Well, here we are again, dinosaurs are running amuck and it is up to the old gang to save the day in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

In this follow-up by director J.A. Bayona, we find Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) working on dino conservation, cold-calling government officials in hopes of convincing someone, anyone, that the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar need protection. A volcano is threatening to erupt any day, and the dinosaurs were left to fend for themselves after the disastrous events at the theme park three years prior. Though it could have had the opposite effect, Claire’s harrowing time on the island seems to have instilled in her a respect for the lives of the creatures that were brought (with her help) into the modern world against their will.

With no government support, Claire begrudgingly teams up with ex-boyfriend Owen (Chris Pratt), two newbies from her non-profit, and a gang of well-funded mercenaries to illegally capture the dinosaurs and transport them to a volcano-free island oasis. Better to ask for forgiveness than permission sometimes, right? In the process of saving the day though, the group uncovers a money-hungry scheme and some buried secrets that have huge implications for both man and beast.

Although 2015’s Jurassic World managed to capture some of the magic of Spielberg’s original adaptation, the bloom is unfortunately off the rose. Fallen Kingdom has gone the way of the ’90s sequels — all raging crossbred dinos, molten lava, and explosions, and too little substance.

As any fan of the 1993 original will attest, part of what made the movie so well-loved is that it balanced action and jump scares with thought-provoking pseudo-science. It also gave us likable characters who spouted quotable lines along the way. Fallen Kingdom tries hard to achieve the same whimsical mix but winds up with an overabundance of implausible action (yes, even for a movie about genetically-engineered dinosaurs), a repetition of past Jurassic movie plot points that feels a bit lazy, and jokes that don’t quite land. The movie packs in so many heart-pounding moments that it glosses over what could actually be very interesting subplots. Consequently, new characters, though charming, could lift right out of the movie easily and no one would care.

There is something to be said for the fun-factor of this movie — who doesn’t like CGI dinos and Pratt’s goofy humor? — but overall, it is a miss. Not that it will stop Universal from cashing in on the IP though, of course. There’s already another sequel slated for 2021 release. To borrow some phrasing from the incomparable Dr. Ian Malcolm (who gets a rather wasted reprise in this film): Hollywood was so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom roars into theaters June 22nd, 2018.