ByNathaniel Andrew Santoso, writer at


It has been 22 years since we experience a movie that is worthy enough to carry the weight of these prehistoric creatures *cue John Williams music ...tears...* Jurassic Park has captured our imagination through its high degree of realism. I'm not talking about its awe-inspiring special effects, though those are still pretty awesome even today. What sets Jurassic Park above the rest of its sequels is the overwhelming feeling of tension and dread surrounding the entire movie; and a solid story structure.

With the decrease in the performances of the sequels; we have every reason to feel that this "sequel", set in a modern world today where its interest lies in the rebooting or remaking classics from the past, would fail to recapture the magic of the original, again... However, after seeing the movie earlier today, rest assured that though this movie could never compare to the original, it came in earning a second spot in the franchise.

As I was watching, there were a couple of tricks here and there that the filmmakers have learned from the past decade.

First, is the use of the solid storytelling structure from the original. As Dr. Ian Malcolm would put it, it's always "awe" and "wow" before you run screaming for your life. Similar to the original, the film starts with the awe of its audience and onscreen visitors when they first enter the park. One of the highlight of this movie which I really admire the decision the director is going for is the use of a real, functioning theme park as its backdrop. Though the original movie was also set in a theme park, it was still in an experimental stage . This movie builds upon that with the use of elements familiar in today's theme park, such as hotel rooms, monorails, and various brand stores (e.g. Starbucks). These elements only greater help the audience to participate and be emotionally invested throughout the whole film. After the audience is past the nostalgia, the film immediately builds on to the next stage, which is the release of the monster, in this case, a genetically modified hybrid of multiple dinosaurs and various reptiles named the Indominus Rex. In the final stage of the film includes evacuation, confrontation of various dinosaurs... you know the drill.

Second, is the brilliant talent of its main cast, which includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Omar Sy, and BD Wong. Chris Pratt has captured some beloved and wisecracking characters on screen in the past couple of years. With the funny portrayal of Emmet from The Lego Movie and the kick ass Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy, his portrayal of Owen in the movie is undoubtedly a combination of both characters matched with his own. Bryce Dallas Howard, with her recent portrayals as the scheming socialite lady from The Help, has managed to veer away from the "damsel in distress" cliche for the role. She managed to lure a T-Rex running in her "heels". Some models couldn't even keep it together in a fashion runway pssh... Ty Simpkins has mostly been known as the haunted kid from Insidious. However, with his recent collaberation in Iron Man 3, it is no doubt of his well matured experience at working in big blockbuster movies. Of course, you couldn't forget BD Wong, the only actor to reprise his role as Dr Henry Wu from the original 1993 movie. Despite his more of a cameo appearance on Jurassic Park, his role as biogeneticist Dr Henry Wu who is responsible for creating the Indominus Rex in the first place, is placed in a tighter situation and his character personality is more widely explored in Jurassic World.

All in all, this movie has all the thrills for a younger audience and the expected thrills and homage to the original. Well done, Spielberg. Well done...


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