Jurassic World (9/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 124 minutes.
OK for children over 12.
This is as good a monster thriller as you will ever see. The special
effects are mind-boggling, the 3D doesnít dilute the color and is
ever-present, and the story is good enough to hold interest for over two
hours. There might be a plot hole or two, but they didnít jump out at me
and if they were there they certainly didnít detract from the enjoyment
of the film. When youíre dealing with an island full of dinosaurs
created from DNA, you donít expect crushing reality.
Well directed by Colin Trevorrow with screenplay credits to Rick Jaffa &
Amanda Silver (who also get story credits, even though the whole idea
was created by the late Michael Crichton, who does get a credit) and
Derek Connelly & Colin Trevorrow, it sounds like they had problems with
the script. However they worked it out, this works pretty well, even
though there are a few scenes at the end that looked like they were
reaching for it.
The film has two attractive stars, Bryce Dallas Howard playing Claire
and Chris Pratt playing Owen. They are at odds but, well, they are both
attractive and this is a movie.
Despite the fine cast, however, obviously the stars are the dinosaurs
and the 3D and IMAX. They clearly spent the money required to make this
a first class film. IMAX is IMAX, huge and beautiful.
That leaves us with the dinosaurs. While this film makes them a lot more
intelligent than they probably were. But how dumb were they? They were
earthís main inhabitants for 125 million years! Homo Sapiens has been
here for, what, 200,000 years at the most? Thatís 1.6% of the duration
of the dinosaursí dominance. And Homo Sapiens has been ďcivilizedĒ for
maybe only the last 5,000 years.).
These dinosaurs are apparently trainable. But Claire has gone off and
cooperated with Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong, still around from Jurassic
Park, 20 years ago, can you believe it?) to create a monster
dinosaur, Indominus Rex, that,
naturally, gets loose in the park, wreaking all sorts of havoc. Itís up
to Claire and Owen to set things right, even though the park is
overflowing with what looks to be 20,000 tourists and Claire is supposed
to be overseeing her nephews who are, naturally, out in the park alone
while the monster rages.
Nobodyís ever going to see a real dinosaur but these dinosaurs look more
like the real thing than, well, the real thing. This movie is a treat!