The park is open.
Twenty-two years after the disastrous events of Jurassic Park, the vision of founder John Hammond is now reality - a fully-functional theme park open to the public, and populated by dinosaurs.... More
While staff member Owen (Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy) conducts research into the fearsome velociraptor, scientists at the park are cooking up a new, genetically-modified dinosaur in the lab... Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village), Vincent D'Onofrio and Jake Johnson co-star, while Colin Trevorrow directs what is just his second feature film after indie charmer Safety Not Guaranteed.Hide
BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
Returning to the site of 1993’s Jurassic Park, now open as a fully-fledged tourist attraction, Jurassic World has endured a similarly torturous development process (albeit with fewer dinosaur-related deaths). Emerging surprisingly lean and mean after years of script splicing in Hollywood’s writers labs, comparisons with Spielberg’s original are inevitable, if perhaps unfair.... More
For starters, there’s no way to recapture the sense of wonder that Jurassic Park conjured as movie audiences were treated to frighteningly realistic dinosaurs interacting with (read: often chowing down on) present-day humans. And, try as they might, subsequent sequels never managed to improve on the original’s depiction of man’s folly in trying to impose order over nature – a theme that’s at the heart of the series and remains present here.
Although thematic elements may seem familiar, and authority figures’ attitudes to security still cavalier, Jurassic World thankfully doesn’t trade too heavily on nostalgia or callbacks to the original. There’s no mistaking its DNA, but on the surface level everything’s shiny and new, with fresh dinosaurs to be terrified by, and previously untapped dimensions to familiar fanged foes.
Visitor and audience wonderment is fuelled by the scale of attractions and fear of what lurks behind barriers for the most part, rather than the awe that came from interacting with docile dinos in the original, something that’s disappointing on the one hand, but leaving more screen time for thrilling action sequences that ramp up the tension and tempo. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard acquit themselves well in such moments, plus, any action scenes nodding to Aliens/Predator 2 play just fine with me.
Guest fatigue with the familiar has driven park management to go bigger and badder with their creations, which feels like an unknowing parallel with the film itself. But going larger in places, ridiculous in others, and action-packed as possible makes this an inessential sequel that’s viscerally, if not emotionally or intellectually, stimulating.Hide
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BY Mel superstar
It's hard to get past the cringe-y sexism - I'm not even talking about the "heels" (actually didn't mind that): the patronising sister with kids, the poor assistant who's only crime was being a little up herself, the boys immediately clinging to Chris Pratt's alpha male despite just witnessing their aunt take out a pteranodon (he also takes this opportunity to have a pash, naturally)... Such a... More shame - especially considering it was something noticeably absent from the first film.
"Dinosaur eats man... woman inherits the earth". Not quite yet...Hide
BY Jess-Yarrall grader
What can I say, I love Jurassic park and was super excited about a new film coming out after such a long time. Film 2 and 3 were disappointments, but they were still dinosaur films and so I enjoyed them. Jurassic World plot wise was very similar to its predecessor, but who cares, it has all the glorious things that we lived the first time around. I for one hope they do another one soon.
(Only small issue I had was that darn women running everywhere in heels. Not gunna happen!)
BY RexH superstar
That said, I can still cast a critical eye over them. I recently watch the original and version 3 and still find them both effective for different reasons. The first is both tension-filled and contains an excellent range of characters. The third went more for humour, which I didn't mind and it worked well for me.... More The latest version seems to be somewhere inbetween (By the way, why has no-one considered adding David Atenborough to these films? Having him pop up as a cameo doing his thing would be a delightful addition and a nod to his late brother).
Anyway, how does this latest incarnation of the Park shape up? Damn well as an average action flick. But it lacks the x-factor of the aforementioned films. The actors are all dependable in their roles, but kind of disposable, too. Literally in some instances! Again we have kids in danger - just once I'd like to see one of them disappear down a dino's throat! I was kind of wishing Laura Dern would get a chance to be at the helm, but no luck. It could have picked up on some plot threads from previous films as well. What happened to the Pterasaurs flying free at the end of the last film and how about that cannister of dino embryos that disappeared in the mud after Neary got smeared in the first film? I enjoyed Jurassic World for what it was, but it would have been better for me if there had been more tension and a more defined link to the previous films. What themes there were could also have been given more depth. Maybe next time... Terrorists in the Park?Hide
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