- RatedPG13 /GenreAction, Adventure, Science Fiction
Meaner, bigger… and cooler.
That was the brief a billionaire gave to a scientist to create the next theme park attraction.
Like the big, bad, genetically modified dinosaur Indominus Rex (I-Rex), ‘Jurassic World’ is a reflection of that.
‘JURASSIC PARK’ FOR THE NEW GENERATION
Chris Pratt (left) and Bryce Dallas Howard in 'Jurassic World' | Photo: UIP
‘Jurassic World’ is the ‘Jurassic Park’ for the new generation, one imbued with elements of the all too-familiar wide-eyed grandeur of a Steven Spielberg movie, the bombast of an action blockbuster, and cool special effects artistry.
The fourth instalment of the dino franchise takes us back to Isla Nublar, 22 years after the events of the first ‘Jurassic Park’, to find John Hammond’s dream of a reptilian theme park fully realised.
As the movie opens, ‘Jurassic World' is a fully operational destination, with luxury hotels and restaurants.
The park has become a roaring success under the command of eccentric billionaire Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan).
Tourists fly in to Costa Rica before embarking on a final leg by sea to ogle and mingle in the flesh with creatures borne out of strands of long-dormant DNA, all within swish surroundings.
Children squeal with delight at the petting zoo with baby dinosaurs while the adults gawk at a Tyrannosaur feeding on a goat behind the safety of glass.
There’s even an aquatic show where instead of dolphins or whales, it features a massive Mosasaurus (a prehistoric crocodile).
The new park has fulfilled Hammond’s dream, through state-of-the-art technology, and several new dinosaurs created by the original park’s bio-engineer, Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong).
‘Jurassic World’ is what ‘Jurassic Park’ could have been if not for a thieving employee throwing a spanner in the works all those years ago.
Of course, the picture-perfect theme park does not stay that way for long. The I-Rex breaks loose from its enclosure to wreak havoc on visitors and creatures.
One of the best things about ‘Jurassic World’ is that it features all new players. There’s no Dr Grant, but in his place as the humane face and hero of the movie is Chris Pratt’s ex-Navy vet Owen, who spends his time training Velociraptors to obey his commands.
Pratt continues his run as Hollywood's latest action hero here, possibly warming up for his dream role of playing Indiana Jones in a reboot.
Bryce Dallas Howard plays the park’s no-nonsense administrator whose job it is to continually find new ways to make money for shareholders.
She is so consumed by that goal, she has no time for her visiting nephews, Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson), leaving them to fend for themselves when crisis strikes.
Vincent D’Onofrio puts on a serviceable performance as company man Hoskins, who wants to put Owen’s Velociraptors to better use.
THE GOOD AND FAMILIAR
Chris Pratt plays dinosaur trainer Owen Grady | Photo: UIP
Taking over the reins from Spielberg is Colin Trevorrow, who succeeded in instilling the same sense of wonder by paying homage to the beloved 1993 adventure.
The film’s main thrust about man's greed and pride remain, with the message of why it does not pay to interfere with Mother Nature, or even try to control it.
“Nature will find a way,” Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm said in the first movie and it rings true again here.
In a year where superheroes and apocalypse survivors rule the box office, the filmmakers of ‘Jurassic World’ made sure that their offering roars above the rest.
Using a mix of computer graphics, performance capture and practical effects, the movie’s new monsters are breathtaking in both their scope and their realism.
Of course, it’s not just a monster-gone-wild film, there is enough emotional heft in ‘Jurassic World’ to keep you interested. Look out, too, for some sly nods to the original movie.
This movie might not have the same inventiveness or evoke the same awe when we first laid eyes on a Brontosaurus, but it has certainly taken the challenge to present audiences with something new.
The dinosaur battle at the end is worth the ticket price alone.
‘Jurassic World’ opens 11 June 2015