By Darren Cleary | @RadioCleary
Jurassic Park has a special place in the hearts of people who grew up in the 1990’s. The first film was wonderful, groundbreaking in terms of the CGI and special effects. Full of excitement, intrigue and action it was always going to be a hard act to follow, something the makers of The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001) learned the hard way.
Director Colin Trevorrow was saddled with the unenviable task of rebooting a successful film franchise loved by millions the World over, where his predecessors failed Trevorrow exceeded expectations. Jurassic World is action packed, quick moving, exciting, funny and the visual effects are incredibly impressive.
I was skeptical taking my seat in the cinema, the trailers I’d watched were goofy and didn’t make me want to watch the latest installmant. I wasn’t particularly excited to see the film for fear that a franchise I grew up loving was about to be butchered. My fears were allayed early on, as from start to finish Jurassic World was engaging, exciting and throughly enjoyable.
There is a new dinosaur in town and she is a mean, lean people eating machine.
The film is set 22 years after the events of the first Jurassic Park movie. In this new World extinct dinosaurs are no longer interesting, not content with bland and boring dinosaurs brought back to life through the wonders of modern technology the consumers demand more. The scientists at Isla Nublar theme park are happy to oblige and in the interest of commercial gains they cook up a new dinosaur, a hybrid made up of all the worst traits of some bad dino dudes. The indominus rex is the animal tasked with stopping the commercial rot. The dinosaur is the personification of consumer and corporate excess according to the director Colin Trevorrow: “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.”
Bryce Dallas Howard stars as Claire Dearing, the park operations manager. The visit of her nephews Zach and Gray Mitchell happens at a time when she is at her busiest and least attentive. They decide to ditch their aunt’s assistant who was saddled with babysitting duty at the worst possible time as their adventure happens around the same time the indominus rex breaks free, and shortly after she develops a taste for human flesh. From this point the movie’s fast pace takes on some more exciting twists and turns and even a throwback to the Jurassic Park, and some familiar wheels that will be recognisable to fans of that film. Chris Pratt stars as Owen Grady, a Velociraptor expert and trainer. He is the man tasked with saving the day.
Entertaining and action packed from start to finish
The indominus rex is a formidable foe, after 30 minutes it is apparent that the animal is in fact the most intelligent creature on the screen. The more we see of the dastardly the dinosaur the less likely it seems that she will be stopped, in the indominus rex they have an intelligent, ruthless, calculated killing machine who is unquestionably considerably smarter than the human trying in vain to halt her murderous rampage. Every harebrained scheme they concoct to try and stop indominus rex seems doomed to failure as the man eating dinosaur continues to move closer to the 20,000+ vulnerable park guests after escaping her enclosure in a secluded part of the island.
In the final act of the film, having been action packed from early on you start to wonder where they’ll summon the strength from for the big finish, and it doesn’t disappoint. Having become engrossed and impressed in equal measure I was waiting for a dip that never came, having enjoyed all 123 mins of Jurrasic World I left knowing full well I’d happily go and see it on the big screen again, if for nothing else than the dinosaur death match, which is one of the greatest fight scenes I’ve seen on film.
This is a blockbuster popcorn flick designed to, first and foremost entertain, the movie doesn’t require much thinking to follow but there are subtle instances of deeper themes that offer some insight into real World issues like the failings of the theme park industry and the problems that arise from keeping animals in captivity and how for the right amount of money anything is for sale, you get the sense all is ethical in the pursuit of commercial gains.
Jurassic World is as entertaining a film you’re likely to see this year, the action is served thick and fast. The dinosaurs are bigger, better, and angrier.
In Colour @ the Movies | Jurassic World | ☆☆☆☆
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, written by Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly and starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jason Schwartzman, Omar SY, Irrfan Khan, BD Wong, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus.
Jurassic World is in cinemas now.