In 1993 John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) had a dream that would become the most advanced amusement park in the world that would drive kids out of their minds. The dream was Jurassic Park, and the attractions were dinosaurs brought back to life through advanced cloning techniques through his company InGen. Twenty two years after the events of the first Jurassic Park Hammond’s dream has now become a reality and the park is now open to the world.
Jurassic World finally offers audiences the chance to see what Hammond had envisioned all those years ago as a reality courtesy of the Masrani Corporation headed by Simon Masrani (Irrhan Khan) who was personally handed control of Hammond’s company before his passing. The park receives a massive audience attendance of over 20,000 people a day which continues to grow with every new attractions unveiled. To help fill this need for newer and bigger attractions, Masrani and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) the parks operations manager have tasked their geneticists headed by Dr. Henry Wu (B.D Wong) to create an entirely new dinosaur, the Indominus Rex.
The fourth instalment in one of the most successful film franchises of the past thirty years has been in development for over a decade with a variety of different scripts and ideas being tossed around, but it took the vision of Colin Trevorrow, the director of the indie hit, Safety Not Guaranteed to recapture the spirit of Steven Spielberg’s original masterpiece. Using concepts and ideas that appeared in Michael Crichton’s original novel, Trevorrow and his writing partner, Derek Connolly have managed to create a story that is a perfect blend of the science fiction of Crichton’s books and the excitement and wonder of Spielberg’s film.
Whilst the plot may seem like it retraces that of the original, Jurassic World manages to stand on its own as the sequel that the first film deserved. The film opens with the introduction of the films younger stars Gray and Zach (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robertson) as they embark on their first trip to Jurassic World where they are treated to a weeks worth of excitement with their aunt, Howard’s Claire who seems far more interested in having the new Indominous Rex exhibition ready for the public than getting to know her estranged nieces. To help speed things allow, Claire asks Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a former Navy SEAL who now works with the Velociraptors as a behavioural expert to come an inspect the new dinosaurs pen for any vulnerabilities. Regardless of all the issues about breeding a new dinosaur that Grady warns his employees, the Indominus-Rex manages to break out and mayhem follows.
Jurassic World successfully offers up what audiences expect from these films but a whole lot more. The same arguments that Ian Malcolm was making in the original film continue to hover over the parks new owners who are more interested in keeping profits up than seeing the dangerous risk that they are ignoring by bringing these animals into the modern age. Chris Pratt’s Owen is the voice of reason that is ignored because he is the only one who really sees things these animals as more than a dollar sign.
The film is filled with spectacular set pieces that range from excitement of seeing the park filled with people to the heart racing action that will give you goosebumps. The casting of Pratt, Dallas Howard and the rest of the cast, which includes Vincent D’Onofrio as Vic Hoskins, the head of the military branch of InGen who sees Grady’s relationship with the raptors as an opportunity to use them for warfare. Whilst the human cast is an impressive collection of some of Hollywood’s finest performers, the real stars of the film are the dinosaurs.
The sight of seeing these amazing creatures, both new and old stomping back onto the big screen will fill audiences with awe, heartbreak and terror. From the sight of the Mosasaurus jumping out of the water, the Pterandon attack on the main street, to the raptors running alongside Chris Pratt on a motorcycle to the spectacualr finale will have your heart racing, but it is one scene with an Alpatosaurus that will have you in tears. The new terror that is the Indominous Rex is a fantastic creation and is the stuff of nightmares. The idea behind her creation, which includes the blending of different animals is based on ideas from Crichton’s novels which help to create the ultimate villain for this film.
Jurassic World is a fantastic film that not only manages to recapture the magic of the original film but elevates it to a whole new level that the other sequels never imagined. A roaring success for Trevorrow who proves that he is a filmmaker to watch out for.
Review written by Christopher Innis