Directed by Colin Trevorrow
Written by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Produced by Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent DO’nofrio, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong and Judy Greer.
Plot Synopsis: Released 22 years after the first film, Jurassic Park has now finally become a fully operational theme park re-titled Jurassic World, having reached the stage of truly realising and fulfilling the dreams of pioneering entrepreneur John Hammond. But its not too long until something goes wrong again. Something terribly wrong…
Hard to believe its been 14 years since we’ve gone without another Jurassic Park movie hitting our screens, what with the trouble its been going through over the years; some of us may have been starting to think that a fourth entry was never going to be on the cards. Upon hearing the first piece of news of Spielberg expressing interest in returning back to the director’s chair, and with the script going through so many redrafts, us Jurassic fans could only hope it would be a much better effort than the poor and laughable third film.
Fast forward to the present day and Spielberg decides to serve as executive producer instead while Colin Trevorrow, who’s name I was unfamiliar with, had just one prior feature film in his filmography, ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ – a movie I recently watched for the first time that took me by complete surprise; (in a relatively good way I guess) teases us as much as he can by posting only little snippet photos and clues on his twitter account roughly a year or two before unleashing his beast upon us.
I can happily confirm that the long, overdue wait in anxious anticipation was indeed one waiting for. It will never beat my love for the first Jurassic Park as that’s damn near impossible (what with it being the first film that I’d experienced on the big screen, forever cementing my growing obsession and everlasting love for the cinema and movies) but it definitely blows both the second and third entries sky high out of the water.
What makes it so different from the previous two is the fact it doesn’t feel like a direct sequel, more of its own kind of standalone dinosaur movie with some nicely added honourable nods to the original film and the late great Richard Attenborough’s Hammond.
With a whole new batch of characters, but yet, set once again on Isla Nublar; we are informed that this fully operational and hi-tech controlled dinosaur theme park has been up and running for the last decade, but with visitor rates declining, scientists at the Hammond Creation Lab (where the ‘real magic’ happens) decide its time to introduce a little ‘anarchy’ by creating a new genetic hybrid dinosaur, infamously entitled Indominus Rex (Part T-Rex, the other part ‘CLASSIFIED’) as its new ‘thrill seeking’ attraction to help re-ignite visitor rates and boost up those family tour sales.
But this being a Jurassic Park film, its not long before everything goes totally tits up. Again. I blame humans for being too power hungry, failing to understand the power of creation that they bestowed upon themselves with until its too late. Like Dr. Ian Malcolm once said – “genetic power is the most awesome force the planet’s ever seen, but you wield it like a kid that’s found his dad’s gun.” – Never have truer words been more spoken.
The most fun part of this film and its predecessors in the series is guessing who’s going to survive throughout and who will become dino lunch. Thrown into the mix this time is Claire Dearing (Dallas Howard) the park supervisor, who should be looking forward to her two nephews (Simpkins and Robinson) visiting, but instead is more occupied with profit margins and the smooth running of the park. Then theres Owen Grady (Pratt – still reeling from his success as Peter Quill/Starlord in ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ and proving he’s still has what it takes as a leading action man) an ex army soldier turned velociraptor trainer. All four central characters find themselves in an intense fight for survival right until the climatic, action pumped final act that we come to expect in this series, where it doesn’t take long before the Indominus Rex escapes from her seemingly highly secured compound to wreak chaos, mayhem and bloody murderous rampage on just about everyone.
There have been more than a few that have been nitpicking it’s own faults and plot-holes, but honestly, how can you possibly have a film like this without there being a few flaws here and there. Its a summer action blockbuster. With entertainment value. Aiming to please all adults and kids of all ages. As far as I’m concerned its done its job, a film to leave your brain at the door for a couple of hours and just purely enjoy it for the sheer action and special effects. I can guarantee this is more than a well warm welcomed, great addition to an already popular franchise that everyone will enjoy. Spared no expense.