Friday, June 19, 2015

Review: Jurassic World (2015)

I think it's safe to say that sequels are in good supply this year. Much like "Mad Max Fury Road", this long awaited third sequel in the controversial Jurassic Park franchise is one many of us thought would never arrive. Twenty-two years after Steven Spielberg's ground breaking original, we arrive at Jurassic World; the now fully realised prehistoric theme park envisioned by entrepreneur John Hammond. However after ten years of operating, the public interest in dinosaurs has dwindled, resulting in a decline of visitor attendance. To curve this alarming statistic and to entice new interest, the powers that be have created a new live attraction which is drastically different from it's dinosaur counterparts. It isn't long before it's escape following in subsequent chaos and carnage. 

It's been a week since I saw "Jurassic World" and already it feels like a distant memory. The only parts that are still jumping out at me are the array of impressive action sequences; which apart from that, the film sadly has little else going for it. Visual effects comprise of a mixture of animatronics and CGI. It's an unbalanced mixture in comparison to "Jurassic Park", however the variety of dinosaur are brought to life in spectacular fashion.
The level of detail is staggering and it's encouraging to see that the skilful art of animatronics isn't dead. Due to some technical difficulties my viewing of the film was upgraded to 3D, which unfortunately did little to enhance the overall picture, but I'm sure younger audiences will get a good amount of enjoyment from the effect. The plot is about as predictable as you can get and while some characters do echo sentiments from the original film, I found them for the most part uninteresting. Although to be fair, the film's two stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard do a decent job performance-wise. 

If you're wanting to get away for a couple of hours and not wanting to think a great deal, then I say "Jurassic World" is for you. Despite the shortcomings, there's nods to the original and plenty of fun to be had.  

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