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Clawing into the park

  • Published at 06:27 pm June 20th, 2015
Clawing into the park

Visitors at Jurassic World are bored with regular dinosaurs a decade after John Hammond’s vision became a reality. The theme park is engineering genetically modified dinosaurs to spike its profits. When one such creation, the Indominous Rex, escapes captivity, over twenty thousand people’s lives are at stake.

After the phenomenal success of Jurassic Park (1993) and the equally phenomenal failure of its two sequels, Jurassic World took up the impossible task of matching the impossibly high standards set by the original movie. And the fact that millions of fans of the franchise eagerly waited 14 years for this movie- wasn’t helping. The good news, the movie is utterly entertaining from beginning to end. The bad news, however, is that there are such serious flaws in the plot that anyone who hasn’t yet learned how to shut off one’s brain before entering a movie theatre, will be disappointed, again.

Of course we were delighted to see a bunch of vicious dinosaurs snacking on innocent people, but the fundamental question remains, is it advisable to open another live dinosaur theme park after the catastrophes portrayed in the first three films? The harsh truth is that a few deaths here and there never shut down any multi-billion dollar theme park, and Jurassic World is no different. However, the movie fails miserably to make us feel for the characters. There is a lot of unnecessary back-story of the two young boys who come to visit the park. They take up a lot of screen time, yet we never really fear for their lives or for any other characters’ lives for that matter.

The dinosaurs were the real stars of the film. Nevertheless, Chris Pratt (Guardians of The Galaxy), the Raptor whisperer, brought his A-game. His chemistry with co-star Bryce Dallas Howard was somewhat overshadowed by his chemistry with the raptor pack beta, Blue. Howard keeps her high heels on throughout the film, which is not the best footwear when running for your life. The movie, conversely, has many merits to outshine the demerits. If you like a good action-packed monster movie, you definitely don’t want to miss this.