Jurassic World (2015)

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Jurassic World (2015)
  • Time: 120 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Colin Trevorrow
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins

Storyline:

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 visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

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  • No pressure Mr Trevorrow:

    When tasked with taking up and continuing Spielberg’s iconic prehistoric franchise, director Colin Trevorrow smartly took the chance to not only continue the Jurassic Park story, but push it in a totally new direction… enter Jurassic World! The park is open and ready to witness! Allowing John Hammond’s vision to become a fully realised and complete attraction is an exciting premise for any fan of the original movies. However with the weight of the world on his shoulders to deliver on one of the biggest movies of the year, does Trevorrow succeed in reinvigorating that childish love/fear relationship with dinosaurs from the originals, or is this new franchise destined to become…yeah, you got it.

    The film opens with the film’s younger additions, brothers Zach and Gray (played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simkins respectively). Their parents send them on a trip to Jurassic World with the hopes that they’ll bond more with their aunt Clare (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), who also happened to be the Park’s Operations Manager. JW also features dinosaur behavioural expert Owen Grady (played by Chris Pratt) who manages the park’s Raptor pack. Because of low attendance due to a worldwide dinosaur complacency, the park introduces a new attraction designed to ‘up the wow factor’. This test tube invention, the ‘Indominus Rex’, is a huge hybrid carnivore with an equally massive appetite and a serious identity crisis. Inevitably the ‘I Rex’ escapes, all hell breaks loose and great number of people become dinosaur chow… let’s face it, if you weren’t expecting that from the start, you’re in the wrong franchise.

    Well as per usual let me start with the utmost positive: The concept and storyline for this movie is extremely clever and approaches a lot of issues in today’s world, especially regarding ‘profit over passion’. The idea that the park has now been finished and is open to the public hints that no matter the casualties in the past, we as humans still saw the potential profit in these dangerous attractions and decided to keep trying until the park was finalised. The plot continues to address Ian Malcom’s great phrase of ‘Scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should’ with the hybrid experimentation. Initially the idea of a hybrid dinosaur was sketchy but the screenwriters very seamlessly fitted Indominus into the prehistoric world and created, for the first time in a long time, a legit movie-monster. The I-Rex is scary, intelligent, believable and not over the top either. A difficult idea, actually pulled off very well. Trevorrow himself said ‘The Indominus is a symbol of consumer and corporate excess… we humans are surrounded by wonder, yet we crave bigger, faster, louder, better.’ It’s a very accurate portrayal of how far humans are willing to push to satisfy our lust for entertainment.

    The cast are surprisingly good all across the board: Bryce Dallas Howard’s character is a surprisingly tough addition too. Clare Dearing makes a slow transition through the film from stuck up career-girl (not able to remember her nephews’ ages is a nice touch) to full blown kick-ass survival machine! A good journey for the feminists in the audience. Chris Pratt has seemingly completed his metamorphosis from awkward office dweeb to hunky action stud in this film. Owen Grady is cool, calm, collected and extremely likeable and Pratt is a convincing Raptor handler as well. Though the chemistry with Howard and Pratt could have had a little more sizzle, with neither truly committing to their romantic ark (it’s obvious from the start, seriously not a spoiler), the individuals themselves give very good overall performances and are a strong lead duo. The biggest surprise in the film was the duel performances of Nick Robinson and Ty Simkins as the brothers Zach and Gray. Where Trevorrow could have easily opted for the whiny brats that you can’t wait to see get munched, we actually get a surprisingly touching journey for the brothers, with some interesting backstory for the family as a whole. The boys both give great overall performances, the whininess is minimal and they are believable brothers on screen. A winning pair.

    The supporting cast are all great as well, though a lot of them do seem to just be there for dinos to chomp later on.

    JW really does like to play to nostalgia as well; there are a number of references to the first Jurassic Park film, though none of the references are random and they all make sense to the story. The music is used excellently for this. The original John Williams theme is used sparingly but perfectly for the moments that hit hardest for nostalgia and sheer epic scope. The score outside of the Williams theme isn’t really memorable at all but does the job very well to back up the main theme, though it would have definitely been nice for Michael Giacchino to create some memorable themes of his own. However, overall this is a solid score and the main themes are used exactly for the right moments and I can’t exactly fault Giacchino too much when following John Williams’ untoopable original themes.

    The expected quality of practical dinosaur models in Jurassic World is a lot more subtle, but no less impressive. The raptors heads, while stuck in their restraints, move with a real ferocity and life to them that cgi just can’t replicate, their eyes glare with real life behind them in these scenes and really come out well. One of the practical highlight scenes to me involves a full sized Brontosaurus model. It really hits with the emotion and the sheer enormity of the animal. Unfortunately, don’t expect any other full sized animal models. The number of practical dinosaur models are still apparent, with plenty of head shots and close ups but it is never as obvious as with the originals. A bit disappointing but just enough to wet the appetite of hardcore practical Jurassic Park fans.

