Friday, November 6, 2015

Jurassic World (2015)

Director: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Judy Greer, Lauren Lapkus, Brian Tee, Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley

22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, a new theme park called Jurassic World has taken over Isla Nubar, promising all sorts of attractions that John Hammond never dreamed of. The park's operations manager Claire (Howard) invites her nephews Zach (Robinson) and Gray (Simpkins) over but is too busy spend anytime with them, dealing with a new attraction, a genetically enhanced hybrid dinosaur. Meanwhile, the park's Velociraptor trainer, Owen (Pratt), is having disputes with head of security Vic (D'Onofrio) who believes the animals can be trained for military use.

You can see where this is all heading as, once again, the inevitable idiots let the dinosaurs escape and realise there's no security plan for when it happens, even though they are DINOSAURS, and everyone reacts like a complete moron. Trevorrow's in that new directors category of making one small independent feature and following it by helping relaunch a new franchise of films, which here is fantastically made but with too many unrealistic elements - like Howard running around the forest in high-heels.

Pratt's star quality is brought over from Guardians of the Galaxy, though he suits the mix well, but Howard once again gets swallowed in a role that doesn't offer her much. Wong is the only returning character from the series, though his role is likened to that of the melodramatic Victor Frankenstein. Johnson appeared in Trevorrow's previous film Safety Not Guaranteed, which is an ironic title. There's still fun to be had and the climatic battle is excitingly staged, but if future sequels apply they need to up their game.


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