Jurassic World (Review)

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After more than a decade, the park is finally open! Jurassic World, one of the most highly anticipated movies in recent memory, stomps into theaters this weekend, delivering all of the dinosaur goodness that the big screen has sorely been missing.

It is a daunting task to reinvigorate such an iconic franchise, but Jurassic World takes the franchise in a new direction while maintaining the essence of the original movies.

The film kicks off by introducing two brothers, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), leaving to visit their aunt in Central America. It just so happens that their aunt is Jurassic World manager, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). Jurassic World is a very different than the one we last saw.

This park is fully operational and has 20,000 daily visitors coming to Isla Nublar to feast their eyes on these prehistoric beasts. This Jurassic World, like many theme parks, has become a place where corporations flock to, and the Samsung, Verizon, Starbucks and Margaritaville logos are all over. This park is more concerned about the bottom like than the animals that they are growing out of test tubes.

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This corporate Jurassic World is evident from Claire’s character who is the stereotypical business person who is running around with her cell phone cemented to her ear. She is a very busy person making sure that the park runs smoothly and continues to make money. She is so busy in fact that she dumps her nephews off on her assistant. Her nephews are no match for her assistant though because they quickly ditch her.

These brothers are another example of the very unoriginal characters in this film. Zach is your typical 16-year-old who thinks he is too cool for everything and thrives off torturing his little brother. Gray is the exact opposite because he is obsessed with dinosaurs and science and is living out his dream at Jurassic World. In the end, they both form a newer and stronger bond like we all knew they would.

In comes Owen (Chris Pratt) who is the exact opposite of Claire. He cares about these prehistorica animals and works to establish trust with them. His job is to train these four Velociraptors and to gain the alpha position in their pack. This isn’t an easy task if you remember every other Jurassic Park movie that has come before. Velociraptors usually mean that everyone dies.

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After a pretty slow start to the movie, things pick up when Claire asks Owen to look at the enclosure for their next big attraction – the Indominus Rex. The Indominus Rex is a hybrid of a T-Rex and another dinosaur that is kept a secret for much of the movie (when it is revealed, everything makes sense). This new dinosaur is like nothing we have ever seen in the Jurassic Park films. This creature has unmatched intelligence, unique capabilities and lust for blood. As to not spoil what happens in the Indominus enclosure, it results in its escape. The rest of the movie is one of the most intense experiences I have ever had in a theater!

With containment being the highest priority, Claire and Owen are at odds over how to capture the Indominus. They finally get on the same page when Claire realizes that her nephews have escaped and are still on an attraction that has been ordered to evacuate. The two set out into the park to resuce the two boys before the Indominus has their way with them.

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Most people watch the Jurassic Park movies to see dinosaurs devour the humans that have caged them. Well, I can confirm that Jurassic World makes the devastation in the previous installments look like child’s play. I decided to stop counting how many people the Indominus ate after 13.

Like the dinosour rampages of the first three installments, Jurassic World is heavy on the nostalgia. Everything from Zach and Gray stumbling upon the old visitors center from the first movie, to the epic battle that takes place at the end. Speaking of the final battle; the last half hour of Jurassic World is like nothing I have ever seen!

During this last half hour, a lot happens and so much is explained. We learn that the Indominus Rex is part of a program to produce a genetically modified dinosaur army. I will admit that this storyline is one of the most unoriginal ideas they could have conceived. Why does every movie have to have a militarization of something?

Despite this, it all starts to make sense why Owen is training these raptors. This training comes in handy when they decide to unleash the velociraptors on the Indominus Rex. There is a tiny problem that arises and by “tiny problem,” I mean a complete cluster! I’ll leave that detail a secret.

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So, everyone is dying like we hoped! As the movie get toward the end, you start to think, “why don’t we get a better look at the T-Rex?” WELL MY FRIENDS, we have found our solution! Claire releases the T-Rex and shit gets real! This final battle is just the most epic thing ever and I SAW IT IN IMAX!! People were cheering when the T-Rex shows up and then a velociprator shows up and a sea monster dinosour shows up and BOOM! #Slay

Jurassic World is an incredible film but there is one thing that you can’t quite shake while watching it – the CGI. The thing that made Jurassic Park such a game changer was its use of anamatronics. This is the reason why to this day, you can watch those movies and not notice how old they are. The use of CGI in Jurassic World kind of leaves you uneasy because it feels wrong. The dinosours look like they were made by a computer and it takes away from the soul of the franchise. Don’t get me wrong, the CGI is outstanding and they did some really awesome things with it. It just feels out of place.

Book your tickets now for this thrill ride because Jurassic World is one that you will want to keep riding forever!

4 RatingJurassic World opened in theaters June 12th, 2015 and stars Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Vincent D’Onofrio. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow.

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