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Friday, 28 December 2018

Movie: Bumblebee

The film opens on Cybertron, a robotic planet that is playing host to an explosive conflict between good robots, the Autobots — and bad robots, the Decepticons.



First thing first when you see this movie, you will notice a difference between “Bumblebee” and the previous “Transformers” movies – the Transformers look like the original toys.
Bumblebee is a good prequel to the main Transformers franchise, Bumblebee returns a soul to the franchise that has been lacking one for some time. As a result, Bumblebee is a fantastic viewing experience for Transformers fans young and old. Bumblebee also works as a good entry point to the series. Bumblebee may not necessarily be a reboot of the Transformers franchise, but if it’s an example of what fans can expect from future movies, then Knight’s film in a new and welcome era of the series that promises even greater success for the Robots.

Just as in the first Transformers film, this version of Bumblebee is unable to speak; it’s Charlie who comes up with the idea of communicating through music. She gives him a tape, which – in a hilarious moment – Bumblebee rejects unceremoniously. The film will presumably use a classic soundtrack to create a period style.
The presence of Sector 7, the secret agency founded by President Hoover in order to monitor alien involvement on Earth. They actually possess both Megatron and the All-Spark, and Transformer technology has been reverse-engineered over the course of the twentieth century to create human machines. Bumblebee will need to tread very carefully here; if the Decepticons realize that human technology is derived from Transformer science, they’ll guess that Megatron, at least, is on Earth. But they shouldn’t really do that until the first Transformers movie, set decades after this.
Optimus Prime is confined to appear in Bumblebee, but it’s likely he’ll just have a cameo. This is just a one-robot show, with a single heroic Autobot striving to protect humanity from the Decepticon menace.
Bumblebee stands alone in the Transformers franchise because it has one thing that none of the previous films have – charm. Hailee Steinfeld is a strong actress and even when given a character like Charlie who really doesn’t have all that much dimensionality, she takes the material and runs well with it. Bumblebee is similarly likeable, and the fact that he has a personality (unlike 99% of the Transformers found in the franchise – yes the Decepticons in Bumblebee included) and a unique “voice” means that the audiences will be rooting for the two to succeed.
When Bumblebee was announced, I had expected more of the same, except what the film turned out to be was a total surprise – not only is it a solidly entertaining action film, it is a very decent coming of age movie as well, actually managing to tug at my heartstrings every now and then. Though it took more than a decade, the Transformers franchise has finally birthed a genuinely good movie, and I believe something more along the lines of what Transformers (cartoon) fans had wanted all along.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Travel: Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

George Town, the capital city of Penang state, is located on Penang Island in the North-West of Malaysia. It might be Malaysia’s second largest city after Kuala Lumpur, but it’s nowhere near as crazy and in your face as the country’s capital. Especially in its quaint old town centre.
5 Things You Should Explore in Georgetown, Penang
Penang Ferry began its operations in 1920, making it the oldest ferry service in Malaysia. These iconic ferries ply between the Seberang Perai mainland and Penang island, ferrying both passengers and vehicles to and from the island.
The ferries are designed for vehicles to roll-on/roll-off. Some board pedestrian passengers on the upper deck and small vehicles (cars) on the lower deck, whereas some board vehicles on both decks.

The benches for passengers on the upper decks have pivoting backs that can be flipped back and forth so passengers can sit facing in the direction of travel regardless of which way the ferry is going.
The 15 minute ferry ride allows visitors to enjoy the spectacular view of Penang island and serves as a reliable mode of transportation to and from the island.
A fleet of eight ferries, named after the many beautiful islands in Malaysia, the ferries are named Pulau Pinang, Pulau Payar, Pulau Angsa, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Rimau, Pulau Undan, Pulau Rawa and Pulau Talang-Talang ply the waters. Penang Port is unique, in that it is the only port in Malaysia that runs a ferry service, linking Georgetown on Penang Island (Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda) and Butterworth on the mainland (Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim)
Important Note:
First ferry from Butterworth to George Town at 05.20 am.
Last ferry to Penang at 00.10 am.
First ferry from Penang Island to Butterworth at 05.40 am.
Last ferry to Butterworth at 00.40 am.
The Penang ferry runs roughly every 20 to 30 minutes, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cover the 3km distance.
After 10pm, there are less frequent boats, with just one departure every 60 minutes.

