Jurassic World is the 2015 reboot of the beloved Jurassic Park franchise, where we saw a select team of entrepreneurs and scientists are able to create life out of old strands of DNA mined from fossils to make real live dinosaurs. Jurassic World picks up slightly more in the future, in a world where people have become desensitized to viewing dinosaurs. But hat doesn’t mean that they’re not still coming to Jurassic World in droves.
Jurassic World’s cast mainly consists of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and the two boys who play brothers visiting the park(Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson). Bryce is “Aunt Claire”, the beautiful and business minded operations manager of the park. Chris Pratt is velociraptor trainer Owen Grady. The boys– Zach and Gray Mitchell– are just visiting. The younger one is so excited to see the park, but the older one is over it, distracted by the impending divorce of his parents as well as teenage girls. He’s older, and the last thing he has time for are childish enthusiasm about attending Jurassic World, where there’s a Starbucks on every corner.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World is big, right out the gate. When you see the park in its entirety, you can’t help but get a little excited. Especially in 3D, it looks like a park that you’re actually going to visit vicariously, and a thrill runs through you. It is very clear that Jurassic World knows it’s a blockbuster movie and has been filmed accordingly.
Jurassic World is set 22 years after the creation and collapse of the original Jurassic Park. It’s even in the same place– the mysterious Isla Nubar. Jurassic World is successful, well-oiled machine that has been operating for ten years without a hitch. Jurassic World will not fail like Jurassic Park did; its whole existence depends on it. Where they failed in the past, Jurassic World will succeed.
Written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, and Colin Trevorrow, the movie makes sure to point out how sure Claire is that similar events will not happen this time. Then, of course, they make them happen.
The movie wastes no time getting into the new dinosaur that’s been specially designed– the Indomitus Rex. It’s essentially a super-dino that was created to bring new visitors to the park and re-energize the interest of the public. It’s a recipe for disaster– particularly because its inception is more motivated by profit than it is for seeing potential issues that might arise from breeding a super dino like that. Did I mention it’s half T-Rex DNA?
Upon inspecting Indomitus’s pen later, Owen thinks the dino has escaped. He warns Claire that a dinosaur like this isn’t socialized. It’s a loner. They figure out that the claw marks were a decoy– the dinosaur is still in the cage. The nice scientists also spliced in fun genes from other animals, like camoflauge and thermal detection! Claire and Owen escape, and the panic starts. Crowds run crazy because there’s a huge dinosaur on the loose. Chaos breaks out. Meanwhile, the two boys are off-roading in their Jimmy Fallon-guided tourism bubble… right in the path of the newly freed predator.
Events continue, and of course, the biggest problem is a combination of survival and how to take out the Indomitus Rex. There’s a bit of romance as Claire saves Owen from some attacking pterodactyls and they kiss, but all in all, the movie is mostly steady action and comedic and tense villainry, courtesy of Jake Johnson, Lauren Lapkus, and Vincent D’Onofrio, respectively.
In the end, the Jurassic World depicted cannot escape the inevitable fate of its predecessor. Dinosaurs are smart, and they’re hunters— not fodder for entertainment. Trying to make them into something they’re not for human entertainment is ill-advised, presumptuous, and likely to end in a lot of humans getting eaten. You can’t rope up the power of nature for your own profit. Or you can try– but you had better hope you don’t have an Indomitus Rex in there if you do. All in all, a great action movie and a worthy fourth installment of the series that leaves you excited for the next. It’s been a while for the franchise– but Jurassic World was worth the wait.