Movie Review : Jurassic World

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It has been more than 20 years since the original Jurassic Park thrilled audiences around the world and became an instant classic. This 4th installment in the franchise has a lot to live up to and will need to pull out the big guns if it is to impress today’s CGI saturated market.

The theme park Jurassic World, as it is now known, is a major tourist attraction and is overseen by the incredibly uptight yet highly motivated Claire (Howard). For Claire, the park and it’s dinosaurs as nothing more than money-making units while the owner, Simon (Khan) takes a more naturalist view and can still marvel at what they have all created.

Yet the public have grown weary of dinosaurs and they want more…they want bigger, faster, more teeth. Well let me introduce Indominus Rex.

Indominus Rex is a hybrid dinosaur that is so vicious she ate her sibling. She is smart, she is cunning and she has been raised alone. Claire brings Owen (Pratt), who is the park’s dinosaur handler, to see the Indominus Rex and he is not happy. There are many reasons for his unease, all which become apparent when the carnage begins.

Owen spends all his time with Raptors who, you may recall from the first movie, are the sassy little dinosaurs who work together to fell the big boys. Owen seems to be one of the few who never forget these are just reptiles who don’t have feelings and are driven by instincts alone. This is why Owen is our hero.

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To add some humanity and that sense of urgency to the impending bloodbath, Claire’s young nephews Gray (Simpkins) and Zach (Robinson) have come to visit and they are ‘somewhere out there’ when the horror begins. Claire and Owen set out to find the boys and stop the Rex from slaughtering thousands of innocents.

Jurassic World is everything I hoped it would be. It will never be as good as the original because I, like the rest of the world, am a jaded individual who has seen it all before 20 years ago. But that doesn’t stop this from being a damn good movie.

Sure, it’s a little light on depth and script and this is only highlighted by the calibre of actors who are left with precious little to do once they utter their lines. The movie is redeemed by the spunky young Gray, who manages to save not only himself but his hormonally challenged older brother, and the newly buff Pratt as The Hero.

This movie is the epitome of popcorn blockbuster and you should definitely go and see it

4 stars

Love Flick xx

Director : Colin Trevorrow

Starring :  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Judy Greer, Lauren Lapkus, Brian Tee, Katie McGrath

Running Time :  124 minutes

Release Date :  11 June 2015

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