Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ★★★★

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is an entertaining, emotional film.

Children in the theater were scared at some points. Adults and kids were tearing up at others (myself included). This movie was an excellent follow-up to Jurassic World and it leaves it open for sequels or side story movies as well.

After the events of Jurassic World, the island has been deserted and the dinosaurs left to live. But the volcano at the center of the island has recently become active and threatens to re-extinct the dinosaurs.

We see some congressional hearings on the rights of engineered animals. We see activist groups lobbying. Claire is actually running on such group. She gets a call form someone working for a Mr. Lockhart - a former partner of John Hammond.

They have a geographically isolated island ready to evacuate the dinosaurs to. They just need Claire's help to get into the system at the park and Owen's help to wrangle Blue.

Unfortunately, the operation is not as innocent as it seemed. Claire and Owen's team get double-crossed and left on the island as the volcano pops its top. Turns out the dinosaurs are going to auction - not the Sanctuary island.

They just barely make it off the island and to the Lockhart estate in time to throw monkey wrenches in the auction.

There is a new engineered dino on the loose. Cloning ethics. Murder for money.

I'm not sure where the franchise goes from here, but I am looking forward to it. This was definitely the darker toned middle chapter of a trilogy - like Empire Strikes Back.