Jurassic World is one of the top action-packed movie experiences I have been to lately. It’s part action, part disaster and part science fiction film. This movie, produced by Steven Spielberg as another installment of the Jurassic franchise, is startling in its special effects. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson.
The Jurassic World theme park features fully functioning dinosaurs in their natural habitat. While their attendance at the park is declining, the owner commissions a new dinosaur attraction called Indominus Rex. The Indominus Rex is a genetically engineered dinosaur that has many attributes from other species. It was designed to put the WOW back into Jurassic World.
The story concerns two brothers, Gray and Zack, who go to Jurassic World to visit their Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works at the park. When the boys are touring the park, they go off-road just at the time when the Indominus Rex breaks out of his habitat. The boys do not listen to the emergency announcement telling the visitors to return to the main building. Claire gets anxious about her nephews so she enlists the aid of the head animal trainer, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), to help her save the boys. Meanwhile, the head of security for InGen, Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), is trying to use the Indominus Rex and other fearsome dinosaurs at the park as weapons for the military.
The special effects in Jurassic World are really amazing. The dinosaurs look totally real. It must have taken a lot of time and money to create such realistic effects. Especially in IMAX, all the special effects really pop.
My favorite part of the film is when Owen Grady “clicker” trains the velociraptors. It’s so cool how they respond to him. They look so real!
The film is also gently humorous. There aren’t that many funny scenes, but when there is a funny scene, it’s well played.
The moral of the film is how important family is, especially the bond between brothers. Also, Jurassic World shows the danger of tampering with mother nature.
Jurassic World is typical of the genre of big disaster movies with a lot of cliché elements. Being a sequel, the film isn’t that unique story wise. The acting is serviceable. Some of the reactions aren’t believable in terms of the scare factor of Jurassic World.
I think Jurassic World is appropriate for ages 13 to 18, being a kid myself. It is surprisingly gory and scary, so parents should accompany younger kids. The film may not be appropriate for all kids under 13.
I give the film 5 out of 5 stars.
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