InGen builds a functional dinosaur theme park on Isla Nubar and genetically engineers a terrifying new dinosaur to boost visitor rates.
Jurassic World (2015)
Directed by Colin Trevorrow
Written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver,
Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins,
Nick Robinson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan,
Jake Johnson, Judy Greer, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong
Sequel to 2001's Jurassic Park III
Based on characters created by Michael Crichton
After fourteen years in the making and a boatload of hype, I can honestly say that Jurassic World lives up to expectations. The film is tremendously exciting and gives fans of the franchise a chance to see John Hammond's vision of a fully functioning theme park come to life.
The cast is basically carbon copies of people from the first three. Chris Pratt is the dinosaur trainer who does not underestimate the creatures, Bryce Dallas Howard is the executive who totally does, Vincent D'Onofrio is the military man who sees them as weapons, and Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson are the children in danger. Besides these less then imaginative character tropes being revived yet again, the actors make the most of what they have and deliver honest and fun performances.
Now for the main attraction (so to speak). The dinosaurs have never looked better, with the Raptors and the T-Rex being upstaged by the genetically engineered hybrid, the Indominus Rex. The IR is a fearsome beast that overshadows the creatures that terrorized the first three, and becomes something almost akin to Godzilla. That isn't to say the classics were ignored. The Raptors are a big part of this film and so is the T-Rex.
The third act could have been a mismatched hodgepodge of cheesy dialogue and overthinking dinosaurs, but thankfully it did not become that. Instead, the third act is arguably the most exciting scene in the franchise since the Raptor kitchen scene in the original Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is the best of the three sequels and is a fine addition to the mythology of such a great franchise. I'm very glad this film was taken seriously and not rushed to meet expectations. It's a solid action/sci-fi film and comes fully recommended.
As a kid back in the 90's and early 2000's, there was one film that was in constant rotation in my family's VHS player (bonus points for whoever remembers those). That film was the dinosaur extravaganza Jurassic Park. I loved the movie as a kid and it still remains a personal favorite of mine to this day. I started with this to let you know how important the original film is to me and how excited I was the moment Jurassic World was announced, officially becoming a reality after years of development hell. Thankfully, the long wait proved to be worth it as this newest film features everything that made the original great, along with a fully functioning park.
That's right, you heard me correctly. Jurassic World finally sees John Hammond's vision come to life as the park is open and ready for visitors. The final park design is outstanding and a total treat for fans of the franchise. It featured classic dinosaur favorites like the T-Rex, Triceratops, and Velociraptors. Speaking of dinosaurs, the newest addition, the fearsome Indominus Rex, is a terrifying beast that quickly establishes itself up there with the Raptors and T-Rex. The Indominus Rex proves to be a great opponent to the characters and is simply amazing to watch.
As for the characters, they are mostly good at giving us people to either root for or hope the dinosaurs eat them. While they aren't the most original characters in movie history, the actors give great performances that are at least fun to watch. Chris Pratt is great as Own Grady, bringing his charisma and humor to the role. Bryce Dallas Howard is good as the no nonsense executive of the park. Vincent D'Onofrio is good, as always, as the slimy military man working for a company that will more than please fans of the franchise. Surprisingly, the child actors, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson, deliver good performances without grating on one's nerves.
Jurassic World is an excellent addition to the dinosaur franchise, proving to be the best of the sequels and now my second favorite of the franchise. The film features tons of great performances from the actors and plenty of dino action to satisfy fans. The callbacks and references to the original was also a nice touch, especially one particular scene in the middle of the movie. It made me happy and reminded me of being a kid watching the original one. Needless to say, I absolutely loved this movie and can't recommend it enough, especially to fans of the original film.