"Ladies and Gentlemen, due to a containment anomaly, all guests must find shelter immediately." ~ Jurassic World
Jurassic Park was one of the best blockbuster films ever made. Unfortunately, after the success of the first film, the two sequels were flops. However, that didn't stop my sons and me from seeing all three of them on DVD. Now twenty-two years after its release, a new generation gets to experience the fourth installment of this movie franchise, Jurassic World, on the big screen. And the same theme prevails.
"....your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."
~ Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
Jurassic World takes us back to Isla Nublar, an island off the coast of Costa Rica originally chosen by wealthy businessman, John Hammond, to be the site for the first amusement park to house cloned dinosaurs. After much initial failure, the park has now been a successful attraction for ten years. However, when attendance and profits are down, park officials decide they need a new exhibit to rekindle interest. They turn to genetic modification to design a new dinosaur. But at what price?
Yes, here we go again. It's not enough humans played God by cloning dinosaurs, now we're going to use scientific power to create a new species by mixing DNA from various animals. (Think designer cat and dog breeds!) Enter the Indominus Rex - the meanest, most bad-ass dinosaur ever! In a world where animals in captivity are mere assets, I hope viewers pick up on the similarities between Jurassic World and other theme parks with similar philosophies. Seeing these magnificent creatures reduced to trained puppets was difficult to swallow.
"These people, they never learn." ~ Barry, Jurassic World
The film is action-packed and provides an adrenaline rush. I had to practice some of my meditative breathing during a few of the on the edge of your seat scenes. The scenery was breathtaking and the special effects are sure to please. BUT, overall, Jurassic World was no match for the original. The story line seemed rushed with very little character development. The film simply focused on the action scenes. The message of moral principles is an important one, but got a bit lost in the mayhem. However, it is entertaining for the right audience. Seeing it in 3D on IMAX did not disappoint and certainly added to the enjoyment of this film.
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Jurassic World is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril. In other words, I strongly caution parents. No matter how much your five-year-old may love dinosaurs, this is not Barney. There is much bloodshed of both people and animals and some language. In addition to my own two sons, the responses I received from other young movie-goers afterwards, the youngest being nine, was the same. They all loved it!
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