Jurassic World digs up new life in beloved franchise
That summer of 1993 is one childhood memory I'll never forget. On a particular Saturday, my dad had arrived early from work and told us we were going to the show. He didn't say which movie we were seeing (he told us it was surprise) and told us to get blankets and snacks. Back then, we saw a majority of all movies at a local drive-in and my dad had a truck with a huge bed for the four of us to sit in. The movie we saw that evening was none other than Jurassic Park. From the first appearance of the Brachiosaurus feeding on the trees to the T-rex chase scene, my 5 year old mind was blown away. Jurassic World plays more like a homage to the original film as well as to the sequels that followed. To try to top the first or to recreate that nostalgic wonder feeling is an impossible feat; instead this sequel does its' own thing all the while paying respect to the previous entries. 22 years after the events of the first film, John Hammond's abandoned park on Isla Nublar has been taken over by InGen, remodeling and reconstructing the ruins into a fully functional park now open to the public. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the park's operations manager who is creating bigger dinosaur attractions to increase the park's attendance as well attract more investors. The team in charge of creating the dinosaurs have developed a new species called the Indominus rex through gene splicing. Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), the new owner of the park, sends the park's raptor trainer Owen (Chris Pratt) to study the new predator and investigate whether or not its' enclosure is safe to
open for the public. Upon inspecting the Indominus and its' environment, Owen concludes that the predator's lack of socializing with other dinosaurs makes it too dangerous to put on exhibit, and given the creature's genetic makeup, it could be more intelligent than others. The Indominus tricks the park's staff into believing it climbed over the enclosure's walls, luring Owen and a few members inside to investigate how it got out only to be ambushed by the deadly predator and escaping into the open field. Now Owen and the park staff must stop the Indominus from wreaking further chaos and putting the park attendants in danger. As mentioned earlier, Jurassic World feels like a love letter to the
original, throwing several nods and eater eggs that fans will notice. And much like the first films, World continues to touch on the themes of the dangers of cloning and respect for natural order, never forgetting what these films were really about besides being another summer blockbuster with giant dinosaur fighting (although that is pretty much why people go see these movies to begin with). Although it didn't blow my mind like the first film did when I was 5, Jurassic World is still an entertaining popcorn flick and is one of the funnest times you'll have at the movies this summer.
Reviewed by Razor, 6/18/15
Reviewed by Razor, 6/18/15