    I have three primary criticisms of this film. First is the finale;

    While the set pieces are stunning and the effects are excellent, the whole sequences plays out exactly as you’d expect, nothing pans out with a twist or an attempt to swerve the viewer. It’s just a bog-standard hollywood ending with plenty of sequel bate should they wish to continue the franchise. Also, this finale kinda sums up that Jurassic World is a good ‘monster movie’, but not a very good ‘Jurassic’ movie. It doesn’t really deserve the merit of carrying the same logo as Spielberg’s original. The finale sequence, while predictable, is very impressive, if not too cgi focused, hence ‘monster movie’. Even the old dinos that appeared in the originals are less realistic in Jurassic World than they were in their predecessors which annoys me considering how incredible cgi has apparently come.

    My next main criticism is a storyline involving the ‘potential weaponisation’ of dinosaurs. I won’t spoil but one character is obsessed with this and doesn’t shut up about it, even though it is obvious from the first sentence just how bad this idea really is. Anyhow this is played up immensely, and assists with the whole monster movie cliche of extremely idiotic humans trying to use something deadly to assist our needs. and inevitably failing and becoming harmful in the process. No one will be surprised how that guy’s film appearance ends…

    My third and final primary criticism of JW is the use of comedy in the midst of intense action sequences. There are several scenes in which dinosaurs are chowing on people and during these scenes, some lighthearted comic stuff is flung in to ease the tension. This completely takes us out of the scene and goes against what made Spielberg’s original so effective, which was a complete lack of comedy surrounding the carnivorous dinosaurs. I suppose this could also be counted as part of the finale criticism, since mot of this is in the finale, but it deserves it’s own mention.

    Overall Jurassic World is a very enjoyable movie that just unfortunately never lives up to the expectation of the Jurassic title. The cast are all great with memorable characters and believable relationships. The plot is original and really brings this dinosaur world up to date for the modern audience, though this does mean sacrificing a lot of practical effects. The finale is all over the place with cgi heavy sequences and the outcome is a ‘been there, done that’ closer to the film, as well as the lighthearted comedy during the intense finale ruining the overall mood.
    While I’ve been clear in my criticisms, the first hour and a half of the film that leads up to the finale is actually very strong! The tense scenes and scares come off really well, the first batch of dino food soldiers have one of the more brutally effective scenes in the franchise and Colin Trevorrow clearly cares a lot for the original with plenty of nostalgic moments for us to smile at. The Indominus Rex provides a great movie monster, and as a monster/action movie this is an extremely enjoyable popcorn flick.

    It is easily the 2nd best in the franchise, however with expectations at an all time high for a Jurassic Park follow-up, it just doesn’t quite hit the mark.

    7/10

  • Jurassic Park should never have been a franchise. Few directors can match Steven Spielberg’s mastery at rooting spectacle in childlike wonder. Not even Spielberg himself could top the purity of sheer entertainment he created with the tale of dinosaurs resurrected and run amok. The Lost World was disappointing, Jurassic Park III (directed by Joe Johnston) even more so. Colin Trevorrow takes the reins in Jurassic World and he and co-screenwriters Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Derek Connolly make a series of smart decisions which acknowledge the futility of topping the original’s perfection but which also strongly validate the continuation of the franchise.

    Though released 22 years after Jurassic Park, Jurassic World establishes itself as that film’s rightful sequel. John Hammond’s theme park has become a reality. Thousands of kids and their parents travel to the island of Isla Nubar to experience Hammond’s manipulation of Mother Nature. Kids can pet the baby dinos, they can even ride on the backs of the adorable triceratops. Crowds can gasp as a gigantic sea creature bursts from the water pen to swallow the great white shark dangling from a hook above.

    Yet these miracles of nature have become ho-hum for the public and even more so for the island’s owners, who want to create bigger and better attractions to increase attendance. To that end, ex-Hammond geneticist Dr. Henry Wu (original cast member B.D. Wong) has engineered a new hybrid dinosaur known as Indominus rex, who is part T-rex and who knows what else. “Do you think it will scare the kids?” Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) asks Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan). The billionaire who inherited the park from Hammond approves – it will give both the kids and their parents nightmares.

    The nightmares come sooner than they expect when their newest asset proves to be a highly intelligent and deadly creature, managing to escape its heavily fortified paddock to view the outside world for the first time. As it makes its way to the well-populated theme park, Claire and raptor whisperer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) race against time to stop the Indominus rex before it kills everyone, including Claire’s two nephews (Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins), on the island.

    Trevorrow stages several thrilling scenes, starting with the Indominus rex’s escape to the nephews’ rendezvous with the creature as they’re riding around in a Gyrosphere. The arguable highlight may be the motorcycle-riding Owen leading the quartet of Velociraptors, with whom he has a bond, as they tear through the jungle in pursuit of the escaped dinosaur, who can not only camouflage but evade thermal detection. Certainly the finale, an orgiastic dinosaur free-for-all, reaches ridiculous heights of absurdity and is all the more satisfying for it.

