The Jurassic Saga: almost 30 years of dinos and danger

Jurassic World Dominion is released this June - here's a look back at almost 30 years of Jurassic Park films

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Filling up the cinema shouldn't be difficult when Jurassic World Dominion comes to the big screen. Photo: byronv2 / Flickr ( and

Jurassic World Dominion comes out this June – marking the sixth installment of the Jurassic Park series.

With a cast of actors from the previous films, including Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill, the new film is expected to bring past and present together for a thrilling adventure.

But, after 29 years and over 10 hours of film, there is a lot to remember for this upcoming feature.

Here is a quick rundown of each film without giving away too many spoilers – particularly if you are watching them for the first time.


Jurassic Park (1993):

The first film of the series follows a group of scientists and consultants giving their expertise on a new type of theme park centred around dinosaurs.

After collecting blood from a mosquito encased in amber, scientists manage to harvest dinosaur DNA and replicate it to create actual dinosaurs.

The owner (Richard Attenborough) gives a tour to the group – as well as his two grandchildren – to show how safe the park is. As expected, the park does not contain the proper infrastructure to keep the dinosaurs at bay and the group must navigate themselves to safety, while avoiding being eaten.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997):

After the events of the previous film, it is revealed that the dinosaurs were cloned on a sister island. The animals roam freely around the island and a team goes to record how the dinosaurs act in their natural habitat.

However, ulterior motives from the original owner’s nephew leads to conflict and peril. There is a plan to send the dinosaurs to the USA to create a park. After the protagonists learn this, they release the animals on the antagonists, but they lose all communication.

Like the last film, the team must try and get to a safe extraction point, while avoiding being eaten.

Jurassic Park III (2001):

Taking place on the island from the second film, a couple loses their son whilst on a yacht holiday.

They call on the protagonists from the previous films to help find him. However, this turns out to be a lie, the couple are divorced and are in search of not only their son, but the ex-wife’s boyfriend.

As is a driving force through all the films, money is a huge factor in the decision-making process with ulterior motives hindering the progress of the group. This is the final instalment in the original trilogy.

Jurassic World (2015):

Ushering dinosaurs into the modern age, Jurassic World looks at what happens when corporate greed overtakes the safety of others. With modern additions to the park, the movie feels like an alternate universe not too far from our own.

But, when genetic engineering is taken a step too far, a dinosaur with evolutionary traits such as camouflage, temperature monitoring and comprehension skills wreaks havoc on the park.

This, alongside the plot where they use dinosaurs as a weapon in war gives the audience an eerie look at how capitalism disregards human safety.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

The latest instalment in the Jurassic series has the protagonists from the previous film returning to the island after a volcanic eruption threatens the lives of the animals which could cause them to become extinct.

The plan is to bring the dinosaurs to a different island sanctuary. But, like the film before, greed and betrayal overcome some of the characters and a plan to bring the dinosaurs to the US to sell on the black market is trying to be executed. The protagonists must now stop the sale of these animals but in doing so, the events of this film lead to the story of the next film.


In cinemas on June 10, the Jurassic World Dominion plot follows the protagonists from every film before, to help capture the dinosaurs after escaping into the wider world.