JURASSIC WORLD (USA/12A/124mins)
Directed by Colin Trevorrow. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D’Onofrio.

CRITICS REVIEW 1
By Paul Byrne

THE PLOT: Little dinosaur-loving tyke Gray (Simpkins) and cool teen brother Zach (Robinson) are being packed off by mum (Greer) and dad (Buckley) to spend some time with their somewhat estranged aunt Claire (Dallas-Howard) – who just happens to manage Jurassic World, the sprawling dinosaur resort out in Costa Rica that attracts 20,000 visitors a day. The numbers have been down, and Claire is keen to impress Jurassic World’s fun-loving owner, Masrami (Khan) – and so, she’s greenlit a new bigger, better, stronger, more vicious dinosaur. It’s a recipe for disaster, as far as dinosaur whisperer Owen (Pratt) is concerned, and when the big brute escapes, he’s quickly proved right. Still, at least nasty mercenary Hoskins (D’Onofrio) may finally be able to unleash his killer raptors…

THE VERDICT: It’s been 14 years, but it looks, and feels, and sounds like it’s still the 1990s with this somewhat join-the-dots Jurassic Park sequel. From the Spielberg family (hey, mum and dad are getting divorced!) to… well, just about everything here. Even all the evil GMO shenanigans seems dated, with the only noticeable concession to the 21st century seems to be crappy mobile phone coverage.

Thankfully, all the creaky old conventions and standard-issue character types fade somewhat in the second hour, as the chasing, bonding and heavy breathing just two feet away really kick in. You know from the start that stuck-up, Wintour-wigged Dallas-Howard and sensitive hunk Pratt will take the screwball comedy path to that kiss, that generation-gap, chalk-and-cheese brothers Gray and Zach will go on an emotional journey together, that Goodzilla will beat the shit out of Badzilla, and that fatso Vincent D’Onofrio will die a gloriously horrible death. That director Colin Trevorrow (hands up who thinks he had any real power making this movie?) and his regular screenwriting partner Derek Connolly (they made 2012’s so-so Safety Not Guaranteed) pull it all together in the second half, and delivers a movie that should thrill your average 12-year-old boy, deserves some kind of pat on the back. Hardcore fans of the franchise may, of course, prefer to slap him across the back of the head.
RATING: 3/5

Review by Paul Byrne

 

 

CRITICS REVIEW 2
by Brogen Hayes

THE PLOT: 20 years after the disastrous events of JURASSIC PARK, the park is finally open to the public, but the public are growing weary – ‘No-one’s impressed by a dinosaur any more’ complains park operations manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). To rejuvenate interest in the park, the team have genetically engineered a dinosaur to be bigger louder and with more teeth, but the team soon learn that they have created an intelligent killing machine bent on staying at the top of the food chain.
THE VERDICT: Blockbuster season is on us again; with Mad Max: Fury Road barely in our rear view mirror, JURASSIC WORLD roars into cinemas this week, bringing with it a healthy dollop of nostalgia, some new thrills and a bigger, scarier monster.
Bryce Dallas Howard leads the show as Claire, a control freak who sees the park an enterprise, seemingly forgetting that the creatures on Isla Neblar are living, breathing animals. Much like Richard Hammond – RIP – she wears white throughout the film, her wardrobe dishevelling as she becomes more and more of a bad ass. Chris Pratt plays Owen; a former Marine who was brought into try and train the Raptors. Pratt is as wild as Howard is tame and, for the first half of the film, behaves like a typical misogynist. Thankfully this mellows as the film goes on. The kids in peril – there always have to be kids in peril – are played by Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson, Vincent D’Onofrio turns up as a character rather similar to the ill-fated Nedry and BD Wong returns as Dr Wu.

The story, written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow, is really remarkably similar to that of Jurassic Park, only this time the park is open. The dialogue, sad to say, is filled with exposition and is rather clunky, but there are plenty of callbacks to the original for the fans in the audience, but even these become too much after a while. The relationship between Howard and Pratt’s characters is troubling to begin with – misogyny flies across the screen whenever they are together – but as the peril becomes more perilous, this evens out, with Howard getting her moment of glory in the end. Why she kept her heels on for the entire film is beyond explanation though. As well as this, there often feels like there is a little too much going on in Jurassic World, with the threads of story not always fitting together well, too much set up and exposition and a rather silly subplot turning up every now and again. That said, there are plenty of giggles to be had, and a couple of conventions get, if not quite turned on their head, then gently angled in a different direction.

