It’s been 22 years since the disaster at Jurassic Park. Back then it was just about getting approval for the park to be opened up to the public. It was Dr. Hammond trying to show Dr. Grant, Dr. Sattler and Dr. Malcom that what he created was safe enough for the public. He was so sure of himself, that he brought his grand-kids along for the trip. Spoiler alert – that didn’t turn out so well. The T-Rex got loose and all hell broke loose and then came the 2nd and 3rd movies (both part of all hell breaking lose). Fans have been clamoring for a new Jurassic movie and finally, Jurassic World is here.
After all this time, we finally get to see a fully operational dinosaur theme park. Jurassic World has come to fruition thanks to Masrani (Irrfan Khan), one of the richest men in the world and is located on Isla Nublar (near Costa Rica). There is a reminder at the very beginning of the film that this is not just about the dinosaurs, but just like any business it is about turning a profit. We are introduced to Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who is the manager of Jurassic World. She is talking numbers and the performance of the theme park as Masrani takes them on a helicopter ride to go see their newest dinosaur creation. Masrani doesn’t seem too concerned with the money side of things, but just wants to know that the visitors are having fun and that the dinosaurs are happy.
As Claire is dealing with the boss, she is also dealing with her sisters kids. She hasn’t seen them in a long time and it doesn’t seem as though she even cares – she doesn’t even know how old they are. She passes them off to her assistant so that she can handle her business at the park. The younger of the two nephews, Gray (Ty Simpkins) is really excited about the trip while the older of the two, Zach (Nick Robinson) seems to be bored and uninterested. Trust me that feeling will not last for long. In order to liven things up a bit, they decide to ditch the assistant and run off on their own throughout the park.
Now, we move on to the star of our show. No, not the dinosaurs, but our good friend Owen (Chris Pratt). Owen is the head trainer of the velociraptors. It is amazing what he has been able to do with them. He has trained them to listen to commands and that bond is tested very early on. One of his helpers falls into the pit and Owen actually has to go in after him. It is as if he has simplified the training and really should have his own show called “The Dinosaur Whisperer”. He also has apparently tried his hand at “Jurassic World Manager Whisperer”, but wasn’t quite as successful.
When Claire takes Owen to show him the new dinosaur, they notice claw marks going up the side of the wall and they fear that it has escaped. Come on, did you really think that this was going to be a problem-free dino theme park?? The dinosaur just happens to be a mutated dinosaur. The lab has combined several strands of DNA to create this new breed. Dr. Wu (BD Wong) is the lead doctor in the lab and Masrani has told him that he wants more teeth and newer dinosaurs and the doctor took it to heart and now 20,000 people and a ton of dinosaurs could be in danger. Add to the mix that Claire’s nephews are now nowhere to be found and could be dino-bait at any time. No, things are not getting any better. I don’t do many spoilers in my reviews, so I will let you imagine the hell that breaks loose throughout the park now that this mutant dinosaur is out there on its own. Oh and by the way, nobody is told about what species it has been mixed with and this bad boy can camouflage itself. So, it might be 50ft tall and all, but you might not be able to see it. Oh, joy.
Jurassic World is an exciting trip back in time for those of us that are fans of the original. It has some outstanding dinosaur scenes and the ending is amazing. Every dino scene will have you at the edge of your seat. Yes, there are some plot flaws and there is some cheesy writing involved, but this is a movie about dinosaurs – there has to be a plot flaw or two. The easy thing would be to say “after what happened 22 years ago, why would anyone go to a dinosaur theme park”? Well, I would not go anywhere near it, but I’m not in a movie with a budget of $150 million. The actors all did a fine job and Chris Pratt was his usual self. Jurassic World is another one of those “critic-proof” movies. No matter what I say in my review or what I give this movie in my final word (down below) if you had any plans to see this before, you are still going to do so. There are some scenes that may be too much for the little ones, so put some thought into it before bringing them along. All that being said, go see Jurassic World. I don’t see how you could be disappointed!