Kapitan’s has made a name for itself and namely, its Tandoori Chicken. Be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper or those unnamed in-between meals, Kapitan’s, while initially boosted to fame with its tandoori chicken, has since gone on to attracting as many customers for its nasi briyani, naans and a rather eccentric mix of a drink, badam milk (pure cow milk boiled with ground almond, cashew nuts and raisins with sugar).

Another specials that you MUST find for breakfast in Georgetown is the toast. “Roti Bakar Telur Goyang” or in English will be Toast and Poaches Eggs. Nothing can go wrong with this toast as it’s traditional toasted on the charcoal. It is located at Roti Bakar Hutton Lane, GPS will help you to find the place. It’s walking distance from  the street art though.

Some shot of the street art in Georgetown that’s one of the attraction to take picture with.

If you would like to visit Georgetown, I would recommend you to stay within the radius of Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street or Beach Street. It is convenient for you to walk around. So have fun!


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

#CafeHopKL: Heli Lounge Bar KL The Rooftop Bar on Helipad with 360° Views of KL City


A helipad by day and bar by night? Yes, that’s exactly what Heli Lounge Bar is all about. When you’ve finally accomplished climbing a flight of stairs up to the Heli Lounge, you’ll find yourself standing out in the open surrounded by 360 degree views of KL and some mismatched furniture. Downstairs, there’s a club with a Resident DJ and aviation-inspired decor.
34th floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 
Mon-Wed 6pm-12am, Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am.
A little reminder you will see before you go up to the stair case. And Oh! You have to buy at least a drink before you can go up. That’s a good catch since it is FREE for you to enjoy the scenery at the roof top, a drink is a good deal! :p Do not get drunk, we don’t want anyone to jump down from the 34th floor. LOL! 

Carefully walk up the stairs, for 2 floors, and there you go, the beautiful view of this hustle city is ready to welcome you! It is open air, right on a functional helipad which is used as landing area for aircrart by day, and transformed into a “sky bar on helipad” by night – memorable.

Tips: Come early in order to get a good seat with a good sunset view. Heli Lounge Bar opens at 5pm so try to get in before 6pm.
Dress Code: No shorts or slipper after 9PM but it is okay before the night comes.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Hiking: Bukit Saga, Ampang

While there are parts of Ampang’s Bukit Saga or Saga Hill, that are quiet and unspoilt, other parts can feel overly tended and less than natural. Still Bukit Saga is beloved by the community it serves. And the community loves it straight back.
There are many routes to choose from, which start from various sides of the hill. Saga Hill refers to the hilltop nearest the small town of Taman Saga, where the starting point is. Before you are considering Saga Hill, I strongly suggest wear a pair of proper hiking shoe and prepare a hiking stick for this hill.

Saga Hill is a great hike for nature lovers. Mildly challenging trails that will work up a bit of a sweat. Many trails to choose from so be aware of your route or hike with someone experienced and knows the trails. Nice waterfall that will help cool you down.


Once you have reached the peak of Bukit Saga, you may proceed further to reach the roundabout that will lead you to the Hilltop & Waterfall trail. We decided to take the waterfall trail instead of the hilltop. The Hilltop trail is very popular with hikers who are doing their trainings for mountain trekking.


Overall, it was a challenging trail for a beginner but with perseverance and persistence, it was worth it especially the satisfaction of reaching the waterfall. Would recommend everyone to at least have a go at Bukit Saga. As there seems to be some people who are maintaining the trail there, the area is well kept and very clean. Even the waterfall area is rubbish free allowing hikers to just enjoy the natural beauty.
The residents (many of which are more senior and like to climb every day) apparently prefer that climbers don’t park too near their houses, so the suggested parking space is a small park in front of a kindergarten (I think). From there, Saga Hill is clearly visible.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Movie: Crazy Rich Asian

Crazy Rich Asians is one of the the Asian-led romantic comedy topping box offices in the USA in 2018.