    Pratt proves himself an affable and engaging leading man. It takes a certain talent to sell such potentially silly scenes as Owen talking down the Velociraptors, but Pratt makes you believe. Howard has the tougher role, having to transform from being a tightly-wound, career-driven, children-allergic corporate flack to someone who helps save the day. Wearing high heels the whole time no less! Jake Johnson, who appeared in Trevorrow’s charming Safety Not Guaranteed), provides ample comic relief and meta commentary as one of Claire’s control room drones.

    Trevorrow has a solid understanding of what worked in Jurassic Park, which is frequently and often cheekily referenced. He knows how to generate suspense – dinosaurs slowly coming within inches of our imperiled protagonists are always hold-your-breath moments – and, most remarkably, he puts the fun back in the franchise. He takes the time to establish what an unbelievable feeling it must be to be amongst these creatures. He and his team also know who the real stars are: the Velociraptors. More than the Indominus rex, more than the T-rex, these oddly endearing and most lethal of predators are the main attraction. One could convincingly argue that they have the best and most intriguing storyline as they find themselves caught between two alphas: one man, the other monster.

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  • (Ratings: ☆☆☆ out of 4)

    This film is recommended.

    In brief: Dinosaurs again prey on humans in this enjoyable but very predictable installment.

    GRADE: B

    Chomp! The sideshow has finally arrived…once again! Thrills await! Step right up and see heroic derdoings! Gaze at the reptilian marvels on display before they are unleashed to the masses wreaking havoc on their prey. Watch damsels-in-distress flee from the monstrous hordes of wizardly lizards. (And man, can she run in high heels!) Witness scenes of spectacular state-of-the-art CGI wonder. The media circus is here as the summer movie season descends with Jurassic World literally leading the pack for your attention and enjoyment.

    It has been 14 years since the last dinosaur outing of the Spielberg trilogy. (This latest installment is not directed by him but he was involved in its making and has his DNA fingerprints all over this film.) Now, solidly directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World doesn’t earn its rightful pedigree like its more original and innovative source, but it qualifies as delirious sloppy seconds in its earnestness to create scares and its ability to entertain. The film doesn’t relax and play with its audience like the original. It’s a more straightforward retelling along the same (blood)line.

    The paper-thin plot revolves (or should that be evolves) around the simple premise of all the other films from this franchise. The filmmakers splice together the same DNA to manufacture a bigger and badder model to scare up some business for more revenue. Isla Nublar, a dino-park, similar to a Disneyland / Sea World tourist attraction, has fallen on desperate times. Even with all of its brontosauruses and pteranodons, the public wants more. So the powers that be genetically modify a newer prototype, namely Indominous Rex, who seems to want to dominate his environs and be his own alpha male. Never mess with a successful formula or Mother Nature! Art imitates life once again, only this time the results are decidedly mixed.

    Unlike the far superior and more imaginative Jurassic Park, there is no sly wit, no clever banter, no memorable set pieces (like in that classic kitchen sequence with the raptors). It just one chase scene after the next with no character development in sight. But the action is good and somewhat suspenseful. The film is that epic blockbuster with its big budgeted CGI that we have come to expect. And on that matter, the film delivers. The dinosaurs are real and lifelike. It’s their human counterparts that aren’t.

    Chris Pratt takes on his Indiana Jones role with much charm and bravado. Bryce Dallas Howard has the thankless stereotypical role of the icy career woman who will thaw out once she gets her man. Vincent D’Onofrio is all caricature, a cartoon villain and nothing more. Only Nick Robinson, Judy Greer, and Jake Johnson bring some nuance to their one-dimensional characters. Basically, the rest of the actors are just pawns to a weak script. They are there solely as appetizers for the scaly inhabitants of the island.

    The biggest shock is that this screenplay-by-committee was created by a quartet of writers (including the director) who were all unable to bring any freshness, depth, or logic to this lamest of stories. The set-up is so uninspired and cliché-ridden even down to its incompatible couple and two children in peril story.

    At best, the film lampoons our insatiable need for “more” thrills and targets our self-serving theme park mentality of instant gratification. Yet in so many scenes, product endorsements with the likes of Coca-Cola, Pandora, and Mercedes-Benz become glaringly blatant and lumber in gargantuan proportions that distract and Indominous us.

    One character in the film aptly states about the public’s taste for entertainment, “We want it bigger and louder…and with more teeth.” That may sum up our moviegoing appetite as well. This upgraded fourth generation of dino-thrills may certainly possess two of the former descriptive terms, but it’s in the latter category in which the film has no bite. Jurassic World, while still fun, is a bit toothless.

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  • Quickie Review:

    After the events of Jurassic Park, 22-years ago, Isla Nublar now hosts the original vision of a functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World. To keep the public interest and raise the visitor rates, the corporation engineer a new breed of dinosaur, Indominus Rex (I-Rex). Meddling with genetic research once again puts the park and people in danger when the I-Rex breaks loose. Jurassic World while not living up to the Spielberg’s classic, stands strong on its own merits. The new I-Rex is a great new addition to the roster of scary dinosaurs and the CGI is very well done. There are some sub-plots that don’t fit well, but the overall story is a thrill ride with both horror and action. Jurassic World is a great summer-blockbuster monster fun.

