In the fifth(!) installment of the movie series first adapted 28(!!) years ago from Michael Chrichton’s forward- and backward-thinking novel Jurassic Park, the island set aside for the dinosaurs is threatened by a volcano. Those roaming that piece of now isolated former amusement park land are therefore headed for extinction.
Humankind is left debating whether or not to find a way to save the scary beasts. The track record (see movies one through four) between us, after all, is less than pristine.
Some say good riddance. Some say it’s a scientific and humane obligation.
Enter rich people, seeking out the help of Claire Dearing and, ultimately, Owen Grady.
Let Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt dance the dance as the former park manager-turned dinosaur rights activist and ultimate raptor trainer to the rescue.
Yes, there in Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom there is the kind of people vs. dinosaur action fans of this franchise have come to expect.
Yet, this is more of a thinker, too.
A caper, if you will. They begin the action at the island, then track the bad folks to a big, museum-type mansion. If you think the dinosaurs look menacing in the wild, wait until you get ahold of them at this place.
So we ponder … Who is the ultimate villain, and what is the motive?
Can the good people straighten it out?
Will any of the beasts live on for a sixth movie?
It’s a worthy head-scratcher, indeed.
Central New Yorkers can see ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ as part of the LPL Mixed Bag Movies series, at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Northern Onondaga Public Library in North Syracuse, N.Y.