“The key to a happy life is to accept you are never in control,” Simon Masrani. This is a lesson the people in the movie learn the hard way. Man is not in control of nature, and like Dr. Malcolm says in Jurassic Park, “nature will find it’s own way.”
Jurassic World is more of a re-tread of Jurassic Park rather than a direct sequel. I am a massive fan of the original movie and book, and so I waited with bated breath to catch this in the theaters, no less than an Imax one!
In short, I came out a very happy person, having enjoyed this movie for taking me into a rip-roaring, thrilling adventurous ride into Jurassic World! Just like one of the characters says in the movie, “we want to be thrilled! and boy, thrilled I was.
Jurassic World is now a full-fledged theme park, where people can kayak with the dinosaurs, children can pet baby dinosaurs, guests can watch mosophorous, a sea dinosaur, in a Sea World style water show. Guests come to the island on ships, where monorails takes them to the main theme park area. The park is looked after Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard, who runs, jumps and kills dinosaurs all in high heels!), whose sole interest is to bring in more people to raise up the revenues. Supporting her is Simon Masrani (Irfan Khan, with a funny English accent), who is the park’s owner with a penchant to fly helicopters. Both Claire and Simon are excited about the new dinosaur the scientists at the park have created, the Indominus Rex, to bring in more guests.
Zach and Gray are Claire’s nephews who come visit their aunt at the island. Through the eyes of the nephews, we get to see the awesome park in all it’s glory, and I must say it’s a park so amazing it made me want to go immediately. It so happens that the Indominus Rex manages to escape its cage and is let loose on the island. In steps Owen Grady (Chris Pratt playing an Indiana Jones style character) who has a way with dinosaurs and works on the park. With the nephews lost on the island, Claire and Owen seek out to save them.
What follows is pretty predictable: kids lost and scared, aunt and hero on the rescue, dinosaurs attack, theme park visitors are in danger, more dinosaurs are let loose, people die, battles ensues culminating in a grand finale that we can all see coming.
While it may seem all too familiar to Jurassic Park, Jurassic World ups the ante 20 times. Witness the scene where the birds attack, which is like HItchcock’s The Birds on steroids. Check out the scene where the nephews get into this awesome car to roam the island in in one of my favorite scene.
Indominus Rex is bigger and stronger than the T Rex, creating large scale destruction. It does take about 20 minutes into the movie before we see the dinosaurs, but once the action begins, it’s a whole lot of fun.
Yes, the story may be familiar, but Jurassic World is that perfect summer blockbuster movie that brings out the inner child in us, taking us to that place where we hold Jurassic Park close to our hearts. Do watch it at the Imax if you can to truly enjoy the movie.
3.5 out of 5
Watch out the cheeky references to the original Jurassic Park (the t-shirt, the old visitor center, John Hammond etc) including one obvious reference to Spielberg’s Jaws.