    Full Review:

    While I was looking forward to Jurassic World, the trailers left me only cautiously optimistic. I had quite a few doubts about the movie: genetic splicing of different dinosaur species, trained raptors, over-reliance on CGI. It all seemed too different from Jurassic Park. After watching the movie all my apprehensions were thrown out the window because different is exactly what Jurassic World needed.

    Let’s start with the star/villain of the movie, I-Rex. The perfect word to describe her is terrifying. The sheer size of her in every aspect, jaw, feet, claws, if you saw her running towards you, to quote the movie “The kids? This will give their parents nightmares.” Which is perfect! Because that’s an essential part of what Jurassic Park was, a horror. It’s not just the physicality of the dinosaur but the way she moves, thinks, and takes advantage of her spliced nature that added a lot to her being an insurmountable threat. A lot of the dinosaurs were CGI even for close-ups but it never pulled me out of the movie. The computer visual effects were very well polished, and I am saying that as a huge fan of practical effects where possible. In fact, the dinosaur designs were so well done I’d say they had more personality than most human characters in other movies.

    Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard were also very good in the movie. As much I loved Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy as Star-Lord, I didn’t want him to play the same character agian. Luckily he doesn’t and still is a badass. He showed that with the way he interacted with the raptors and the way he’d improvise to get out of a difficult situation. I’d like to reassure you that the way the raptors are trained makes complete sense in the context of the movie. They are still dangerous animals, not completely tamed, so their scenes with Pratt hold a lot of tension. Pratt and the rest of the cast including the kids Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson are not completely humourless. There are some good jokes here and there that keep the movie from becoming completely dreary.

    There are few small issues I do have with the movie but the subplots in particular is what bothered me the most. This is the second time in two weeks there is a movie with a divorce subplot. But the way it is handled in Jurassic World is even worse because it never really affects the story or the characters significantly. There are also other story arcs that are not executed well and so feel out of place. I can’t say much else without spoiling the movie but if these subplots were trimmed off, Jurassic World may have been a more well-rounded film.

    I have to say I really enjoyed my time with Jurassic World. Like for many others Jurassic Park means a lot to me, it’s the first Hollywood movie I remember from my childhood. Director Colin Trevorrow did an excellent job in honouring the classic while introducing us to something new. When you watch the movie, you can tell this was a movie made by a fan (a very talented one too) for the fans. By the end of the movie I was applauding it. So if you have your doubts like I did, go watch it, because I’m sure it’ll surprise you.

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  • Twenty-two years ago, Steven Spielberg broke new ground in the Sci-Fi genre with the release of Jurassic Park. Not only was the film a visual-effects game-changer but it’s likable characters, thrilling and suspenseful action sequences and that Spielbergian sense of adventure made it a time-less classic. Twenty-two years later, rookie director Colin Trevorrow has been entrusted with the immensely difficult job of breathing new life into the hit franchise. As someone who pretty much grew up on Jurassic Park, I have been, like many others waiting for this sequel for ages. Needless to say that the mediocre Lost World and dreadful Jurassic Park III were not adequate. So after much anticipation, Jurassic World is finally here, does it live up to it’s overblown hype? It most definitely does.

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  • Many of us in the audience took our children to see Jurassic Park and those kids are now grown and have kids of their own who are being taken to see Jurassic World. They won’t be disappointed.
    Although Steven Spielberg doesn’t have his name in the credits as often as he did in the original you can bet he was very hands on with this project. The quality, in all aspects, shows his involvement. The screenplay is credited to four people and it is done well. How Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, and Derek Connolly managed to write a logical and coherent script without a coordinating hand outside of the group is difficult to imagine. Trevarrow is also the director and he does a very good job keeping the pace moving, the visuals interesting, and the actors, who must have done a great deal of this movie with green screen, focused and reacting appropriately.
    And then there’s the hundreds of people who helped create the special effects. It is surprising how well the old movies hold up when compared to this new one. I’m certain there’s a whole slew of improvements but you don’t notice the improvements because they work so well and the story is interesting so you’re not distracted by the CGI and other special effects.
    Chris Pratt plays Owen an employee of the park who works at training a group of raptors. Pratt plays Owen as a laid back guy who will fight for his work and his animals. Bryce Dallas Howard is an executive of the park, Claire, who is so wrapped up with the running of the place that she stops finding it amazing. Vincent D’Onofrio is the bad guy, Hoskins, who has a whole different set of ideas of what raptors are capable of. Jake Johnson is not recognizable as Lowery in the control room of the park. BD Wong is Dr. Henry Wu, the man who creates these creatures and who doesn’t see or understand what they are doing because he’s buried in their creation.
    There’s got to be kids and in this one it’s two brothers Ty Simpkins as Gray and Nick Robinson as Zach. Simpkins’s youthful enthusiasm sweeps the audience into the park while Robinson’s teenaged older brother tries desperately not to be fascinated, and, as things unravel, a protective big brother.
    The performances of all of these actors are solid and believable with nothing to throw you out of story. There is one point where the brothers discuss the divorce of their parents that comes out of nowhere, goes no place, and is never seen again but even that is done convincingly. The fights and flights from the dinosaurs make the dinosaurs look even more real since people are reacting to them at the correct height and distance.
    I give this movie 4 take out sodas cups with “V” hand lettered on the bottom out of 4. It’s not just the return of an old friend, it’s the further adventures and there’s no loss of quality involved.

