Jurassic World is the fourth instalment in the series and the first film for fourteen years. It was directed by Colin Trevorrow and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas-Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio in the main roles.
The film starts with two brothers flying to Isla Nubar to visit the dinosaur park. They are, as we find out, Howard’s nephews. She is too busy to look after them and leaves them in the care of her rather inept personal assistant.
The park has a new dinosaur called Indominus Rex. This particular dinosaur was designed in a lab and it is hoped that it will become a huge attraction for the park. Rather amazingly things start to go pear-shaped after a while, and the massive dino escapes. It is bigger than a T-Rex, faster and is extremely smart to boot. Chris Pratt warns the park’s operators about the potential for utter catastrophe, but all they care about is the vast amounts of money they can make. Human lives don’t factor into the equation very much. What ensues is a cat and mouse affair between Rex and the humans, with Velociraptors and Pterodactyls in there for good measure.
I was left somewhat deflated by the CGI in this movie. While it was all one could expect for a film of this magnitude, I still prefer the CGI from the first film. It was almost too seamless here, and you just know that the action on-screen is fake. Indominus Rex was also disappointing in terms of appearance, offering little innovation wise. For all its faults, Jurassic Park III had a highly recognisable dinosaur with the Spinosaurus.
On the plus side, I was very impressed with Chris Pratt. I was expecting him to be very comedic, but thankfully that was kept to a minimum and he was actually a highlight. Also the Indominus Rex, despite not looking very different to a T-Rex, did have some very cool features, which definitely distinguished it in terms of ability. The Raptor training was also a new approach which had not been touched upon before. This plays an integral part in the movie in the latter half.
This film has a 12a certificate and is not very violent for anyone over that age. There are multiple deaths and attacks, but blood is rarely employed and the killing is usually obscured by a tree or obstacle of some kind. The movie is certainly not suitable for anyone under twelve, however. Judging by the amount of children under ten at my screening, parents must not care very much.
At just under two hours the movie is an ideal length and does not overstay its welcome. The tickets for this are already selling like hot cakes and I have no doubt that it will generate mountains of income. However, I do not see it winning any big awards or leaving a lasting impression like the first in the series. It was a good film. Good, not great. Three out of five.