Jurassic World takes place 22-years after the events of the first movie in the Jurassic Park franchise. This time around, the island of Isla Nublar has been completely and successfully transformed into a functioning dinosaur amusement and attraction park. Think of it as a very wild and high-tech safari/zoo. But, as dinosaurs become less extinct and more common, humans become desensitized and eventually grow bored of the usual “attractions” on the island. In order to stay relevant, a new super-dino, dubbed the Indominus Rex, is genetically engineered to keep visitors coming back for more. However, these guys haven’t learned a thing from the first three movies and chaos erupts, endangering over 20 000 people’s lives.
This time around you’re sure to really feel for these ferocious reptiles and the effects of trying to play god are at the forefront of the movie once again. What is particularly clear is that it’s extremely difficult to override an animal’s natural instincts, especially for dinosaurs who are basically only driven to hunt, procreate and claim dominance. Jurassic World succeeds in showcasing just how powerful and dangerous dinosaurs probably were and portrays them to have been smart and cunning survivors as well as hunters. The food-chain matters and we’re at the bottom of it. Also, for the first time in the franchise you will get to experience what it would be like if humans and dinosaurs start to form bonds and spend extended periods of time together and what that relationship would entail. The movie highlights that we should know our place and what the dangers are for trying to defy the natural order of things.
There are some random story details and annoying plot holes and, as can be expected of a “Summer Blockbuster“, there are some seriously cringeworthy cheesy emotional moments. But the story-line and plot isn’t awful and you do start to root for the characters and for a happy ending. Sometimes it felt like a certain train of thought was just abandoned and we’re left with some unanswered questions about the story-line. At the same time there are also moments where you are likely to go “Well, what does that have to do with anything“, which makes the movie feel a little bit thrown together in terms of storyline. This isn’t anything new though, because what action and CGI-heavy movies usually lack in terms for storyline they make up for in action-packed moments and realistic CGI. The dinosaurs look, sound and move more realistically than ever before and they truly come alive.
Chris Pratt as Owen is for sure the star of this movie and delivers an amazing performance. He brings his usual humour and charm, but he captures the strength, respect and stability most rangers and animal-keepers possess. Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, Claire, is pretty bland, but she does her best with what she was given. The two kids, Zach (portrayed by Nick Robinson) and Gray (portrayed Ty Simpkins) are ok. Nick Robinson’s performance is a little all over the place and we aren’t really sure what the creators of Jurassic World were trying to achieve with the character. Simpkins’s performance was the better of the two, but it also lacked a bit of substance. The only character that returns from the previous movies is Dr. Henry Wu (portrayed by B.D. Wong). Dr. Wu is the chief genetic modifier at the lab that engineered and brought dinosaurs back to life. Unfortunately his character lacked a good back story and his involvement in the events that take place as well as whether he is to blame is unclear.
One thing’s for sure – Jurassic World is leaps and bounds better than the previous two sequels (The Lost World and Jurassic Park III). The new movie doesn’t even acknowledge that the events in the other two movies even ever took place, and is more of a direct sequel to the original Jurassic Park movie.
So the question does seem to be whether it’s just another popcorn blockbuster movie that everyone will forget about in a week’s time. The answer has is no. Jurassic World is the perfect reboot to an already popular franchise that is sure to delight fans and draw newbies. It seems that most people were in fact very keen to go watch the movie as it has become the movie with the biggest opening weekend in history, grossing over $500 million in its opening weekend.