Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Jurassic World film review

Went to see this today at the Leeds/Bradford Odeon with my friends Bev and Aj.

IMDB says: A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park's newest attraction-a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine-escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

In this Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed, Reality Show) directed film, screenplay written by Rick Jaffa (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed, Gary: Under Crisis), and Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, ER), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Recreation) stars as Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, The Village) stars as Claire, working together to try and save her nephews Zach (Nick Robinson, The Kings of Summer, Frenemies) and Gray (Ty Simpkins, War of the Worlds, Iron Man 3) in the theme park her boss Masrani (Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire) owns.

Owen's boss Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio, Daredevil, Men in Black) wants to use his 'trained' raptors as a weapon and Owen and his colleague Barry (Omar Sy, Untouchable, Samba) are having none of it, but he has other plans.

Before unveiling their new asset, the I-Rex, which the scientists including Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong, Jurassic Park, Father of the Bride) have genetically modified but as they have kept it a secret the people working with them do not know what they are made up of, the Park Owner Masrani decides to ask Owen to take a look, but when he does, it appears to have got out of its cage.

In this Action, Adventure, Sci-fi movie, the characters are the main let down.  The main story arc is a re-hash of the first film's action and there is no character development.  Save for a 'romance' between the main two, the character of Claire comes across as a selfish workaholic throughout most of the film and Owen a stereotypical ex-forces role.  The two boys are given similar short shrift in that the subplot of their parents' (Karen - Judy Greer, 13 going on 30, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - and Scott - Andy Buckley, The Office, Bridesmaids) divorce is mentioned at the beginning of the film, but not dealt with or brought to a resolution.  It feels like a waste of the acting talent, as does the babysitting role of Katie McGrath (Merlin, A Princess for Christmas) as Zara, who is referred to as Claire's assistant 'who is English' as though this should have some bearing on her ability to keep the boys safe.

Still of BD Wong and Irrfan Khan in Jurassic World (2015)

There is some nice work by Jake Johnson (New Girl, Lets be Cops) as Lowery to give a hint at character development with his retro t-shirt, plastic dinosaurs on his workspace and between himself and his work colleague Vivian (Lauren Lapkus, Blended, Are You Here?), but again, it leads to nothing.

Where the film does score highly are the special effects and development of a believable world, you could imagine yourself at a theme park like this and the dinosaur scenes are fantastic, but there should have been more variety in the ones shown, it felt like they have all been done before.

Still of Chris Pratt in Jurassic World (2015)

Trivia: There is a statue in the Park of John Hammond the founder of the InGen company and Jurassic Park to honour the role played by Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park, Elizabeth) who died in August 2014, for season 2 of Parks and Recreation Chris Pratt made a behind the scenes video where he reads a fake text from Steven Spielberg about being cast in Jurassic Park 4 and he was cast as the lead in the 4th Jurassic Park film and the New Orleans abandoned Six Flags theme park was used to create a 300 x 200 foot Main Street and Boardwalk in the parking lot which they shot on set for two and a half weeks.

Tagline: The park is open.                                                           7/10

Still of Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson in Jurassic World (2015)

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