Release date: 12 June 2015
Synopsis: A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction – a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine – escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.
Genre: Action / Adventure / Sci-fi
Studio: Amblin Entertainment / Legendary Pictures
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Writer: Rick Jaffa / Amanda Silver /Colin Trevorrow / Derek Connolly (screenplay)
Rick Jaffa / Amanda Silver (story)
Michael Crichton (characters)
Starring: Chris Pratt / Bryce Dallas Howard / Ty Simkins
Jurassic World originally began life many years ago when author Michael Crichton penned the novel, Jurassic Park (1990). In 1993, the film adaptations began, and it became a successful franchise, with The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001) later being released. The series of books and films were huge successes and have coined some of the most noticeable moments in film history. This English language film follows up where the books and films stopped, but with great modernisation to appeal to a new and potentially younger audience.
Jurassic World tells the story of brothers Zach and Gray Mitchell as they start their holiday at the newly opened Jurassic World, operating on the old site of Isla Nublar, twenty-two years after the huge incident that happened with the original Jurassic Park. They are due to visit with aunt, scientist and park manager, Claire Dearing, but she is extremely busy with the park’s newest attraction. That is a genetically modified dinosaur, known as the Indominus Rex, which is already proving to be a danger. Claire brings in Owen Grady, ex-Navy serviceman, and Velociraptor trainer, to get his opinion on the Indominus’ paddock. Sensing something is amiss, Owen enters the paddock, to find he has been tricked by the highly intelligent dinosaur, which has now managed to escape and has the whole island to explore, terrorise and maim at its leisure.
Whilst the dinosaurs are a huge part of the film, the characters have depth and connect well with each other. Brothers Zach and Gray play well as part of the family unit, with Zach being older and more interested in girls than a holiday to see dinosaurs, whereas Gray is idealistic, young and excitable.
Owen and Claire work well together – both are equally headstrong, leading them to never approach a second date with each other, but they still hold sexual chemistry. Owen has the military background and deep intelligence and cares for the raptors that he trains – seeing them as his children in a way, since they had an initial imprint from hatching. Claire, meanwhile, has a lack of compassion for her family, pushing her nephews into her assistants arms, whilst she focuses on increasing the park’s profits. When she realises that something must be done, she throws herself into danger, without thinking, admitting that she needs help and that she needs to take a break.
Graphically, the dinosaurs are pretty amazing – there is so much detailing on the teeth, claws and scales. After all, dinosaurs have a huge appeal universally. The films biggest features are the Indominus, the raptors (named Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo), Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Mosasaurus. It is also believable that scientists would go this far to replicate a new species of creature, but the only fly in the ointment is that there are no feathered creatures to be seen.
There is a huge connection between man and beast in the film, which Owen reiterates when the army want to use the raptors as weapons, and create more like them. Owen strongly believes that they are still animals, but they have thoughts and feelings. This is shown in the raptor pen, when Owen saves a young man from being eaten. He is able to maintain eye contact, keep them under control, and in later scenes, when he rides his motorbike amongst them on the search for the Indominus – there is a huge level of trust and love amongst them, which progresses throughout the film. It creates a wealth of emotion in audiences, and makes us question ourselves and how we behave around other animals.
There is a wealth of dramatic music featured throughout the film and it only serves to build the tension, anticipation and drama that we feel, as the Indominus stalks its prey, and more chaos is unleashed.
Universal Pictures announced in July 2015 that a sequel would be released in June 2018, with Connolly and Trevorrow returning to script, and Howard and Pratt reprising their roles.
We give this – 7.5 out of 10!