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Movie Monday: Jurassic World

Monday, June 15, 2015

Jurassic World

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Genre: Science Fiction Adventure
Running time: 124 minutes
Released: 2015
Produced by Amblin Entertainment

Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it's up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.


The dinosaur amusement park that John Hammond dreamed of setting up has finally been created, and Jurassic World is a real spectacle. While the characters feel flat and the writing is nothing special, the film brings incredible scenery, great camerawork and visuals, and thrilling action. It does a great job of breathing life back into the Jurassic Park series.

The plot to Jurassic World is straightforward and predictable. People are growing tired of the regular dinosaurs, so Jurassic World has created a bigger and badder dinosaur through genetic mutations. Of course, everything goes wrong and the dinosaur gets loose. All hell breaks loose on the island with peoples’ lives hanging in the balance.

All of the prominent characters in the film were extremely stereotypical and flat. First, there are the classic brothers who don’t seem to get along too well but bond with each other while facing life-threatening situations. Their aunt is your typical career-focused adult that pushes the responsibility of her nephews onto her assistant, who is the stereotypical irresponsible babysitter that quickly loses track of the brothers while chatting on the phone. Plus, there is the greedy businessman who wants to exploit the dinosaurs. While some of the characters were likable, particularly the dino trainer played by Chris Pratt and the manager played by Bryce Dallas Howard, they were all very one-dimensional. There was little to no character development. I didn’t particularly feel invested in any of the characters.

While the characters don’t bring too much to the film, this is Jurassic World. We all watch it for the dinosaurs. The director did a great job with the action sequences, and the constant action keeps you busy enough to overlook the faults in the plot and characters. Jurassic World brings everything you’d expect from it. It’s bigger than its predecessors and provides plenty more dinosaurs, making for a great summer spectacle. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fun and thrilling film.

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