Jurassic World

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I read fair-to-good reviews of Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, but judging by the size of the audience for an early screening, tonight, I believe this will be a very popular film. The story takes place 22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed. Scientists have genetically engineered a new breed of dinosaur, when suddenly everything goes wrong.

The plot in this film is not unusual. Many films have creatures of science — Frankenstein, for instance — that become a danger to their creators. And in Jurassic World such drama is exploited on a monumental scale.

It is true that convincing, hyperrealistic, creepy reptiles render mere humans powerless in both films (Speilberg’ Jurassic Park and Trevorrow’s production); but the current film comes off as more consciously political than the first one.  Spielberg’s film evoked a sense of wonder, seen through the eyes of children and somewhat well-meaning scientists who underestimate their creations.

In the second film, however,  Spielberg’s “innocent wonder” is gone and dinosaurs and science have become merchandise for a resort. Trouble emerges in corporate complacency  embodied mainly in the executive manager of the resort, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and  a defense contractor with ulterior motives, Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio). The one sole voice of conscience (and sanity) is Chris Pratt’s character, Owen, who appears to be a veteran of military special forces, who humanizes the story. Telling more would set off a spoiler alert.

The Second Jurassic film is so different from the first that I believe many viewers won’t be disappointed, but there will be a striking difference between the two. The tremendous visuals and CGI dinosaurs (and their “acting”) is worth the price of admission. Get your tickets early!

Check it out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369610/