So, first I have to admit that I had my doubts at how good this was going to be. I mean, lets face it, the series has not had the best of luck. The Lost World failed so miserably at trying to pull the whole Godzilla effect off that i am surprised the third installment, which was not too bad, ever got made, but this one blew all three of its predecessors out of the water. So let's get started with the good, bad and ugly review.
Set 20 years after the original Jurassic Park, and on the same island, the Ingen Corporation has swung back around to the thinking that they can make a dinosaur theme park work. They have opened a new, more advanced, park to the public, new attractions, new dinosaurs, but not extraordinary enough for the normal person anymore, so they have to come up with new ways to awe the crowds.
The performance given by our very own Starlord, Chris Pratt,
was amazing. This ex-navy "nature smart" trainer who successfully trains 4 Velociraptors, Blue, Delta, Charlie, and Echo,
to submit to his commands, has to figure out how to stop a biologically engineered monstrosity before it can find out there's a buffet of 20,000+ humans around.
Then there's the gorgeous Bryce Dallas Howard,
a, rather naive, park administrator who has her nephews
come to the park for a visit. When chaos ensues she steps up, and somehow keeps up, with Pratt trying to find a way to save everyone.
Vincent D'Onofrio gives an epic performance as the corporate scumbag.
His only venture is to find new ways for the company to make money.
and last but not least
reprises his role as Doctor Henry Wu
and honestly i have to wonder, does he age? (vampire? nah).
and now for
There is not much back story to the characters. You know that Pratt is ex Navy, but you don't get to find out much about Howard or the kids. You get to the action pretty quick. I am all for action, but sometimes, i want to know how in the world certain characters ended up where they are at. Other than the predictable deaths, there is not really anything i can say was bad about this movie.
The only ugly thing i can point out, and it was kind of a let down, was there was no cameo from our favorite palentologist, Doctor Alan Grant, Sam Neill,
or our paleonbotonist, Doctor Ellie Sattler, Laura Dern,
or even our annoying, but lovable, choatician, Doctor Ian Malcom, Jeff Goldblum.
and I do wish they would have had Richard Attenborough in some archived footage somewhere in the movie, (if they did, i missed it). Just one of these people to show up and somehow say, "It's going to go wrong", would have been enough for me.
The special effects are awe inspiring. It makes you almost wish there was a way to bring 65 million year old dinosaurs back to life, but i get the feeling that would be a bad idea, as it would probably be very much like the movie.
I am definitely going to see this a 2nd time in theaters. I recommend this to anyone, especially if you love dinosaurs. And you know me, if I'm willing to see it more than once in theaters, it's worth seeing at least once in theaters.