  • Before watching “Jurassic World”, I expected good things about it, but I didn’t feel like it was going to be something close to the original. I kinda felt like the trailer showed a lot from the movie itself, mainly the big bad dino. Well, I was wrong. I don’t like to judge a movie by the trailer, but when I watched the actual movie, I was clearly surprised.

    The movie starts off with very-well done character development, and you get to know what Jurassic World theme park is all about. The way it works, the main attractions, the overall park functionality are actually believable. The characters stand out for they personality and it’s quite impressive the way they connect through-out the movie runtime.

    Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) is able to think like the dinos, and he raised 4 Velociraptors to obey his instructions. Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) is in charge of the park functionality. Zach and Gray are Claire’s nephews. They get into serious trouble by running away from the park.

    And then, there’s Indominus Rex, the genetically modified hybrid, that is able to think, hunt and make chaos like no other dinosaur. It’s huge, and it’s the most vicious creature ever seen in a “Jurassic Park” film yet. The Indominus like every other dino in the movie looks absolutely astonishing, it’s wonderful to see how much the CGI advanced since the first movie.

    There’s tons of detail in the dinos expressions and CG landscapes. But it’s not all CG, like the original they also used special effects with real life props of dinos in some scenes. I saw the movie in theaters in 3D and that is really recommended for this kind of movies! It felt like I was in it, too!

    It’s predictable in some parts, but I can assure you that it won’t cease to amaze. A movie like this, is the perfect example of what a well-done sequel is, even though the movie ignores the existence of The “Lost World” and “Jurassic Park 3”.
    Also, like in the previous Jurassic-films, the music is very well chosen!

    This was, for me, the most anticipated movie this year, because I’ve been waiting for it for several years and it’s finally here. I recommend to anyone who’s a fan of Jurassic Park series!

  • “Monster is a relative term.To a canary,a cat is a monster.We’re just used to being the cat”

    Universal Pictures pulled out his magic box once again and gathered a horde of extinct dinosaurs,which are resurrected with the use of some scientific tricks, on the big screen.Looking at the box office (apparently almost $ 1 billion),it seems like everyone was eagerly looking forward to seeing those prehistoric mastodons rumbling around again.Although some scientists were so quick off the mark to prove that some things don’t correspond to reality (not all dinosaurs lived in the Jura era,the velociraptors weren’t bigger than a turkey and were covered with feathers,the mosquito from which the DNA was extracted, didn’t suck blood and the mosasaur wasn’t so big as it’s portrayed),it’s still a lot of fun.I was ready to be overwhelmed and before I knew it,I was looking at the bottom of my bag of popcorn,which is a good sign and a reliable value indicator when it comes to the entertainment content of a feature film.

    After the amazing and impressive Jurassic Park in 1993 (Damn,that’s 22 years ago),two lousy sequels were released for the Dino-crazy public. Unlike the first film,of which I can recall large parts as if I saw it yesterday,I barely can remember anything of the two successors.And let’s not mention the awful rip offs that were subsequently thrown on the market (recently I gave “Jurassic City” a chance and already dropped off after 10 minutes due to lousy special effects).In “Jurassic World” they returned to the successful formula of the well-known theme park.Only now it’s not an empty amusement park,which should be approved by a select group of scientists,but a crowded park where the owners want to add a new attraction.But again the end result is less attractive and cozy.It’s perfectly summed up by the words of Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in “The Lost World” : “Yeah.Ooh and ah, that’s how it always starts.But then later there’s running and screaming”.

    The two teenagers Gray and Zach,the first one is a dinosaur fanatic and the second one has more interest in the opposite sex,are on their way to the amusement park of InGen,where their aunt Claire works as a operations manager.Of course,the latter doesn’t have time to babysit and she leaves them in the hands of her assistant Zara.To ensure the income of the park and meet the demands of the main sponsors,the small army of geneticists fabricated a hybrid version which would be even more frightening than the existing species.They use the genes of prehistoric predators and contemporary species.The owner of the park wants Owen Grady,the Velociraptor trainer,to check the enclosure of the hybrid.And soon Owen comes to the conclusion that once again they are playing with fire.

    Is “Jurassic World” an impressive film? Yep. Did the special effects and computer animation make me drool again ? Yep. Are those fearsome dinosaurs overwhelming again ? Yep. Did it exceed the first film ? Uh, actually not quite. What makes this film memorable ? Well, the park itself for starters. A sort of Disneyland but with unparalleled attractions. The monorails, the infrastructure, the holographic displays and the overall total picture were impressive. The mosasaur was the masterpiece of this film. Superbly imaged. Both the physical appearance as his natural living space. The “gyrospheres” and the accompanying scenery is the first attraction I would like to try out. The action-packed part at the pterosaurs cage was breathtaking. But the rest of the used scenes showed similarities with the first film. A park where the situation turns out to be life threatening. Again a couple (who had a thing in the past most probably) need to bring two teenagers in safety while they are surrounded by dangerous prehistoric creatures. Even Claire imitated the dress of Dr. Sattler at one time: an unbuttoned shirt over a T-shirt.

