In Theaters: Jurassic World


Main Plot Points:

  • Visitors at the Jurassic World theme park run for their lives when the genetically engineered Indominus Rex and other dinosaurs go on a rampage.

What We Thought:

  • It’s been 14 years since the last Jurassic Park movie, and I have to say that returning to the island of Isla Nublar was a welcome journey.
  • Jurassic World doesn’t capture the great characters and jaw-dropping grandeur of the original film 22 years ago, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for with all-out action. In spades.
  • This time around, we’re introduced to a new, smarter dinosaur, genetically engineered from a mix of other dinosaurs and animals. What could go wrong? Plenty, of course. It doesn’t take long before this bigger, meaner, nastier dinosaur is wreaking havoc throughout the entire park.
  • And that’s where the fun comes in. The special effects are fantastic, and the numerous action sequences are fast and furious, yet choreographed well enough that you can always tell what’s going on — something that’s missing in so many of today’s action movies. There are a couple of really intense scenes that even almost border on being a horror film.
  • The film’s biggest flaw is the script. It terrifies me that it took four people to write such a bland, pedestrian script. Any opportunities for wit or charm or cleverness are quickly swallowed up by the most mediocre dialogue you can imagine. Luckily, the film is so much fun that it doesn’t matter too much, but I wish Chris Pratt had gotten more of a chance to show off his roguish charm rather than just his steely-eyed gaze.
  • Overall, though, Jurassic World is a big, loud, fun dinosaur romp. I saw it in 3D, but I don’t think that’s necessary at all. Aside from making many of the vehicles look like toys, I don’t feel like it really added to the film. Whichever format you choose to watch it in, you’ll have a good time.

Notable Cast & Crew:

  • Chris Pratt
  • Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Irffan Khan
  • Jake Johnson

Recommended if You Like:

  • Big, dumb action movies
  • Dinosaurs
  • The Jurassic Park films, especially JPIII