It’s hard to imagine how director Colin Trevorrow made the journey from SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED to JURASSIC WORLD, and although he manages his job competently for the most part, there is very little evidence on screen that the film was not directed by Speilbergbot 3000 or similar. The dinosaurs suffer slightly through the overuse of CGI – one of the things that made the original film feel tangible and real was the use of animatronics – and as per usual, the 3D does little for the film as a whole.

In all, JURASSIC WORLD struggles under the weight of expectation from the original film, but there is plenty of fun to be had with the film. The dinosaurs are bigger and cooler, there are enough – although sometimes too many – callbacks to the original to make the film feel like part of the Jurassic Park universe and the final set piece is as big, silly and nostalgic as you could hope.

RATING: 3.5/5
Review by Brogen Hayes

 

Jurassic World
Review by Brogen Hayes
3.5Sequel finds a way
  • filmbuff2011

    2001’s Jurassic Park III left a lot to be desired and the dinosaur franchise seemed as dead as a dodo for some time. Then there was talk about Jurassic Park IV for a number of years. After a long gestation period, that film has finally hatched in the form of Jurassic World. Like its new setting, this is a film which pays homage to Steven Spielberg’s 1992 rollercoaster ride, while taking it in an exciting new direction. John Hammond’s dream of a fully-functioning dinosaur theme park have finally been realised. With new management in place, Jurassic Park has been reborn as Jurassic World. Teenagers Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson) are sent off to Isla Nubar for a Christmas holiday with their aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who also happens to be the theme park’s manager. Claire has her hands full though. She’s holding InGen security manager Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) at bay – since he wants to try breeding dinosaurs for military purposes. This is where Grady (Chris Pratt) comes in, given that he’s currently training a group of four velociraptors to be allies rather than enemies. Uneasy ones at that. In another part of the island, Claire has developed a lab-grown super dinosaur called Indominus Rex to thrill audiences. But in true Jurassic Park fashion, it can’t be controlled and escapes from its containment unit. Wreaking havoc and heading towards the tourists, Grady and Claire team up to take the Indominus Rex down… Jurassic World is a fun popcorn film that moves like a bullet and doesn’t disappoint. What it lacks in wonder and amazement from the first film, it makes up for with thrilling set-pieces. There’s a stand-out, initially unlikely scene in which Grady is on a motorbike side by side with the raptors. But if you think that the vicious, chainsaw-like raptors have gone soft, think again. Bringing his easy, roguish charm to the role, it’s now not unimaginable to see Pratt pick up Indiana Jones’ fedora. Howard, making her character look flustered and out of her depth in the jungle rather than the boardroom, makes a strong counter-part. There’s a danger that a film like this could end up like Jaws III, given the plot similarities. However, Jurassic World is leagues ahead. Director Colin Trevorrow jumps from his debut gem Safety Not Guaranteed to the Hollywood big league with confidence, orchestrating the onscreen chaos with a cheeky sense of glee. Expect characters to be eaten in spectacular fashion. The advances in computer animation since 2001 make the world of dinosaurs even more realistic and engaging. It’s a rollercoaster ride that leaves you breathless and wanting more. Jurassic World is certainly the best sequel in this franchise so far and further instalments would be most welcome. ****

  • Joseph McCarthy

    Twenty years after the first park opened, inGen have expanded John Hammond’s original idea to an island-spanning theme park. While on the surface, this is a retread of the original plot – kids in a theme park that breaks down – there’s a new threat to deal with in the form of a genetically modified super intelligent dinosaur.
    What sets this film apart from its predecessors is the previous villains – the raptors – are now heroes, sort of. They’re trained by and respond to Chris Pratt’s ex-navy animal expert, and are primed for recruitment by the army by Vincent D’Onofrio.
    Some dodgy dialogue aside, this is as close as the franchise has come to the spirit of the original.

  • emerb

    Director Colin Trevorrow brings us “Jurassic World”, comfortably the best movie in the Jurassic Park franchise since the Steven Spielberg original. It is loyal to the original but isn’t just a lazy copy, it manages to feel fresh and thrilling, introducing much new material, imaginative twists and setting the scene nicely for
    future sequels. The overall result is an exciting, effective and very satisfying
    cinematic experience that will certainly please blockbuster enthusiasts.

