Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, B. D. Wong, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson
It was only 22 years ago that ‘Jurassic Park’ almost opened to the public on a quaint little island called Isla Nublar. But when man reaches farther than his ability to control genetically designed dinosaurs, all sorts of bad can happen. So what say we ignore the two inferior sequels and get bigger, bolder and badder dinos for ‘Jurassic World’.
Picking up on the twenty year gap from ‘Park’ to ‘World’, a dinosaur theme park has been created and opened to the public for many years. All sorts of controls are in place to prevent anything like that other time, when things did not work out so well. Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) now owns the physical and intellectual property of the island and the dinosaurs. He hired Dr. Henry Wu (B. D. Wong) who was the genetic dinosaur designer from the first attempt in the Park.
The park is run by Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) who is a by-the-book, very bottom-line oriented woman with big aspirations. The InGen company also has a security division led by Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), who is attempting to expand the dinosaur trade by weaponizing Velociraptors.
Owen Grady is ex-military guy who works at the park and has been able to train the Velociraptors. The creatures usually tear anything they can grab from limb to limb. But Owen has been patient and steady enough to train and control the fierce predators.
Claire’s two nephews are at the park to visit and see her. Zach Mitchell (Nick Robinson) and his younger brother Gray (Ty Simpkins) are there to see Auntie Claire, but she is too busy and sends them off with an assistant. They eventually dump her and go off on their own.
InGen scientists have been busy designing new forms of dinos for the public to pay big bucks to see. Such as the Mosasaur, a water-bound whale-sized monster that can eat a great white shark as a snack. Take that, Jaws! Also there is an Indominus rex, a new dino cooked up in the lab with some very nasty habits of breaking out and eating whatever it sees. Of course, the park has gone too far to attract more paying customers, and may have instead laid out a scrumptious tourist buffet for the Indominous.
Everyone suddenly is in much danger, and Zach and Gray become hunted. Owen and Claire become dino hunters, Hoskins attempts to take over the park to test his weapons theory. The owner Masrani tries to use his weak chopper flying skills, but he is overwhelmed when the flying pterosaurs escape their aviary.
A nerdy computer guy named Lowery (Jake Johnson) does his best to direct the capture of the Indominus. But in the control room, he does not see how insane the situation has become. He helps to get the tourists evacuated.
Zach and Gray happen to stumble upon the original buildings from the first version of Jurassic Park. They work to escape, and when Owen and Claire meet up with them, everyone is again safe. But only for a short while, because …
This movie takes is cue from the original ‘Jurassic Park’, and it both expands and respects the original source material. There are too many little call-backs and echoes from the first film that you just forget to keep count after a while. Even a few minutes of the original ‘Jurassic Park’ theme come back to remind you about this movie’s origin.
It’s true that the first ‘Jurassic Park’ broke new ground with the visual affects and the quality of the story. The two sequels never lived up to original standards. But now this movie could very well be much closer to the first one, even if it does not live on the same highest level as ‘Jurassic park’.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are total stand-outs in their performances. Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins also are very good, but they are not given all that much to work with for the characters. Jake Johnson is terrific in his part, and he brings a very sincere quality to his nebbish character. Vincent D’Onofrio is stuck with a mean and evil character that is only missing a handlebar mustache that he can twirl.
This movie is a rare example of using 3-D in the right way to make the visual experience better. If at all possible, see this on the widest screen in 3-D, and maybe even in IMAX.
There will be other movies made about dinosaur theme parks, but none as good as this one. It ranks up there with the best of blockbusters and with the biggest of the big summer movies.
Length 123 minutes