    What I didn’t get while watching “Jurassic World”, were shivers down my spine and goosebumps moments. Emotionally, I don’t think there’ll ever be another movie (with prehistoric monsters) that surpasses the experience I had while watching “Jurassic Park”. When Dr. Grant turned around,peered over the valley where different prehistoric species wandered around and said “Look at that. It’s a dinosaur.”, my hair stood straight up. When the T-Rex left his cage and started chasing the jeep and you could see the gaping mouth approaching in the rear-view mirror. The raptors sneaking through the kitchen with two teenagers scared to death. These are all particular moments I’ve missed in “Jurassic World”. Yes, it was terribly exciting and impressive to see. But that subtle difference was there anyway. I also missed a character like Jeff Goldblum with his dry humor and pertinent observations. And then of course the charismatic dreamer John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), who saw a fantasy collapsing. In some ways it was all there, but it didn’t feel the same way.

    But forget about my nitpicking and hurry to a cinema to watch this two-hour action packed, exciting and entertaining film. The success of “Jurassic World” is its link with the first movie and the overall nostalgic value. You can add the question “How did you feel after watching Jurassic Park?” to the long line of historical questions such as “Where were you when Kennedy was shot ?” And “What were you doing when the radio broad-casted Elvis passed away ?”. “Jurassic Park” had a major influence on films that appeared after wards. My main conclusion is that “Jurassic Park” was far ahead when it’s about CGI, because the creations at that time looked as lifelike as those in “Jurassic World”. But I am quite convinced that I’ll never set foot in such a park, would it ever exist in reality …

    PS. Funniest moment for me : pay attention to what a visitor does during the pterosaurs attack … Yes, he saves two cocktails ! I almost choked on my coke!

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  • So I’ve shown time and again that I am a huge fan of the Jurassic Park movies. I grew up as a dinosaur kid and the movies really did feed my desire to want to be a palaeontologist (I’ve since discovered that movies have impacted those desires and choices). The last movie in the series was a bit of a departure from the whole trying to build a dinosaur theme park. This movie sets that all back on track.

    In Jurassic World, the theme park has been running for quite a few years. It is headed by ambitious Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) whose estranged nephews Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) are coming to stay for a week. Elsewhere on the island, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a Velociraptor expert has being training a team of raptors under the watchful eye of InGen head of security Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio). Claire is also getting ready to reveal a new attraction in the park; the first genetically engineered dinosaur created by Dr Henry Wu (B.D. Wong), a process the park owner, Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), has come to oversee. As usual nothing goes to plan.

    It is very enjoyable for me to see a functional Jurassic Park (or World in this case). The park has some super enjoyable attractions, such as the rides and attractions that John Hammond would have wanted. There is even a super cute petting zoo for the kids. Of course we get to see the complete destruction of all of this. The action that happens is really fun and completely ridiculous. At one stage a velociraptor is riding the back of a T.Rex and there are many other moments that are just mindblowingly exciting. There are also dozens of references back to the original film. Some are glaringly obvious (they visit the abandoned original Welcome Centre) and some of the imagery is reminiscent of shots from that one.

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  • Though the main appeal of Jurassic World is obviously its very special effects, its sense of irony and its awareness of its tradition make it especially intelligent — and witty.
    Before the two lads go off for their adventure the younger is dallying — he’s looking at an old View Master reel of dinosaurs. Of course he’s grabbing a preview of his imminent trip. More broadly, the film that flaunts state-of-the-art 3-D and more convincing dinosaurs than clog the senate acknowledges its primitive roots. The film reflects on its origins just as the wiser characters acknowledge their connection to even primeval animal life.
    The plot adds a touching human concern to the battlefield. As in so many disaster films, the cataclysm restores a fractured family. Here the boys’ parents tacitly decide not to divorce after all, and their strictly-business Aunt Claire is shaken into an emotional openness and the resolve to settle with the handsome dino-maven, Owen, “for survival.”
    In small ways the film reflects back on the conventions of American film. When the boys manage to animate a dead jeep the improbable scene draws on the simple mechanics that all the Andy Hardys could muster, to build or revive their old jalopy. Owen’s communications with the raptors and the heroic intervention of the overthrown king, T-Rex, draw on the tradition of man-horse bond and understanding in the old westerns. Even the villain is as familiar from old movies as from the current Republicans — amoral and ruthless in his desire to weaponize anything whether natural or synthesized.
    Finally the film works up to a feminist revision of the genre. In all the hoary B-films the heroine would always break a heel, hindering the hero’s flight from the monster du jour. Women were ornament and the man’s burden, even when they were the scientist’s daughter — or the rare as hen’s tooth scientist. Aware of that brutal fact of life, Owen reluctantly lets Aunt Claire come along — but only if she “loses those ridiculous shoes.” Only at the end, after we have watched her run full throttle, show great ingenuity, courage and stamina, and even kill the beast about to gobble Owen, do we see she’s still wearing those heels. Against the genre’s grain, here a woman can be heroic with compromising her womanhood or complying with the man’s demands. This futuristic exercise of an old genre catches the healthier spirit of our time.

