is elimination of the giant insect infestation while humans, animals and vegetables all learn to live in harmony after the intro­duction into the bio­sphere of erst­while extinct species. Editorial leaps enable that to occur within the 2½ hour frame­work of this movie but were unable to save Bambi as a food source.


royal flushOne of Kenny Rogers's songs concerned a chance meeting with “The Gambler” on a train, who offered the passenger the advice that “the secret to surviving is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep.” The refrain of the song goes:

You've got to know when to hold 'em, Know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away, Know when to run. You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table. There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.

This wisdom of the gambling man's repartee is old as the hills and was passed on by a raconteur, Agur in Proverbs 30:1, whose four meta­phors offered the same life advice as did Rogers's Gambler. That we find in, (Prov. 30:29-31) “There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.”

We have Agur's “lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any,” and we have Rogers's “know[ing] when to hold 'em.” In our movie those locusts are toast once Ellie and Alan get their DNA sample and Dr. Wu develops the virus to kill them.

We have Agur's “king, against whom there is no rising up,” and we have Rogers's “Know[ing] when to fold 'em” A king who knows when to give in to his subjects doesn't experience any uprising. Humans for the most part have adopted a live-and-let-live policy towards the once extinct animals with whom they now share the planet.

We have Agur's “he goat also” and we have Rogers's “Know[ing] when to walk away.” With­out any explanation Ellie tells Alan that “it's over” between her and Mark, which opens romantic possibilities between the two of them in some future—saints preserve us—sequel. Icelandic flagI'll use an example from Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason:

After all their problems Bergthóra had been the one to end their relation­ship. It was over, they were going their separate ways and now he did not know what to think. He regretted losing Bergthóra. At last it had come home to him—

‘It's over.’

‘Hasn't it been over for ages? And you're taking it badly?’

‘I am, actually.’

‘You'll find someone else. Was it her who broke it off in the end?’

‘Yes, she's started a new relationship.’

‘Typical,’ said Gagga.

‘What do you mean?’

She doesn't hang about.’ (241, 245)

Sequels await.

We have Agur's “greyhound” and Rogers's “Know[ing] when to run.” The money scenes are those of being chased on motor­bike by dinosaurs through the streets of Malta.

The gambler gave the advice:

You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.

It ain't over till the fat lady sings. Who knows where evolution will lead?

Production Values

” (2022) was directed by Colin Trevorrow. Its screenplay was written by Emily Carmichael and Colin Trevorrow based on a story by Derek Connolly. It stars Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mamoudou Athie, and Laura Dern. The cast is an ensemble of familiar faces looking long in the tooth. They handled the new material well. The teenager was great. The cast included a black­a­moor and an African-American whose parts were a credit to their race.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for intense sequences of action, some violence and language. It has a run­time of 2½ hours. The dinosaurs and special effects were unparalleled.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

Jurassic DinosaursThis one is either a sight for sore eyes or the same old same old depending on how burnt out you are on the franchise. The world dominion sorts itself out into the following hierarchy: At the bottom are the black, hybrid locusts slated for destruction. Above them are brown-furred deer cultivated as a food source. Above them are small dinosaurs running with domestic size animals. Above them are the larger ones roaming Africa. Then come the paleon­tolo­gist's wet dream confined to a reservation. Having kindly dominion over them all is the white man in league with an oriental and aided by the brown or black man. And a non-traditional family is stuck in there some­where. So there you have it in a nutshell.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Absolutely amazing special effects. Video Occasion: Fit For a Friday Evening. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Three stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture is quoted from the King James Version. Pub. 1611, rev. 1769. Software.

Indridason, Arnaldur. Black Skies. Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb. Copyright © 2009 by Arnaldur Indridason. English translation copyright © 2012 by Victoria Cribb. New York: Minotaur Books, 2013. Print.

Rogers, Kenny. Songwriter Don Schlitz. “The Gambler.” Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Pub. LLC. Web.