Jurassic World – Review

Jurassic World – Budget of $150 million – 2 hours and 4 minutes

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Jurassic World
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Welcome back one, and all to Jurassic World.  And yes, this movie has the feel of bringing you back to the classic, Jurassic Park.  It even pays homage by “using the original arch from 20 years ago”, showing you the original mosquito, and a part of that cute DNA film.  They open the viewer to the park with a breathtaking view of the “City Walk”-esque portion of the park and through each of the attractions.  Like the first movie, you have a familiar set up:

  1. 2 children: 1 who is smart but afraid of everything and the other who is a sulking teen with all the knowledge to get them out of any situation
  2. Bad communication issues: Don’t you just love cell phones
  3. A park manager more concerned with money than people
  4. A people with ulterior motives for the dinosaurs

However, with this movie you learn that the Park Manager, Claire Dearing, knows visitors are not awed by a T-Rex, Velociraptors, or Stegosaurus.  Now, children ride baby Stegosauruses like they are ponies.  The park needs MORE.  And MORE is a new, genetically enhanced dinosaurs.  When a new dinosaur is introduced to Jurassic World, ticket sales go up.  The new dinosaur is called Indominus Rex.  Indominus Rex is a genetic mix of several dinosaurs and today’s animals.  This gives it new capabilities and higher intelligence. Of course, as a viewer, you know this will go wrong.  It’s more of a question of when it will go wrong.  Enter Owen Grady.  Owen is a Velociraptor expert and trainer, aka, the Alpha of a Velociraptor pack.  Owen is the voice of reason and alerts Claire to everything we know will happen.  To add to the mix, Claire’s two nephews, Zach and Gray,both visiting the park that day.  Clair doesn’t know their ages, hasn’t seen them in seven years, and has a park guide pick them up from the airport.  It doesn’t take long for the sulking older teen, Zack, to get annoyed, ditch their guide, and run off in the park with his brother, Gray.  If you saw the first movie, you know where this is going.

The new dinosaurs add to the heart pounding fear in this movie.  Not knowing anything about the new species allows you to wonder … what can it do next.  Also, this movie takes a page from horror genres by letting you see things moves, letting you see the victim’s fear, and letting you see the blood before you see the new dinosaur.  Your imagination works overtime of wondering how horrible Indominus Rex can be.

With all the great aspects of this movie, one thing it could use less of … product placements.   Starbucks, Pandora, Beats by Dre, Mercedes, and it goes on.  Its just too much and too obvious.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Monster is only relative.  To a canary, a cat is a monster.   We are just use to being the cat. – Dr. Henry Wu

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