Kyle J. Steenblik

Jurassic World is Just What Fans Wanted From a Sequel

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4 stars out of 5Jurassic World
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
jurassic world advance screeningScreenplay by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow
Based on: Characters created by Michael Crichton
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B. D. Wong, Irrfan Khan
Running time: 124 minutes
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril

Jurassic World was far better than I anticipated; it easily stands up to the original Jurassic Park.  The film pays serious tribute to the original in ways that are both subtle, and obvious that will make those of us that grew up with Jurassic park extremely happy and nostalgic.  Jurassic World is almost everything it needed to be, it was funny when it needed to be, exciting and tense, and just a little bit frightening, but also frustrating because it is not as good as it could have, or should have, been.   It was missing the high tension from the first film, but that level of suspense seems to be an exclusive element to Spielberg.   While this film pales in comparison to the now classic original, it is none-the-less highly enjoyable ride.  For this film, don’t worry about the flaws in the story, or the seemingly idiotic mistakes made by almost everyone on screen, just sit back remember what it was like to be 12 (or however old you were in 1993).

After the tragic events in Jurassic Park Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) fulfilled John Hammond’s dying wish, and opened Jurassic World.  22 years later the park is open, and outrageously successful, but public interest is starting to wane.  Masrani has asked geneticist Dr. Henry Wu (B. D. Wong) to cook up a bigger, scarier new dinosaur.  Meanwhile Zach Mitchell (Nick Robinson) and younger brother Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins) go to visit their aunt Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the park operations manager of Jurassic World, the same day she, and Simon Masrani arrives to inspect the new dinosaur the Indominus rex. Upon seeing this new dinosaur, and the continuously reinforced enclosure he asks that Raptor keeper Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) inspect the enclosure to ensure it is sufficient.  Meanwhile Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), the head of InGen security, who wants to weaponize the raptors, and Gray and Zach their babysitter to explore the park on their own, approach Owen. Back at the Indominus enclosure, they find it alarmingly empty and Owen sees large claw marks on the walls leading them to believe the dinosaur has climbed out of its enclosure.  When they enter the enclosure to investigate, they discover Indominus still inside, just waiting for them to open the door.  Now free Indominus Rex sets off on a seemingly unstoppable rampage through the park while Owen and Clare struggle to find a way to keep 22 thousand visitors safe, and find the now lost Zach and Gray.

There was more than a little nervous anticipation when this film was first announced.  It suffered countless setbacks in pre-production.  The writing was a mess, and the previous two films were less than exemplary.  After watching it I honestly feel Colin Trevorrow decided to make the sequel to Jurassic Park that he (and by extension the fans) wanted to see, no matter what.  He accomplished this to great effect.  Even the time between the two films is not a burden to the film; in fact, it helps to heighten the story.  I hope I am not the only person that seriously wants to see some of this back-story.  They had to be running this park for years to get to the point where people are getting bored with regular old dinosaurs.  Long story short, they created a fictitious dino-zoo that I would visit, a lot.  In the shadow of what we all know is a bad idea, they still made me second guess the events of Jurassic Park and made me wish for this reality, not the getting eaten part, the being able to ride a dinosaur part.  I cannot really say this with enough enthusiasm, if you have any love for Jurassic Park; give Jurassic World every chance to take you back there.

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