Noob Reviews: Jurassic World
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Jurassic World?
Set twenty-two years after the devastating events in Jurassic Park which forced the original park not only to be abandoned but also saw many lives extinguished out by tooth and claw. Isla Nublar is now site to a thriving tourist attraction which, you guessed it, features live dinosaurs. However, as the cost to sustain the park keeps going up and up, so do the visitors' demands. They want bigger dinosaurs. They want scarier attractions. They want more teeth. Luckily, Dr Wu and his team are on-site and eager to delve headfirst into the unknown and splice together DNA from various animals to further not only scientific developments but Dr Wu's own greed. Enter the Indominus Rex.
Born in captivity, having eaten its siblings and genetically modified with strains of DNA from multiple species, the Indominus Rex is the supposed apex predator. Able to communicate with and command velociraptors, mask its heat signature from thermal scans and camouflage itself with its surroundings - the Indominus Rex is able to escape during a pen inspection by Owen Grady and takes off on a bloody rampage across the park. Killing both dinosaurs and humans alike.
In addition to the Indominus Rex and its role in the film, there are also two other core stories to the film. The first of which is Claire Dearing's nephews, having not seen her for seven years, they come to the park to spend time with her. Granted VIP access, and exclusive behind the scenes tours but unfortunately Claire is so caught up in her work and seeing to visiting potential investors that her two nephews (Gray and Zach) are able to set out into the park and discover it for themselves. Unfortunately while doing so, the Indominus Rex brings havoc down upon Isla Nublar, and Claire sets out with the help of Owen Grady to save them.
Speaking of Owen, this is where the second of the stories comes into play. Navy veteran, animal handler and alpha figure to a pack of velociraptors he has raised since they hatched. Owen must fight to stop Vic Hoskins from taking over his project and using the velociraptors for military application. Driven by a supposed want to save human lives, yet willing to sell the research to the highest bidder, Vic will stop at nothing to get his own way.
Whether watching for the action-adventure aspect or simply because of your love for dinosaurs, Jurassic World has a vast selection of both to appease many a discerning fan.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official trailer linked from Universal Pictures' YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Amazon here.
When did it come out?
Jurassic World was released in June 2015.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
BD Wong (Dr Henry Wu)
Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing)
Chris Pratt (Owen Grady)
Irrfan Khan (Simon Masrani)
Vincent D'Onofrio (Vic Hoskins)
For a full cast listing, please see the official Wikipedia page here.
What did you think of Jurassic World?
As a massive fan of the Jurassic Park franchise, and still remembering the first time I saw the intro to Jurassic Park, the velociraptor banging against the cage and then quickly turning off the VHS. I was excited to jump into another entry in the franchise and to see what a bigger budget and modern cinematography could do for the series.
The set locations and especially the dinosaurs are fantastically executed with an insane lifelike feel to them, whether they be herbivores, carnivores or something in between. The detail, movements and TLC put into each is noteworthy. When it comes to action sequences, and the mandatory dinosaur chases puny humans, the special effects genuinely shine, and you get to see the animations at their best.
One of the things I understood but think the Jurassic Park franchise didn’t really need was further scientific manipulation and tinkering. True it was the sciences that brought the original dinosaurs back to life, but I found the Indominus Rex storyline to get very long-winded, start to scratch the surface and then no full explanation as to what Indominus Rex is made of exactly. Instead, Dr Wu escapes on a helicopter to genetically modify for another day. With so many other plot twists, like the attempted stealing of the dinosaurs and temporary private military occupation of the island by Vic and a shadowy unknown backer, the Indominus Rex story just seems to take a back seat at times. Although it is fun to see the Indominus Rex and other predators fight for supremacy, I feel the story could have been a lot better. The film did make $1,670 billion at the box office so many people would probably disagree with me.
When it came to the acting, I found some of the actors to be quite dull and boring, especially Claire (to begin with), Zara (Claire’s personal assistant) and the parents of Zach and Gray even though they were only in the film a short time. They just seemed awkward and delivered lines poorly. As I said, Claire does get a lot better, rolls her sleeves up and wades into the action when the park is in danger, Vincent D’Onofrio playing Vic is done really well with measured amounts of cunning and smarmy in pursuit of his own goals. And for their roles Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson) I found to be a lot less annoying than Lex and Tim Murphy (the original Jurassic Park siblings).
Overall a great film to kick back and relax with. An excellent addition to the existing movies and a warm welcome to the franchise for new viewers. There is room for improvement but overall I would say you should give this one a looksie if you get a chance, especially to see Blue (one of Owen’s velociraptors) struggle with self-awareness and choice between alphas. And the mosasaurus. If you have ever played Half-Life and seen/fought an ichthyosaur, just think one hundred times bigger, more teeth and the ability to survive for very short periods out of water. That nightmare fuel is a mosasaurus - no need to thank me for the terrifying image.
What rating would you give Jurassic World?
I would give Jurassic World a rating of 3.8 out of 5 bananas.
Coming in as the fourth of six Jurassic Park films, with Jurassic World: Dominion, due out in June 2021. Jurassic World is an excellent reboot for the series, although some elements could have gone a different direction such as story and casting choices, there was a lot to see, and I felt the film was very immersive and fun. A definite recommendation to dinosaur fans, Jurassic Park fans and newcomers alike. If watching with children though, please be aware there is quite a bit of suggested violence but minimal actual graphic violence and gore.
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