With a huge cast of veteran actors and newcomers alike, Crazy Rich Asians has been lauded as a first important step in representation on screen.
Gallant Nick Young (British-Malaysian TV host Henry Golding) and NYU Economics Professor, Rachel Chu (“Fresh Off the Boat’s” Constance Wu), are two lovebirds setting out to meet his family in the thriving city-state of Singapore on the occasion of his best friend Colin’s (Australia’s Chris Pang) wedding.
Crazy Rich Asians has focused on the unlikelihood of a big-budget Hollywood production being built around an all-Asian cast, directed by an Asian filmmaker (Jon M. Chu), based on a hit novel by an Asian writer (Kevin Kwan), and aimed largely at Asian audiences, who’ve been served by so many rich global film traditions but far less so in the U.S. over the years. It won’t be long, however, until the story becomes one of how many stars wind up emerging from this film. For one, Wu has been doing solid work for some time now, but here she delivers the kind of radiant, charismatic turn that creates movie stars overnight. Rachel is very much an audience proxy for Chu’s foray into Singapore’s luxurious day and nightlife scenes, and her wonder is quickly replaced by the terror of being thrust into a situation she was left completely unprepared to handle. A lot is asked of Wu throughout the film, and she responds with the kind of genuine magnetism that can’t be feigned by a lesser performer.
“Crazy Rich Asians” gives us a smooth, polished take on Cinderella in a context looking at cultural clashes that reach beyond ethnic similarities. Rachel, a first-generation Chinese-American, speaks Cantonese as well as anyone in Nick’s family, and most of the all-Asian cast speaks a plummy Queen’s English from their days in elite British boarding schools.
But the film’s strongest selling point isn’t that, or its dressed-to-kill costuming or its use of chic locations and appetite-exciting food porn. Its benefit is filtering all those elements through an old Capulets-and-Montagues story line and creating a deft, intelligent charmer as irresistibly fizzy as the champagne its characters quaff round-the-clock. It gives romance the royal treatment.
Main cast in Crazy Rich Asian:
  • Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, Nick’s girlfriend and Kerry’s daughter
  • Henry Golding as Nick Young, Rachel’s boyfriend and Phillip and Eleanor’s son
  • Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Sung-Young, Nick’s domineering mother and Phillip’s wife
I need to get the novel and  find out how does it go…

Hiking: Lata Lepoh, Hulu Langat

Lepoh Waterfall is located at Ulu Langat, Selangor. It took is about 20 minutes driving from Ampang. It’s quite confusing to get in, you have to make sure to follow a signboard of ‘Air Terjun Lata Lepoh’.
You have to drive all the way in and park your car at the parking space in between guests houses and lake. The parking fees is about RM 5. However, not many of us know about the parking space and most of the visitor park at the road side with caused jammed and a one way road for car.
There is a zip line, kayak and guest house available too with booking in advance. We did not explore that since our main purpose is going for hike. But goo that we know about other activities available there.
So, we started our journey from here…


The trail have a unique wooden bridge, it is old but stably built and set; then with a long trail of trek.
There are a lot of wild plants along the way. Since we went there during Jackfruit and Durian season, you can smell them on every step you go in LOL! We went through banana zone, bamboo zones, only with a couple of time upward trail in about 50 to 60 degree slopes, over all are mainly at 20 to 30 degree slopes.




The slopes that you have to go through to go up is about 30-45 degrees and there’s a spot with a pleasant smell of the wold flower. It falls down like the snow flakes, except for the coldness.

Location: 15 km north of Ulu Langat, near Kg Pangsun, Selangor
Total Distance: ~ 7.5 km
Max height: 584m
Elevation Gain: 385m
Difficulty: Flattish start. Decent incline throughout. Undefined paths.

