Jurassic World (PG-13) ★★★ By Kathrine LeBlanc

The fourth installment of the series. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

“When something chases you RUN!.” A true blockbuster, Jurassic World takes the audience on a thrilling, visually captivating, and fun adventure. While at times Jurassic World is cheesy and predictable – take the main character, Claire, running from a giant dinosaur in heels – the film leaves you with a few surprises and does not fail to deliver on the high expectations set by Speilberg’s original Jurassic Park film.

Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, is the fourth installment of the series, and it will make you feel old to know that it’s been 22 years since the first film in 1993. When you first see the Park (Island) Isla Nublar it’s a beautiful overhead shot with the classic Welcome to Jurassic Park theme music by John Williams that brings you right back to the excitement and wonder of the first film when Spielberg could finally show us on-screen what dinosaurs looked like and they looked real!

The film tells a story of two young boys Nick and Zach Mitchell who are sent to visit their aunt Claire, a big wig at the highly corporate Jurassic World theme park. As soon as we meet Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard’s daughter), you get the sense that her and the Jurassic World corporation will do anything to please the board and increase sales; and in a plan to attract more visitors, the Jurassic World lab creates a giant, terrifying, 50-ft long genetic monster they call the Indominous Rex that has yet to be released to the public.

The corporate greed of the Jurassic World management we’ve met so far becomes balanced when we meet Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), the loveable, bad-ass, raptor trainer who may love his raptors more than his own mother. When the uncontrollable Indominous Rex inevitably escapes, it’s up to Owen to save the day and Claire’s nephews.

This time around, the dinosaur park is based on the notion of de-extinction where dinosaurs are genetically created in test tubes. The revamped park features dinosaur holograms, a sea-world sized water tank with water dinosaurs, and cool hamster ball go carts called ‘gyrospheres’ made of bullet proof glass that guests ride around in. We see so many species of dinosaurs in the film – from adorable mini Triceratops that four-year-olds ride on, to the giant Brachiosaurus herbivores, and, of course, the more dangerous Raptor varieties. It is thrilling to travel along with the movie into the Jurassic World park, and the cinematic birdseye and close up views captured in a 3D IMAX theater are an absolute must for the full experience.

Be sure to look for nods to the old Jurassic Park films peppered throughout the movie, and the seat shaking scene with the pterodactyls (flying dinosaurs). While the plot wasn’t full of too many twists and turns, there are a couple surprises at the end that will leave your jaw wide open.

Bottom-Line? Jurassic World is a must-see for any lover of the original Jurassic Park Series. It’s a fun watch, go see it in 3D IMAX.

Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, a Velociraptor expert, and trainer.
Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, the park’s operations manager.
Nick Robinson as Zach Mitchell, one of Claire’s nephews and the older brother of Gray.
Ty Simpkins as Gray Mitchell, one of Claire’s nephews and the younger brother of Zach.
Vincent D’Onofrio as Vic Hoskins, the head of security operations for InGen.
Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani, CEO of the Masrani Corporation and the owner of Jurassic World.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Screenplay was co-written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, and Colin Trevorrow.

Produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley.

Musical score composed by Michael Giacchino.

Universal Pictures

Run Time:
124 minutes

Kathrine LeBlanc © June 13, 2015