Movie Reviews: Jurassic World




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     Universal (2 hrs. 3 min.)
     Jurassic Park finally opens and the dinner bell is ringing.
     Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Omar Sy, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, B.D. Wong
Bottom Line:

Laurence Washington

Surprise! Surprise! Dinosaurs escape from their confines in the fourth “Jurassic Park” installment, and begin taste-testing people. Bet you never saw that coming.

Fast-forward 22 years from the original film, the re-launched Dino theme park is up and running hosting hotels, monorails, throngs of tourists and genetically engineered dinosaurs.

But that’s not good enough. InGen stockholders want new and bigger attractions every year with more teeth to increase revenues. So Jurassic Park scientists, led by Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong), the only holdover from the original film, concoct their own dinosaur.

Enter Indominus Rex. He’s bigger and meaner than a T-Rex. And he’s genetically engineered with other enhancements such as camouflage and Raptor intelligence.

So how could you possibly go wrong with an intelligent, hungry, pissed-off dinosaur that can camouflage itself? Well… Indominus escapes. Another surprise. Or there wouldn’t be a point in watching a two-hour movie where people are not lining up to be a hot lunch. “Jurassic World,” has a few good jolts, but it’s PG-13 rating is closer to “PG” than “R,” so a lot of Indominus’ fine dinning experiences is off camera. It’s not as intense as the original, so bring the kids.

That being said, “Jurassic World’s” dinosaurs look fantastic, however, the movie lacks the humanity of “Jurassic Park” (’93). They spent too much time on special effects such as 3D and CGI and not enough on the script. You just don’t care what happens to the main characters, two teenage brothers, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) who are visiting Jurassic World, that is managed by their aloof Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard).The only interesting characters are dinosaur whisperer Owen (Chris Pratt), who has a rapport with the raptors he raised, and InGen heavy Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), who plans to weaponize dinosaurs for military purposes. Hoskins reminisces they could have used dinosaurs in the Gulf War.

“Jurassic World’s” gives several winks and nods to “Jurassic Park” (’92), however, the ending covers familiar territory. The storyline suggest a sequel, which hopefully will be original. Now that will be a surprise.

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