You have to be extra careful and watch out for any wild insects in the jungle, you don’t want to kill them or step on them. We found huge Millipede at the riverbank (You can compare the size with my finger! :p)




If you are planning to hike there, make sure you have enough stamina and energy. Easy to see, but not easy to climb :p So, there is a waterfall on top of the hill, which we found pretty small and it is not convenient. There is no based for camp as well except for a small one that we found not safe for over night as it is not enough high.
Getting there Jump on the LEKAS Highway (E26) and continue until you’re on the SILK Highway (E18). Take a left off exit 1807. At around the 4.8km mark exit left onto the E7. At the 4.3km mark take exit 703 on the left then keep right. At the traffic light turn right. After the SM Hulu Langat school (on your left) at the traffic light junction (there’s a police station on your left) take a hard right onto (B52). Its straight for the next 20.5km. The turn off from Jalan Ulu Langat towards the trailhead is a 1.5km no-through road, and is only 2 kilometres short of the turning to the Gunung Nuang-Pangsoon trailhead.
GPS coordinates 3.222300, 101.863930

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Travel: Batu Caves, Malaysia


Batu Caves in short also referred as 10th Caves or Hill for Lord Muruga as there are six important holy shrines in India and four more in Malaysia. Located about 13km North of the city centre.

They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high. They were discovered in 1892.


The climb was made easy by a pile of angular rocks that over the years of wear and tear had chipped off the face cliff (40foot (12m)).

The Murugan statue was quite a project to build:
  • Cost: approximately 392 830 US$
  • Made of: 1550 cubic meters of concrete and 250 tonnes of steel bars
  • Gold paint: 300 liters
Walk up the stairs and inside the cave, most probably you need less than an hour to explore everything there. And, not to forget to drink coconut on the way down.

The cave is one of the most popular Tamil shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. The Thaipusam festival. Every year, on Thaipusam, as many as 800,000 devotees and other visitors may throng the caves. As a form of penance or sacrifice, many of them carry kavadis (literally, “burden,” such as a pitcher or jug). These are large, brightly decorated frameworks, usually combined with various metal hooks and skewers which are used to pierce the skin, cheeks and tongue.

Batu Caves is easily reached by Komuter train from Port Klang Route, costing RM 2 for a one-way journey from KL Sentral.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

News: Flower Chimp Secured MYR 6 Million Funding Following Success Across Southeast Asia

Founders Set to Expand Business in Singapore by the second half of August 2018.
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 August 2018 – “Say it with flowers!” Creating moments of love by sending flowers to your loved ones has gotten so much easier as the flower delivery industry booms with the growth of e-commerce worldwide. Imagine selecting your favourite bouquet and arranging for delivery as simple as a few clicks away. 
From birthday bouquets to congratulatory flower stands, special messages on Valentine’s and Mothers’ Day, Flower Chimp caters to all your blooming needs from as low as MYR89. Ahead of its competitors, Flower Chimpoffers a nationwide network which covers more than 80 districts across Malaysia, including in Sabah and Sarawak. Such wide coverage makes the platform the preferred online florist among consumers who enjoy further benefits with its free delivery on all orders at no minimum spend. Consumers can also arrange for the same day delivery for any orders made before 1 pm to surprise their loved ones.
“Despite being a new player in the flower delivery business, Flower Chimphas grown into a household name in this industry. In less than two years, we became the No 1 choice in the online flower delivery service in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines recording five (5) times growthcompared to last year,” said Maximilian Lotz, Founder of Flower Chimp.
Following its promising performance in the online florist service, Flower Chimp has recently secured an investment of MYR 6 million from its investors including Asia Venture Group (AVG), a private company that sees the promising potential Flower Chimp offers through its unique business model and marketing strategies. The same company has also invested in iMoney, Happy Fresh and iPrice.  “We aim to expand our reach to a new market in Singapore by the second half of August 2018, and other countries in Southeast Asia including Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong by 2019,” Lotz added. 
Self-taught in the flower business, Lotz and partner/Chief Operating Officer, Niklas Frassa plan to utilize the funds received to strengthen their footprint in Indonesia and the Philippines and improve their technical infrastructure to offer better benefits to their customers with smart features including live order tracking. “At the same time, we conduct our market research to come up with new products and promotions regularly to entice our customers to return to find what they are looking for,” said Frassa. 
Elaborating further, Frassa said, “With the power of online marketing and social media, we aim to enhance our branding and become the top-of-mind for our customers to look forward to as they become more tech-savvy every day. We are confident that in the next twelve (12) months; from Q4 2018 to Q4 2019, Flower Chimp will grow three (3) times over with contributions from all four major markets namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines”.

