The first Jurassic Park outing was 22 years ago. It offered incredible special effects and great action and made us believe dinosaurs we no longer extinct. Suddenly dinosaurs were no longer for little boys, archeologists and palaeontologists, they were for the masses, and boy did we want a Jurassic Park…just with out all the killing. Then came The Lost World: Jurassic Parkin 1997, followed by Jurassic Park III in 2001.
But for 14 years, we’ve be dino-park-less. Until now. Set years after the original park, this new cast lead by Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) , who I didn’t realise until now how much she and Jessica Chastain look alike. She plays Claire, the manager of the park. In a bid to draw in new visitors to the park, she works with the lab team to create a new dinosaur, bigger and badder than a T-Rex, with a sponsor onboard, they are ready to open this new attraction to the public.
After presenting the dinosaur to Simon Masrani played by Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), the new owner of the park after John Hammond’s death, Claire must ask velociraptor keeper Owen, played by Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), who is ex-Navy and has built a bond with his dinosaurs that he has them trained off a clicker, to check out the enclosure to ensure it is as safe as possible for the public.
But after the Indominus Rex (apparently they needed an easy to say name for kids) escapes, putting the lives of all the visitors at risk (and Claire’s nephews who came to visit), they must do all they can to destroy the Rex before she destroys them.
First off, comparing this film to the others, the special effects have greatly approved with time, as you would expect. The film is action packed, and i certainly jumped a few times. The chemistry between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard worked perfectly for the film. But, the plot of the film just seemed a little lost. A nice idea about creating a new dinosaur, but how they go about hunting it just seemed a little far fetched.
And what about the escaped flying Pteranodon? No one seemed that fussed that the dinosaurs that can actually leave the island are on the loose, they seem more focused on a giant dinosaur that is loose on an island that they have just evacuated. But perhaps this is the setting for the next film…if there is one?
This is some great family entertainment, but if you were looking for something a little more deep you might be disappointed.
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Great action, often a little far fetched