Movie Review: Jurassic World (2015)

Synopsis: Two decades after the deadly failure of Jurassic Park, a new park, Jurassic World, is up and running and attracting thousands of guests. In an effort to keep the park profitable, the park's scientists genetically engineer a brand new breed of dinosaur that is a hybrid of other species. However, when the super-intelligent Indominus rex escapes, the lives of the park's workers and guests are in danger.

Who's in it? The movie stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson.

Review: This movie has been out for a while but, even though it had decent reviews, I was a little hesitant to watch it. This is mostly because, while I loved Jurassic Park, I wasn't overly impressed with the sequels. And, as a result of that, I had some serious doubts about this 4th installment.

My wife and I wound up finally watching the movie last night, however, and, after seeing it, I have to admit I was much more impressed with it than I thought I would be. I still think the original Jurassic Park was the better movie. But, this movie had some things going for it as well.

For one, I like how the movie gave the dinosaurs some personality. The four Velociraptors that  were featured were, at times, almost pet like and I was admittedly somewhat intrigued by the idea of dinosaurs that were smart enough to be trained but, at the same time, were still primitive enough to be a threat to the person who was trying to control them. This added something to the movie when they (predictably) were drafted to help stop the Indominus rex.

Giving the dinosaurs some personality also allowed the movie to cause a wide range of emotions while watching it. On one hand, we wanted to see the heroes escape unharmed. But, at the same time, it was equally painful to watch the dinosaurs (even the hybrid Indominus) when they were hurt or killed. They were, after all, living things. They didn't ask to be an amusement park attraction.

I also found I liked how the movie managed to pay tribute to the first film. When I first saw the previews for this, I wasn't sure if it was a sequel or a reboot and seeing the characters referencing and even visiting parts of the original park did make it easier for me to respect this installment, even without any of the original characters (other than Wong's Dr. Wu).

Final Opinion: I had doubts about this film. But, it turned out to be better than I expected and I'll probably watch the next sequel as a result.

My Grade: A


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