Back on Isla Nublar, Jurassic World has been in business for many years. It is a vastly popular attraction for families to come and explore, watching resurrected dinosaurs live in custom-built habitats. There are educational programs to attend, and even rides that take you out into some of the enclosures.
Zach and Gray Mitchell are sent to visit their aunt, Claire, who is the operations manager of the park. But when they arrive, she is far too busy with the latest attraction that will be opening in a matter of days: a new breed of genetically altered dinosaur named the Indominus Rex, developed by Jurassic Park geneticist Dr. Henry Wu.
Meanwhile on the island, Owen Grady (a US Navy veteran and ethologist) is training a small group of Velociraptors to see if their pack mentality can be utilized in other ways while researching their intelligence. He has a group of four, that he has raised since birth, with Blue as his beta. The research that he is doing seems to stem from the theories of Dr. Grant.
As Claire shows off the Indominus Rex to the owner of Jurassic World they discover that the enclosure may not be enough to keep everyone safe. So, they task Owen with determining it’s security. But during the course of the briefing, they discover that there may be more to the Indominus Rex than meets the untrained (and uninformed) eye… she seems to have disappeared, yet the enclosure is intact. When a small group including Owen enter the enclosure to observe where she may have gotten to and fully assess the security Indominus shows just how clever and devious she truly is, using their desire to escape her jaws as way to become loose on the property.
With one of the most dangerous dinosaurs ever created on the loose, her nephews missing and millions of dollars (as well as park full of guests) at risk, Claire needs to think fast, and act even faster if she is going to prevent a major tragedy from occurring.
-Genre: Science-Fiction Action
-Creator: based on the world created by Michael Crichton
-Length: 124 minutes
-Rating: PG-13 (moderate violence and gore, mild alcohol use, moderate frightening and intense scenes, large monster action sequences)
-Where to Watch: DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Irrfan Khan
-Page of Reference in RP1: 62
Review (contains spoilers):
I really enjoyed this film. The feeling of the first Jurassic Park movie is felt all throughout the film and it is a really great call back when the boys end up in the old facility. There is the great unknown moments and yet the whole movie has the feeling that everyone really should have known better and had better security protocols in place…especially since the park had been open for quite a large amount of time.
The boys are smart and use every opportunity they find to get out of the situation they end up in. The big bad is actually a set of horrible humans and not just an accident or a moment of happenstance. And we get an appearance by the ORIGINAL T-Rex from the first film!
Character interactions and writing are well done. And the effects truly look spectacular. They took a page out of the book of the original trilogy using both CGI and animatronics to create a large number of the dinosaurs in the park. Its things like this that cause the movie to hold up well over the years.
The velociraptors being an asset is new and I like that they seem to be building on the research of Dr. Grant from the first trilogy. They have moved onto the fact that not only are the raptors social creatures but that their intelligence can be curbed for more productive actions and not just the instinctual actions of an animal. It brings another level into the film.
What I didn’t like was that a few of the deaths and some of the action sequences felt unnecessary or brutal in ways that weren’t needed (like that of Zara, Claire’s assistant who is trying to look after and then find the boys when they dodge her)…
In the end I really did enjoy the film and since I haven’t seen the second I hope I like it as much as I liked this one.