A new Jurassic Park with new dinosaurs. The tourists are still coming in but the numbers are starting to dwindle. Can a new genetic hybrid of dinosaur keep the public’s interest?
It has been twenty two years since the original disaster at the preview event for Jurassic Park, but this hasn’t stopped anyone from opening one of the world’s greatest attractions.
The original company that owned Jurassic Park, InGen, was bought out and it is now owned by the Patel Corporation. Ignoring what has gone before; they have created a new park on the same island, Isla Nebular.
This new Jurassic Park has been running successfully for ten years but the general public are starting to grow bored of dinosaurs and new attractions are needed.
The scientists of John Hammond Laboratory, a nice tribute to the original film and the late actor Richard Attenborough, have spliced the DNA together of several breeds of creatures to create a new exciting dinosaur.
Entitled the Indominus Rex, the supervisor of the park Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), is hoping to use this creature to attract new corporate sponsors for the park. She first wants to make sure that everything is ready for the public and calls upon velociraptor expert and trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt).
Owen who already works at the park is training velociraptors so that they can be controlled. He believes that they can be used for good but the onsite InGen security officer, Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) believes they are perfect for military applications.
Claire shows Owen the Indominus Rex in its enclosure but he is not impressed. He warns her that because the dinosaur has been reared alone, the creature has no social skills and will attack everything it sees.
The frustration continues when the dinosaur fails to make an appearance and the system informs them that the Indominus Rex isn’t even in the paddock. Fearing the worst, Owen and a security team head into the enclosure.
The Indominus Rex is a lot cleverer than they realise (to reveal why would be a spoiler) and attacks them once they are inside. An inept guard opens the main gate to escape but is eaten. The killing machine leaves the paddock and starts to roam Jurassic Park.
To make matters worse, two of Claire’s nephews, who she is supposed to be looking after, are currently somewhere visiting in the park as well. Can she find them and contain the Indominus Rex problem?
Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, is the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise but as you may have gathered by the high box office numbers, this one is really very good. Whilst I don’t think it has been officially mentioned anywhere, Colin has said that this film is a direct sequel to the original and doesn’t make any connection with either Jurassic Park: The Lost World or Jurassic Park III. This I believe benefits the film greatly as most of the audience clearly remember the basic premise of the huge successful original film of 1993.
Chris Pratt is on a career role here and portrays another character that is fun to watch. He’s been a little plastic man, a saviour of the galaxy and now a dinosaur trainer! Can this man do no wrong?
After viewing the first trailers, I was concerned over the plot element of Owen being able to train velociraptors. The shot that unhinged me most, which has been used for advertising posters, was of Owen riding through the jungle on a motorbike, flanked by his velociraptor pack.
I’m happy to say my fears were laid to rest because I enjoyed the film from start to finish and once seen in context of the whole film, the velociraptor plot element wasn’t a problem for me.
Bryce Dallas Howard is a strong female character and doesn’t just resort to screaming and running and she works great with Chris Pratt. There is the often mentioned plot hole that she is wearing high heels during the whole movie (a lot of running is obviously involved), but just let that slip your mind and enjoy it.
Other notable mentions must go out for Vincent D’Onofrio who I last saw in Netflix’s Daredevil and he is great as the human bad guy element in this film. It wasn’t until my wife pointed out he’s an actor who I’ve seen so many times but never realised it.
Vincent was in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ as the unforgettable ‘Gomer Pyle’ as well as Edgar, the evil space bug from the original ‘Men in Black’.
The other main plot thread of ‘Jurassic World’ concerns the two nephews of Claire’s character, Gray and Zach Mitchell (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson) and how they survive in the park on their own. They come across as two typical kids, the younger one loving the dinosaurs whilst the elder just wants to go home to his girlfriend. Their story thread is just as entertaining as the others.
Finally another special mention to B. D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu. He only has a few scenes in the original ‘Jurassic Park’ film and it was great to see the link continued through with his character still working with dinosaurs at the park.
Despite the many plot holes which many internet sites have pointed out (try to avoid them before you see the film!), ‘Jurassic World’ is a great sequel for the franchise and my wife and I loved every minute and we can’t wait to watch it again.
Jurassic World is on general release around the world.
Home video release is currently set for October 19th (UK)