Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure based on characters created by Michael Crichton. The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Trevorrow & Derek Connolly, and the story is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitors' interest, which backfires horribly.
Genre: Epic Action-Adventure
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong and Irrfan Khan
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Screenplay by: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow
Story by: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
Based on Characters Created by: Michael Crichton
Produced By: Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Thomas Tull
3.5 Stars – Entertaining!
In Jurassic World, initial creator of Jurassic Park John Hammond has entrusted his vision to a new billionaire, Simon Masrani. Masrani has managed to accomplish what Hammond was not: bring the dream to fruition and create a functional amusement park for the masses.
Sadly, market forces, investors and the ennui of the park goers have encouraged the geneticists at Jurassic World to create a new dinosaur: bigger, better…scarier. Enter the Indominus Rex (I-Rex). It’s bigger than a T-Rex and is a man-created animal – it has unknown abilities and traits since it is a genetic soup.
With Jurassic World being a disaster movie and all…we all know what happens next: the I-Rex gets free and wreaks havoc in the park. The “fun” comes in with how the characters in the movie deal with the disaster. No one knows what the I-Rex is made from so they have no way to judge it’s abilities. The creator of the I-Rex, Dr. Wu – also the original geneticist and actor from Jurassic Park – has kept the formula a secret. Even from Masrani and all other company employees.
I feel that Jurassic World is a good “reboot” to the franchise. I have to admit, it made me want to see the other two movies in the series (I just finished watching the original Jurassic Park a few days ago). Jurassic World both decreased and ratcheted up the stakes (vs. Jurassic Park).
Jurassic Park takes place in a state of the art amusement park that hasn’t opened to the public yet. There are very few people on the island with the dinosaurs but the tension and the reason for the park containment failure really helped to turn Jurassic Park into something like a bloody thriller. The dinosaurs were quite scary and there’s a decent amount of gore.
Jurassic World takes place in a fully functional, fully open park. There are thousands of people spread throughout the island/park. Even though there are so many people in the park – so many people to be fed upon and killed – there is not a lot of on-screen deaths. When there is an on-screen death there is very (very) little blood.
Just to be honest, I enjoyed Jurassic World but feel that Jurassic Park was a much better movie: better script, better plot and better done with less. In some aspects it feels like Jurassic World is a bit of a copycat of Jurassic Park: overarching but unknown motivations for some of the characters are what cause the devastation of the park. The animals do what wild animals do – it’s the humans who are surprised when (as my husband would say) the “tiger went tiger” on them.
One of the things that I found to be hilarious (and a bit distracting) was the female main character’s costume – she’s pictured above in the movie poster. She wore that damn outfit the entire movie…with the heels. The heels never got too dirty, she was able to run in them on wet ground, the deep mud never sucked the shoes off and she never once complained that her feet hurt. MAN! I need magical heels like that!
I also found Chris Pratt’s character, actions and his raptors to be more than a bit unbelievable. What I did find very plausible was the deliberate genetic mutations of the dinosaur DNA to create a new monster. Of course man would try to play God. It’s what we do best.
All in all, Jurassic World is pretty entertaining. It’s not a movie that allows for any thought – that will completely destroy any enjoyment – but if you sit back and just go along with the ride you’ll have a great time!
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