Flower Chimp in MalaysiaWebsite: https://www.flowerchimp.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlowerChimpMY/Instagram: @flowerchimp

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Lifestyle: Meet The Men Behind Flower Chimp


Maximilian Lotz
Chief Executive Officer, Flower Chimp
As the Chief Executive Officer of Flower Chimp, Maximilian is responsible for running all facets of the business across Flower Chimp’s four markets. Maximilian has an established track record in the e-commerce space from heading the Malaysia business of hear.com, an world-leading vendor of hearing aids. Prior to that, Maximilian gained vast experience investment banking & venture capital. Maximilian graduated with a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Maastricht University (Netherlands) and Bocconi University Milan (Italy)
Niklas Frassa
Chief Operating Officer, Flower Chimp
As the Chief Operating Officer of Flower Chimp, Niklas is responsible overseeing operations across departments in Flower Chimp’s four markets. Niklas’ background is in management consulting, where he among other roles acted as a project leader for the leading management consulting firm in Germany’s media industry. Furthermore, he gained vast e-commerce experience during stints in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia with Southeast Asia’s leading online fashion company, Zalora. Niklas graduated with a M.Sc. (CEMS) in International Management from Rotterdam School of Management (Netherlands) and a B.Sc. from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany).


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Travel: Night Cruise Pearl River in Guangzhou

One can not be considered to have visited Guangzhou, Pearl River. Night cruise is even more fascinating under the sparkling lights. It starts from the White Goose Pool and ends at the Guangzhou Bridge in the east and Baihedong (White Crane Cave) in the south. This section gave us vistas such as ‘Night Moon over the Goose Pool’ and ‘Red Heart of the Pearl River’. Everyone of us been captivated by the beauty of the Pearl River during this an hour cruise.

The Pearl River is the largest river in southern China and the third largest in China, measuring 2.129 meters in length and covering an area of 453,690 square kilometers. The river flows through the Sea Pearl Rock hence the name. It got a reputation of “Night Moon over the Goose Pool” and was selected as one of the Eight Sights of Guangzhou.
You’ll be captivated by the romantic atmosphere as you admire the sparkling lights of the city skyline. This is a great way to spend an evening in Guangzhou.
On a side notes… (Credit to KLOOK)

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Cruise Route:

  • Dashatou Wharf —> Haiyin Bridge —> North Gate Square of Sun Yat-Sen University —> Xinghai Concert Hall —> Canton Tower —> Liede Bridge —> Zhujiang International Beer Museum —> Haixinsha —> Dashatou Wharf

Scheduling:

  • Time of departure: 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:20pm, 7:40pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 9:20pm
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  • Ticket Office of Dashatou Wharf, No.466, Yanjiangdong Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Movie: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is the sequel to “Jurassic World,” Colin Trevorrow’s 2015 reboot of the “Jurassic Park” franchise. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles as Owen and Claire, and Jeff Goldblum’s return as Ian Malcolm from the original film.




