This movie has a lot to live up after the dinosaur shaped behemoth that was Jurassic Park. Well I don’t know about you but the two sequels that followed – The Lost World and Jurassic Park III, while good did not have the same cultural impact that Jurassic Park did. Even watching today once that John Williams score starts up, you are a little wide-eyed child again.
Well time has moved on both in real life and in the story. The park that John Hammond always wanted has now become a reality on the island of Isla Nublar. It has however become a combination of Sea World meets a Disneyfied, corporate sponsored park replete with the Starbucks outlets and Samsung sponsored attractions. A bit like us who have it all before in Jurassic Park, the park’s visitors are no longer impressed by your average run-of-the-mill dinosaur and it seem that even the T-rex does not seems to cut it any more in terms of scares.
Well the boffins in the lab cook up something altogether a lot more vicious and altogether more intelligent Indominus Rex, well what could ever go wrong there !!
As before we are introduced to two young children played by actors Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson who have been shipped off to the park by their parents who are considering divorce and to reconnect with their Aunt Beth ( Bryce Dallas Howard ) who has become what estranged from the rest of the family. Beth of course being the workaholic that she is palms her two young charges off on her assistant played by Irish actress Katie McGrath who you might remember from the BBC series Merlin. Well she will not win employee of the month and she pays for her in- attention later on in the movie. The two boys go on their own tour of the park that does not stick to the park schedule and they find themselves in a very sticky situation, when the Indominus Rex who has not been socialised with other dinosaurs and does not like being confined decides to go walkabout around the park / theme park and also enjoys killing both dinosaurs and people just because it can.
Chris Pratt who plays the character of Owen in the movie and is like a cross between a dinosaur wrangler meets Indiana Jones goes on a park wide scavenger hunt with Beth and the park’s S.W.A.T team to try and save the two boys from the claws of the I-Rex.
The question you are now going to ask me is how does this one measure up to the original Jurassic Park, there I feel that the comparisons are unfair as Jurassic Park will always win out as that sense of wonder that that movie gave us no matter what age we were has passed, we have seen it before. Jurassic World is the telling of a different story due to the passage of time in the real world and the story. Better to look at this movie afresh and you won’t be disappointed with ride that it brings you on.
This is only Colin Trevorrow’s second movie after the small-time indie sci-fi hit that was Safety Not Guaranteed a movie that is worth checking out. Steven Spielberg is only producer on this movie but this movie pays quite a few nods to the movie that spawned the franchise – see how many you can spot dotted around this movie. Does this movie suffer from the fact that the actor B.D.Wong is the only returning character from the first movie, well no as their replacements do a good job of filling the shoes of the characters that came before them.
You can certainly say that the park is back open for business !!
#MOVIES V REAL LIFE
Did you know that the R.M.S Titanic cost £1.5 million pounds to construct between the laying of it’s keel, to it’s launch at the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast between 1910 to 1912 . That works out to about $7.5 million in U.S dollars at the time and about $120 to $150 million in 1997, that was the year that the movie directed by James Cameron came out.
The cost of the movie Titanic- $200 million dollars !!