  • Sandcooler

    “Jurassic World” doesn’t really work as a sequel to “Jurassic Park”, and barely works as a homage. It does however work as a great dumb blockbuster, and I think by this point in the franchise everyone’s willing to settle for that. It’s a brainless popcorn flick, the kind where the villain is someone who thinks uncontrollable prehistoric monsters can be made into weapons and little kids quip “I can’t wait to tell mom!” two seconds after they escaped a gruesome death. Speaking of gruesome deaths, this movie is chock full of them. The script to the original was obviously a lot better, but this one has almost non-stop action, a surprising amount of variation and a truly dazzling climax. The clumsy set-up of the inevitable love subplot was even a bit too dumb for me (the first dialogue between Claire and Owen is the most forced exposition you’ll ever see), but apart from that I was entertained throughout.

  • Tony Barton

    Jurassic World is the fourth movie in the Jurassic series. The movie is directed by Colin Trevorrow and stars amongst others, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins. Over twenty years have elapsed, since John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), failed in his dream, to build a theme park, housing live Dinosaurs. Now that dream has been realised, with a huge fully functioning park, known as Jurassic World, housing an whole array of prehistoric creatures operating on the very same Island.

    Brothers, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) are sent to meet up with their aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) who happens to be the parks operations manager. However, on their arrival, they discover that Claire is far to busy trying to find backers to spend time with them and end up being escorted by her assistant Zara (Katie McGrath).

    Behind the scenes, lessons still need to be learned, as scientists splice the DNA of Dinosaurs, with that of present day animals, to create new, larger and more ferocious creatures. One of which, the Indominus Rex, is the parks new main attraction.

    Owen Grady (Pratt) trains the Velociraptors, with some quite astonishing results. Head of security, Vic Hoskins ( D’Onofrio), however, believes the Raptors true destiny lies within the US Military. A move that Owen strongly resists, which causes friction between the two.

    The parks owner, Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), asks Owen to check over the new enclosure for the Indominus, before it’s presented to the public. Owen immediately tells Clare, that the creature is dangerous, due to it only ever knowing solitude and isolation.

    A shock wave thunders through the park when it appears the Indominus has escaped. Clare and Owen enter the enclosure and suddenly realise that they’re not alone as they come face to face with the beast.

    The creature makes a dash for freedom and makes it’s way in to the islands interior and Masrani sends in a team to try and capture it. However, the team are slaughtered and Clare orders the immediate evacuation of the parks northern sector.

    Zach and Gray sneak away from Zara and ignoring the order to evacuate, continue in to a restricted zone in a gyro sphere (A strange spherical vehicle), to explore. They come under attack from the huge Indominus, but manage to distract it long enough to escape. They end up at the ruins of the old Jurassic Park visitors centre and manage to get a Jeep running and make their way back to the resort centre. The Indominus continues in it’s trail of death and destruction, with all efforts to subdue the beast futile. Hoskins assumes command and comes up with a desperate plan to use the Raptors to track down the Indominus. However, things don’t pan out as expected, as the Indominus has Raptor DNA and seems to have the ability to communicate with the Raptors, causing them to turn on the already terrified and powerless humans.

    The special effects are outstanding as are the interactions between humans and dinosaur, in this, the best of the Jurassic movies.

  • Jurassic World (English)

    The fourth installment in the Series, has a predictable children book like storyline – a science experiment goes wrong unleashing a killing machine into the Amusement Park, filled with unsuspecting Humans; forgetting all the “Dangers of Science” reasoning that first Two parts instilled into its Plot, making for Compelling movies.
    Though missing the tension from first Two parts; this Movie works really well as an enjoyable standard creature film with CG being its biggest USP. In-spite of being set on the same island and paying a lot of homage to Jurassic Park, Spielberg’s first part will always remain a Classic.

    Rating:3.0/5
    Subtitles: No
    Audience: A Family watch.
    What Say: Don’t Miss. Though it misses the Drama, Suspense and the fear that first two parts instilled into us, this works well as an entertaining action Movie.
    Performances: Chris Pratt performs well in his sometimes underwritten and cliched role.
    Technicalities: Probably the best CG ever for a Creature Film.
    Watch-out: Though unbelievable, the bonding scenes between Raptors and Chris Pratt are fun.
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  • “Corporate felt genetic modification would up the ‘wow’ factor…”

    “Jurassic World is a solid summer blockbuster–turn off your brain and just enjoy it.” That’s what I was told prior to my 3D dino disaster experience.

