WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in theaters now.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has a lot of ground to cover, given director J.A. Bayona's film is basically a balancing act between two different narratives. The first involves rescuing the dinosaurs that overran the Isla Nublar facility before a volcano renders life extinct on the decommissioned theme park/island.
The second major plot line revolves around having to save these rescued, or for want of a better word, kidnapped dinosaurs from the clutches of geneticist Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) and Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), who are auctioning off the creatures for agriculture, medicine, leisure and other nefarious purposes.
However, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), both reprising their roles from Jurassic World, are going all out to stop this exploitation. But in a thrilling finale, the landscape of the ever-popular franchise changes immensely as the heroic duo inadvertently help usher in a brand-new jurassic era.
The end of the film is centered on sabotaging the dino-auction occurring at the North California estate of Sir Benjamin Lockwood, the mysterious ex-partner who helped fund John Hammond's Isla Nublar project in 1993's Jurassic Park. Owen and Claire go about this after escaping imprisonment by Eli's soldiers, intent on foiling the sale -- a fundraiser for creating weaponized hybrids known as Indoraptors (a cross between the Indominus Rex and the intelligent Velociraptors Owen trained).
As Claire rescues Blue (Owen's favorite Velociraptor which Eli wants as the mother to the new breed of Indoraptors), Owen attacks the auction's security guards, sending all buyers into a frenzy. Things get stickier when the lone Indoraptor gets out and goes on a rampage. Owen ends up protecting Claire, as well as their newfound friend, a young girl named Maisie (Isabella Sermon), who happens to be Lockwood's granddaughter, with everyone eventually chipping in to help Blue impale the Indoraptor on a Triceratops skull.
Sadly, the destruction caused has set the estate on fire and the remaining dinosaurs are about to perish in confinement. Everyone reluctantly agrees to let this happen, as the only other option would be freeing them to the world. But Maisie -- shockingly revealed to be a clone Lockwood created of his dead daughter -- opens the containment cells, letting them out into the greater Los Angeles area, as she believes they deserve a chance to live.
The dinos escape, and in the process, Eli, who's attempting to flee with the Indominus Rex DNA, gets eaten by the Tyrannosaurus and a Carnotaurus. In the closing montage, Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) warns mankind they brought this fate on themselves, and must coexist. His speech is juxtaposed to successful buyers on a plane with their dinosaur prizes in cages, as well as the wild ones running loose: the T-Rex is careening through the Los Angeles suburbs, Blue's roaming the California valley, and the Mosasaurus (who escaped Isla Nublar in the movie's opening sequence) is stalking surfers in Hawaii.
Our protagonists are left with a lot of tough decisions, with the world's status quo altered drastically, a development emphasized by the film's final shot. Here, we see Owen and Claire driving off with Maisie in their care, watching the Pteranodons fly off into the sunset, realizing the challenge they now face in bringing the dinosaurs back alive... if at all.
Directed by J.A. Bayona from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, joined by Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell, and Jeff Goldblum.