Jurassic World – A Roaring Review
As the tag line states, “The Park Is Open“, however, I am still a little unsure why they are calling this one ‘World’ (but we will get to that much later in the review).
I recall back in 1991, being a guy the age of 18, I sat down to read Michael Crichton’s book, Jurassic Park. A little over 2 years later I was parked on opening night in a crowded theater watching the movie version of said book. It was beyond exciting, yes it was different than the book and I didn’t care. I was blown away by the visual.
It took me back to being 8 years old and playing with tiny plastic dinosaurs (really, what 8 year old didn’t like the idea of dinosaurs roaming around?) and imagining what it would be like if they existed today. I was captivated and loved every moment of Jurassic Park.
1997 rolled around and again I found myself planted in a movie theater on opening day to see The Lost World: Jurassic Park. I can’t say I was totally blown away this time. The story was okay, it just lacked the same feel as the first movie did.
In 2001, when Jurassic Park III came out, I waited a week before I went to go see it. Nothing really stood out on this one either, I mean, it was a fun movie, but it did have some slow moments.
Okay, enough reminiscing about the past, let’s talk about Jurassic World!
Based on the previews, this movie looked exciting! Based on that I knew I had to see this one as soon as I could. June 13th was the day!
As of this writing, Jurassic World has already broken records at the box office, bringing in just over $500 million worldwide.
Put aside your scientific mind and ignore elements of “but dinosaurs are extinct half of these shown never existed together and the way they present their DNA explanations is just not realistic therefore this could never happen” and just sit back with your overpriced soda and popcorn and enjoy the movie for what it is; a fun thrill ride.
Spoilers ahead? Possibly. But I’ll do my best to keep the secrets in the dark.
Jurassic World takes place about 20 years after the events that took place in Jurassic Park. Only two from the original cast appear in this one; the T-Rex and Doctor Henry Wu (well.. and a statue of Hammond.. and a book that features Ian Molcolm – but those don’t count do they?).
The park has been in operation for about 10 years without incident. The events that took place in The Lost World and in Jurassic Park 3 still happened (but remember they took place on Isla Sorna – a secret test island and Jurassic Park and Jurassic World take place on Isla Nublar), however it appears that the dinos have been contained and bigger and better buildings have been built. Not much was mentioned about Isla Sorna, but they do show in screen a brief mention about the Northern tip of Isla Nublar still being a wild zone – but nothing was ever spoken about it again, as in, it did nothing to the plot.
Due to declining visitor metrics to the park, Doctor Henry Wu has been tasked by InGen (Hammond’s scientific group) to engineer a “bigger, faster, louder, better” attraction (dinosaur) and creates the Indominus Rex (Latin for ‘fierce or untamable king’).
The story follows two boys, Gray (played by Ty Simpkins) and Zach (played by Nick Robinson) as they visit their aunt Clair (Bryce Dallas Howard) who run the park itself.
They check out various attractions, including a Sea World (ish) exhibit of a Mosasaurus jumping out of a massive water tank to chomp down upon a Great White Shark (had to be an easter egg paying homage to Spielberg’s Jaws) and splashing water upon everyone watching. Question though… How did they get the DNA for THIS one???
We are introduced to Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) who is training Velociraptors.
Okay, that sounds a little hokey, I’ll admit, but in the confines of the movie it makes sense. Owne explains that velociraptors are pack animals (much like a dog). He imprints upon them when they are born and they see him as the Alpha (dog). While they are still wild, they will, more or less, look to him for “commands”.
Hoskins (played by Vinccent D’Onofrio) is head of InGen and see only dollar signs and wants to weaponize the velociraptors that Owen has been training. This is a small subplot that plays out during the course of the movie.
The Indominus Rex finds an escape and thus begins a chaotic journey through Isla Nublar to hunt her down.
I’m trying hard to leave out any spoilers (or reveal too many easter eggs), but I did mention up top about the name of Jurassic World. I have to give this one away because it’s just bugging me… I really expected this to show us dinosaurs somehow getting off the island and reaching the main lands. Why else call it World ? That never happened (unless some ptersaurs made it that they didn’t show on film). The only thing I can think of is that the ones running the park (the characters within the movie) wanted to rebrand the park to detach themselves from what happened roughly 20 years prior..
Overall I have to say that this is a MUST see, especially if you have watched the original Jurassic Park movie. If you haven’t, go rent it or buy it and watch it, then go watch Jurassic World.