Thursday, June 18, 2015

MY THOUGHTS: Jurassic World (2015)

Genre:
Action/Adventure
Science Fiction/Thriller
Rating:
PG-13
Run Time:
2 hrs 4 mins
Release Date:
June 12, 2015
Distributor:
Universal Pictures

Official Site:

Based on characters created by:
Michael Crichton

Screenplay by:
Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow

Directed by:
Colin Trevorrow

Produced by:
Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley

Executive Producers:
Steven Spielberg, Thomas Tull

Plot Summary:
Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurrasic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it's up to a former military man and animal expert to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.

Cast:
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, Irrfan Khan

See full cast list at IMDB



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**My Thoughts**

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Being a fan of the previous Jurassic movies, I really enjoyed this epic follow up movie. This time, they definitely upped the ante on the "wow" factor. The views were breathtaking, the action/adventure element were exciting, and the dinosaurs (of course) were amazing. From scene to scene (in 3D, to boot), the movie looked realistic... all the way down to the facial expressions of the dinosaurs. Jurassic World definitely had the thrill factor for a theme park. However, the storyline/plot was somewhat lacklustered; it pretty much followed the same theme as the first film... it just added more action and effects... and a new dinosaur!

Although with its similar storyline as Jurassic Park, the difference in this film is the success of it's theme park...after so many years. Of course, we can't forget the underlying themes that serve as "warnings" of the dangers that follows when man plays God in "creating" animals that are extinct...namely, yup, dinosaurs. This already portrays the already too real dangers of wild animals that are kept in captivity (namely in zoos and wildlife parks...even in circuses) are still wild animals that can and will attack at any time...be it provoked or unprovoked. I even noticed that very subtle theme of "nature vs. nurture" in the scenes with the velociraptors and Owen (Chris Pratt), then the scenes with the velociraptors and the Indominus rex. Then there is the business factor that is incorporated into the story...well, its business...right!?! It's all about creating profit in any shape or form... in this case, using these dangerous dinosaurs as weapons...huh, yeah well, that's capitalism at it's best...hahaha!! Even when innocent lives are at stake. Again, Jurassic World also shows the lack of respect for these majestic animals.

The cast themselves also aided in creating the excitement and dramatic flair to this film with their wonderful performances as their characters interacted well with each other and the dinosaurs.... creating that emotional bonding in the film. I even got emotional for a few of the scenes...yes, I did tear up when dinosaurs were killed...haha!

In the end, Jurassic World is a film that the entire family will enjoy, but I wouldn't recommend kids younger than 12 to watch it. We did...but, my daughter...eh, she just thought is was ok; just check out her review on it. The rating of PG-13 is definitely spot on, because of the violence and danger that is portrayed in the film. Although much of the danger and violence are in the form of dinosaurs, it is still violent and disturbing for the youngsters.

My rating:

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