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Movie review: The dinos are loose! Youve seen this Jurassic movie before but that's not a bad t
The Indoraptor stalks its prey. Owen (Chris Pratt), Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Maisie (Isabella Sermon) in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. - photo by Josh Terry
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM 3 stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Jeff Goldblum; PG-13 (intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril); in general release

If a movies big finale leaves you excited to see what happens next, thats usually a pretty good sign. Such is the case with J.A. Bayonas Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth "Jurassic Park" movie and second installment in the current trilogy.

Fallen Kingdom opens with the same dark apprehension that kicked off Steven Spielbergs original 1993 film, as a shadowy crew approaches the island of Isla Nublar under cover of night to snatch an Indominus rex bone from the remains of the Jurassic World theme park.

Its been three years since dinosaurs ran amok among the tourists, and in the time since, the inhabitants of the now-abandoned island have become the subject of an intense animal rights controversy. With a major volcano on Isla Nublar threatening to erupt, the question of what to do with the islands Jurassic residents has become even more pressing.

It's under these circumstances that Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) who has become one of the dinosaurs leading advocates is approached with an offer she cant refuse. One of Dr. Hammonds old partners, the wealthy Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), has secured a special island sanctuary, and with Claires help, hed like to relocate enough specimens to let the creatures flourish away from the hand of man. The only catch is that the expedition also needs the expertise of Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) whose affection for his old trained raptor, Blue, is persuasion enough to join.

Just getting the dinosaurs off the island before it erupts would be a pretty exciting setup on its own, but things get even more complicated when Claire and Owen find out that Lockwoods manager Eli (Rafe Spall) and a hunter named Wheatley (Ted Levine) have alternate plans for the prehistoric beasts.

Its enough plot to keep the audience invested, even if when you take a step back, its still more or less the same concept weve gotten used to with the earlier films: Humans are isolated on a dangerous island with savage dinosaurs, theres a brand new man-modified dinosaur that is even worse than the regular ones and ultimately, mankind proves to be the true monster all along. Theres even an obligatory child in distress Lockwoods granddaughter Maisie (Isabella Sermon) whose subplot provides one of the more unexpected twists of the film.

But even if much of Fallen Kingdom is predictable, its still a lot of fun. There are some fantastic action sequences the eruption on the island is a real thriller and Bayona uses some of the "Jurassic" films trademark suspense to scoot the audience out to the edge of their seats. (Speaking of which, like the other "Jurassic" films, Fallen Kingdom frequently lands on the more violent end of the PG-13 spectrum.)

Altogether, it should make for a satisfying sequel to 2015s Jurassic World and a worthwhile entry to a series that has admittedly struggled to match the quality of that first '93 film. And based on how this one ends, audiences will be excited to see what happens next.

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril; running time: 128 minutes.