    But Jurassic World isn’t a commercial disaster; it unquestionably delivers and is a bona fide box office success. Jurassic World opened to $511.8 million worldwide — the highest global bow of all time at the box office opening weekend, and this movie titan will likely reign supreme for the weeks to come. But Jurassic World is exactly what it’s criticizing; people aren’t just ‘wow-ed” by dinosaurs anymore nor do animatronics uphold the scare-factor that 1993’s Jurassic Park created. The dinosaurs have to be bigger, badder and scarier, because no one’s scared of “clever girl” velociraptor anymore.

    It’s been 22 years since Jurassic Park opened in 1993, and times have certainly changed for the summer blockbuster. My expectations weren’t high going into Jurassic World, but, nevertheless, I was enthusiastic about the resurrection of one of my childhood favorites. What I got instead of a saving grace sequel (The Lost World and Jurassic Park III are both forgettable) was a half-baked, over-saturated blockbuster of manufactured entertainment. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to expect from summer blockbusters in the 21st century? All flash and little substance? The bigger the boom the higher the dollar intake? I refuse to believe that a reboot doesn’t have the potential for both commercial success and cinematic greatness, but not even Star Lord could save this one.

    In the past summer blockbusters have included Jaws (the original summer blockbuster), Terminator 2: Judgment Day, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Dark Knight. And I’m supposed to lower my standards for a franchise reboot, because it’s a summer blockbuster? When did we start dumbing down our standards?

    Jurassic World is a direct sequel to Jurassic Park allowing the dark Walt Disney John Hammond to have his park come to life on Isla Nublar. But while the first movie’s challenge was to get kids interested in dinosaurs again (“it just looks like a 6-foot turkey”), the new challenge of the park is to keep kids interested. That means the exhibits and animals need to be larger, louder and more violent. While park-goers demand to be entertained, the movie makes the mistake of being exactly what it’s calling out.

    Jurassic World introduces a new species genetically modified by the park scientists, the Indominus rex. The Indominus rex is genetically modified with the DNA of several predatory dinosaurs as well as modern animals such as cuttlefish and tree frogs. Simon Masrani, the park’s owner, orders for velociraptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to inspect the Indominus’ enclosure before the exhibit opens. Things go wrong, chaos ensues, people die, etc.

    Unfortunately 22 years have not made scientists any wiser; in fact, it doesn’t seem like they’ve learned from their mistakes at all. “She clawed out her tracking chip”, “She’s killing for sport”, “They’re communicating”, “She’s a highly intelligent animal”. It appears that all the lessons learned from Jurassic Park fall deaf rendering the plot to become repetitive and predictable.

    Spielberg’s directorial stand-in is Colin Trevorrow who’s made only one prior feature, the quirky Safety Not Guaranteed (Spielberg only signed on as a producer). But it feels like this is one titanic project that Trevorrow doesn’t have the power or experience to steer toward classic status.

    “It’s not a real dinosaur,” the movie director told Entertainment Weekly. “The Indominus was meant to embody our worst tendencies. We’re surrounded by wonder and yet we want more. And we want it bigger, faster, louder, better. And in the world of the movie the animal is designed based on a series of corporate focus groups. You know, Frankenstein and Darth Vader and even Captain Hook, there are parts to them that aren’t entirely organic. Indominus sort of makes the dinosaurs feel like real animals. It’s an abomination that must be exterminated.”

    When audiences first saw the T-Rex in Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg wanted the viewer to see it from inside the cars so the audience would feel like they’re experiencing the T-Rex right there with the characters and feeling their fear. Jurassic World doesn’t possess this rare excitement, and it doesn’t make me feel like I’m experiencing my childhood relived. Most of it feels too overly-saturated with CGI or constant déjà vu with scenes that I feel like I’ve seen before. But that has a lot to do with the script, editing and direction.

    FilmFad’s Jurassic Park equation of “bring people to see dinosaurs + dinosaurs are underestimated = dinosaurs kill people worked great in the original, but as we saw from two other sequels it is not enough to sustain the film or the franchise.” The movie relies too heavily on the original for both content and nostalgia, but doesn’t produce anything truly new that has the potential to impress or make me invested in the future of the franchise. Everything feels like a spoof of the original movie; there were numerous scenes that appeared to be exact copies from the original film. I appreciate the attempt to help me to reconnect with my childhood, but even the reuse of John Williams’ original score feels like a knock-off of the original. As much as I want to buy what they’re selling, I can’t.

    Perhaps my disappointment stems from having high expectations or maybe seeing a reboot like Mad Max: Fury Road set the bar too high for a summer blockbuster? Maybe if the script developed more in-depth characters that I cared about, I would have been more invested in the film. The lack of intimacy makes me wish writers had focused closer on the finer details despite the film undergoing multiple script re-writes. Maybe I wanted more science-fiction horror than a predominantly predictable action flick? I’m not sure what I expected to get.

    Jurassic World is a blast both literally and figuratively. It delivers all the commonplace summer blockbuster ingredients to make one hell of a recipe, but call me crazy to not buy into this manufactured entertainment.

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