    Set on the same island near Costa Rica that was home to Jurassic Park, the movie picks up some 20 years after the events of the first movie. “Jurassic World” is now a flourishing and monstrous state-of-the-art theme park and luxury resort that has been thriving successfully for ten years and welcomes over 20,000 visitors daily. The dream Hammond envisioned has become reality as the park is a fully operational family-friendly destination. However, people are getting bored, the wow factor is waning, park attendance and membership has plateaued. Park organizers, led by the no-nonsense exec Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) are anxious to enhance consumer satisfaction and make more money.

    Led by Dr. Wu (B.D. Wong, the only returning member of the original Jurassic Park series), the park’s in-house geneticists are innovating a new future – genetically modified dinosaurs. Their creation, the Indominus Rex, is a 50ft behemoth, extremely dangerous, highly intelligent and cunning hybrid dinosaur. Chris Pratt plays Owen Grady, an animal behaviorist and former marine who works with sinister military consultant Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio). When he hears about their creation, he warns them of the big mistake – the I-Rex is unpredictable and not ready, but nobody listens. Meanwhile, sulky teen Zach (Nick Robinson) and his annoying little brother Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins), the nephews of Dearing who haven’t seen her in seven years, have come to spend quality time with their workaholic aunt.

    We then follow the story of self-absorbed careerist Claire, her park and her scientists—including the mastermind of it all – the eccentric and flamboyant entrepreneur CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), the trainer Owen and the two boys wandering around “Jurassic World” unaware of the chaos that’s about to ensue. Inevitably, the resourceful and unpredictable Indominus Rex has broken free of its impenetrable pen and has gone rogue. The 2 boys get separated from the pack just at the wrong moment – I-Rex is on the loose and hungry!

    Howard is great as Claire, who goes from successful, uptight and controlling career woman to action hero. She starts off unsmiling, rigid and cold but her protective instincts come to the fore when her nephews are placed in life-threatening danger and I liked watching her transformation. Vincent D’Onofrio has good fun as Hoskins, the military strategist. I confess to being a big Chris Pratt fan and I thought he was perfect as Owen and has great chemistry with Claire. He is extremely likeable, easygoing and relaxed.

    I think it’s fair to say that “Jurassic World” delivers as a super summer blockbuster – it is thrilling, suspenseful, scary, and exciting. It also helps that you care about the characters – they are given an emotional background which you can connect with. Admittedly, they are not multi-layered characters but yet they aren’t one dimensional either and each actor plays the part with enthusiasm and vigour. There are some bone-crunchingly intense, violent and roaring action sequences that will have you gripping your seat. I liked the few nice gags and laughs which are interspersed throughout and work to lift the film in just the right spots. The special effects are awesome too. On a deeper level, the movie also touches on issues such as the boundaries of science, corporate greed and the cost of treating animals as mere assets….food for thought.

    I recommend that you go and see “Jurassic World”. Impressively directed, it is a worthy successor to Steven Spielberg’s multi-million franchise. I thought it was pure fun, thrilling, consistently engaging and entertaining. The excitement never
    lets up, there are many scream-out loud moments and I have no doubt that this summer spectacle will make an impact and go on to be a global success. In that respect, “Jurassic World” accomplishes exactly what it set out to do.

  • After the huge plot hole at the start I lost all love for this movie. Too much time is spent on the brooding older brother looking at teenage girls ( I know I’m not the intended audience ) But it gets real stale real quick.
    They should have spent a lot more time developing the park, You get a hint at what the park consists of, But only get to see a few of the attractions, Big fish tanks, Roaming dinos ( That we have already seen in JP) and the obligatory T-Rex enclosure.
    The very thin plot of the absent aunt and divorcing parents added nothing.
    The moronic park owner? I wouldn’t let him in charge of a doggy corner of a pet shop.
    The Military and Scientists were just Dino fodder, Waisted story lines.
    It should have been better .
    I like My big blockbusters, I want to be amazed, I wasn’t.

    2.5 out of 5 is being generous.

    And that huge plot hole at the start??? Spoiler >>>>>>>>

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    Why in gods name did they not just look at the security Tapes of the enclosure to see how and if Gigantor (I know that’s not it’s name ) Got out?

  • Martin

    Does its best to recreate the magic of the original jurassic park but it’s never going to come near to that. A good try though. Plenty of silly o er the top sequences that are very cheesy to boot but this is a popcorn flick where you can leave your brain at home for two hours and just enjoy it for what it is.