Jurassic World opens twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, when the late John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough, Jurassic Park) vision of a fully functioning dinosaur amusement park on Isla Nublar is finally in operation. But with continually trying to keep corporate investors happy and customers losing interest in many of the park’s attractions; the scientists use genetic manipulation and create a new dinosaur – the Indominus Rex. Quickly enough, the dinosaur escapes its captivity and is running rampant through the park, eventually heading to the thousands of unknowing customers.
The film’s leads Bryce Dallas Howard (a stereotypical business manager who’s always authoritative) along with Chris Pratt (a clever, courageous, humorous Velociraptor trainer) are tasked to take down the creature. This is where the film falls flat, with its characters. The actors are fine in their performances, but they are clichéd and seen many times before. Even Claire’s nephews portrayed by Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey) are good in their respective roles, but it wasn’t groundbreaking as the kids in the original Jurassic Park. Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) has a more prominent role as the owner of Jurassic World, although a tad eccentric makes a mark in the film.
Director Colin Trevorrow maintains a steady momentum as the story unfolds and uses various camera angles and shots to add a sense of intrigue, thrill and awe throughout the film. The CGI and practical effects are cutting edge and the sequences with the dinosaurs look majestic. This works well for the plot since the Indominus Rex is a ruthless predator, a scary killing machine that will have viewers jumping in their seat. The scenes with the Raptors are fantastic and definitely charming.
Jurassic World is a surefire summer blockbuster – epic, loud and a thrilling rollercoaster ride. The audience is given exactly what they paid for, a spectacle of dinosaurs that is scary as well as exciting. The characters were alright and the actor’s performances were noble enough to have viewers rooting for them. The film does not capture the same charm as Steven Spielberg’s original, but for the casual moviegoer it definitely delivers the experience.