I was so looking forward to Jurassic World! I loved the original Jurassic Park (1993); I marveled at the (for the time) cutting-edge CGI and I just really love and respect dinosaurs. Unfortunately, as I reluctantly expected, I was majorly disappointed with this one.
Even though it is the fourth instalment in the series and is supposed to be a sequel (of sorts) to the original movie, in many ways it’s just a re-telling of that film’s story: a high tech theme park, safety of the patrons is “guaranteed”, lots of genetically engineered dinos, things go terribly wrong, annoying kids in peril, some people die, a “hero” saves the day.
Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, is set twenty two years after the events of Jurassic Park. The new instalment takes place on the same fictional island of Isla Nublar (off the coast of Costa Rica) where the fully functioning dinosaur theme park has been in operation for ten years. The park plunges into chaos when a genetically modified dinosaur, Indominus Rex, breaks loose and runs rampant across the island. It is up to a former military man and animal expert Owen (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers, Zach and Gray (Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins) as well as the rest of the tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.
Of course for the more discerning and insightful movie-goer, there are many symbolic themes buried in this Hollywoody, formulaic, cinematic piece: consumer and corporate excess, insatiable greed and the neverending desire for profit, man meddling with nature for his own ends, the triumph of technology over man when the computer fail-safe systems are compromised, etc. Just seeing the amazing raptors, shackled and controlled in the steel harnesses and being taunted by the humans, is powerful thematic and symbolic stuff on its own.
The scientific accuracy of the film has inevitably been criticised by the dino purists, even claiming that the depiction of the prehistoric wonders are not as accurate as they were in the original movie … and Jurassic Park was certainly not without its own inaccuracies. My only response to that is: “It’s a monster movie; get over it!”
As text book as it is for making a Hollywood, money-making blockbuster, Jurassic World is certainly not without entertainment value. The CGI is impressive, the confrontations between man and beast and beast and beast are exhilarating and the clever use of tracking shots are always a joy to behold.
Actually I really wouldn’t mind a Jurassic World 2, especially if all the dinos went totally psycho and came out as the victors after eating the greedy corporate identities for their main meal and all the voyeuristic park patrons for dessert!
MoM Rating: 7/10
View the trailer here…