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Published June 26th 2015
Mega fun but no science in this blockbuster
Have you been wondering if the film Jurassic World lives up to all the hype? Having seen all the teasers and trailers in the lead up to the latest blockbuster in this popular franchise, and being a fan of the original book and movie, I couldn't wait to see the film and decide for myself.
The park is finally open! (Image credit: Universal Studios)
We were first introduced to the fledgling Jurassic Park in 1993, a safari-style dinosaur theme park, yet to be opened to the public. Twenty three years later we are transported to Jurassic World, an updated and thriving theme park which has been operating for around 10 years on the original site of Isla Nublar in Costa Rica. No expense has been spared and the park now includes 5 star resort accommodation, restaurants catering for "herbivores, omnivores and carnivores", a spa and fitness centre, tennis courts, golf course and the ubiquitous kids club.
Get up close to the dinosaurs as you kayak down the river (Image credit: Universal Studios)
At the beginning of the film we are briefly introduced to brothers, Zach and Gray, who are heading to Jurassic World to spend the weekend with their Aunt Claire, who also happens to be the Park Operations Manager. We don't know much about the boys except that their parents appear to have a strained relationship. However there is no lingering over the back story and it is literally only minutes until the audience is thrust in to the Disneyland-styled Main Street of Jurassic World.
In the new and improved park there are many ways for visitors to interact with the dinosaur attractions. There is a monorail around the park, a kayaking adventure called the Cretaceous Cruise, a "Gentle Giants Petting Zoo" where young children can hand feed, touch and even have a ride on baby dinosaurs. For thrill seekers there are the awesome-looking gyrospheres, self-propelled glass spheres that can roam free in a valley of dinosaurs, which are controlled by the riders sitting inside them.
Who wouldn't want to ride in a Gyrosphere? (Image credit: Universal Studios)
As with any theme park or zoo, there are animal feeding demonstrations such as the spectacular Mosasaurus feeding show which has the audience sitting in a stadium, Sea World style, to watch as a great white shark is fed to the massive marine reptile. Visitors are warned to "pack a poncho" as this feeding show is one "big splash zone".
Be prepared to get wet at the Mosasaurus feeding show (Image credit: Universal Studios)
Despite the array of attractions and experiences on offer, we are told the dinosaurs are no longer enough to keep visitor numbers up and that the park needs to be constantly innovating and unveiling new attractions. The solution to this problem, according to the owner of the park, is genetic modification, in the form of a new dinosaur called Indominus Rex. Engineered in the lab to be bigger, scarier and with "more teeth" than the regular dinosaurs, this monster certainly has the "wow factor". However there are also some surprises in store for the scientists who have once again gotten more than they bargained for.
Jurassic World is a fun popcorn movie. If you are thinking of taking your kids, I can tell you that there is minimal swearing in this movie. The violence, blood and guts is to be expected but I would say that it is not any worse than what we saw in Jurassic Park. If you are going to see the movie with a sense of nostalgia or to see the magnificent theme park finally in action, then you won't be disappointed. There are also a few fun references back to the original movie. At 125 minutes long the action isn't too drawn out.
However if you are expecting to watch a movie with an in depth plot or are interested to learn the science behind the dinosaurs then I would suggest this movie is not for you. There is very little scientific fact or explanation in this movie. Similarly it includes very little in the way of a story or message. The plot is entirely predictable. I don't think you need a spoiler alert to know that the bad guys get eaten and most of the good guys survive. Yet I can forgive this predictability due to the fact that it is a thoroughly enjoyable and spectacular blockbuster.
Chris Pratt as Owen the Velociraptor trainer (Image credit: Universal Studios)
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are likeable in the main roles of Velociraptor trainer and Park Operations Manager respectively.
But this movie it is not about the actors, nor the plot. It is about the magnificent theme park and ultimately the star attractions, the dinosaurs. I think it is definitely worth seeing on the big screen.