“These creatures were here before us,” Goldblum says in the new footage. “And if we’re not careful, they’re gonna be here after us.”
Three years after all hell broke loose on little Isla Nublar, a newly active volcano is threatening to consume the surviving dinosaurs there. In America, activists push for a rescue mission: Having brought these species back to life, they argue, mankind owes them some kind of debt. A committee of lawmakers hears from an expert witness, whose advice boils down to “the genie’s out of the bottle, folks,” or, perhaps, “life will find a way.” Yep, that would be Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm, whose involvement in the film is limited to just this one bit of testimony — but whose lines may be teasing a bigger role next time around.
The ringleader of the save-the-dinos campaign is someone with plenty of reason to see them re-extincted: Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing, who nearly died every five minutes or so during the final hours of the park she used to run. Introducing her character with a shot that begins on her footwear and inches up, Bayona gets a laugh out of Jurassic World’s biggest idiocy: This time around, Claire will leave the high heels in the office and wear sturdy knee boots when it’s time to run through the jungle.
Claire is summoned by gazillionaire Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), who we learn was John Hammond’s partner in reviving extinct species before the latter split off and started the first Jurassic Park. Near death, Lockwood wants to set things right for the animals he helped create: He has located a pristine island that will be suitable as a tourist-free refuge, and wants Claire’s help getting as many animals as possible relocated there before Isla Nublar goes kablooey. Naturally, the mission will need the special talents of Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady, who has been off hand-building a cabin in the mountains since his affair with Claire ran out of steam.

Pratt downplays the cowboy charisma that helped make the human side of Jurassic World tolerable, but Owen remains cocksure enough to set the tone for developments to come: When, after arriving on Isla Nublar, the two realize there’s a plan afoot to steal dinosaurs and sell them for all sorts of nefarious purposes, Claire and Owen must sneak into and sabotage the effort much like Indy did with those Nazi submarines in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The mass evacuation leads them to a secret dino zoo on the American mainland, where mad scientists are holding that smaller-meaner beastie hinted at in Jurassic World: The Indoraptor, which gets genes from both that film’s Indominus Rex and the nightmare-maker who starred in the series’ first outing and most of its best moments since: the Velociraptor.

(About that auction: The screenwriters don’t seem to grasp the economics of a world ruled by the megarich. When a stainless-steel tchotchke by Jeff Koons can sell for almost $60 million, no auctioneer worth his haughty accent would allow a last-of-its-kind prehistoric monster to go for less than half that. As one baddie brags early on about being able to sell a specimen for $4 million, we snicker and recall Dr. Evil’s underwhelming “one million dollars!” ultimatum. Does he think that’s a lot of money for a dinosaur?)
Working with his usual DP, Oscar Faura, Bayona finds many opportunities to transform action beats into memorably beautiful visions. Trapped on the edge of the dying Isla Nublar, for instance, a magnificent lone animal — what are we supposed to call Brontosauruses these days? — rears on its hind legs as it’s engulfed in smoke and flame. In his many decades onscreen, Godzilla has rarely had such an operatic showcase. And reteaming with editor Bernat Vilaplana (who has worked often with both Bayona and Guillermo del Toro), the director ensures that the enchanting images don’t derail the picture’s intensifying action pace.
While the movie courses seamlessly through different modes, it remains old-fashioned in its treatment of Howard’s character, who mostly screams and runs while Owen gets things done. Claire has grown up a lot since her debut as Jurassic World’s soulless corporate climber, but she remains a damsel in distress who (this time, as last) gets to perform a single far-fetched heroic feat when things are at their most dire.

Fallen Kingdom ends with an act that is just about impossible to believe outside the context of a fiction that, like DNA, is driven solely by the need to replicate itself. This is said to be the second film in a trilogy. But Fallen Kingdom’s closing scenes seem intent on something far bigger, like a Planet of the Apes-style saga that has barely begun. You don’t remake reality in a film’s final frames without intending to milk things for as long as the public will keep buying tickets. If future instalments are this rich and exciting, that’s probably going to be a while.
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of all is the way the film ends, by clearly telegraphing the setup for the third Jurassic World, which already has a 2021 release date. But this movie crosses certain boundaries in a way that can’t be undone, and if audiences don’t like where things are headed at the end of this film, they aren’t likely to have those concerns addressed in the next instalment.
Production companies: Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment
Distributor: Universal
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Isabella Sermon, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B.D. Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum
Director: J.A. Bayona
Screenwriters: Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow
Producers: Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Belen Atienza
Executive producers: Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow
Director of photography: Oscar Faura
Production designer: Andy Nicholson
Costume designer: Sammy Sheldon
Editor: Bernat Vilaplana
Composer: Michael Giacchino
Casting: Nina Gold