Sunday, March 13, 2016

Movie review: Jurassic World

Some twenty years after Jurassic Park, a new theme park is built on the original site promising even greater attractions. Jurassic World is a hit but like all entertainment, the constant push for more leads to the creation of more dangerous and hard to control attractions.

Chris Pratt (Owen), Bryce Howard (Claire), Irrfan Khan (Masrani), Vincent D'Onofrio (Hoskins), Ty Simpkins (Gray), Nick Robinson (Zach), Jake Johnson (Lowery), Omar Sy (Barry), BD Wong (Dr. Wu), Judy Greer (Karen).

Jurassic Park was a hit, and a disaster, and as usual with time all has been forgotten. Now a new park has been built; Jurassic World. But the push for more exciting attractions leads to the creation of new dinosaurs and Jurassic World soon loses control of their newest nasty creation. With the park located on an island, the horde of tourists at the park struggle to stay alive long enough to escape.

Acting was surprisingly enjoyable in this 4th installment of the franchise. Pratt presented nicely and seemed to work with others well. Howard was pretty good and shows good potential. Khan was a nice fit and delivered well. D'Onofrio delivered his usual in a role that fit him well. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid and enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with nice detail and depth that fit the film very nicely. CGI was king here though, being heavily used throughout the film and quite well done. Action scenes were pretty intense with good detail and a solid impression. Dialogue was okay though some plot points were not made very well. Sound and soundtrack were good.

Overall this is a decent extension of the franchise. The storyline continues much in the theme of the original which is nice however, the violence and gore in this one was a bit surprising. Some minor parallel plot lines keep things interesting while the action moves the film along at a good pace.

While this may be a good choice for family movie night as the film is entertaining for both adults and younger viewers, carefully consider this one for younger viewers due to the violence and gore. With some mild sexuality along with the violence and gore, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 2.28.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action Sci-Fi, Action & Adventure

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