Friday, June 12, 2015

Jurassic World

Rating : 6/10
Release Date : 11th June, 2015
Time : 124 minutes
Director : Colin Trevorrow; Writers : Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, based on the characters created by Michael Crichton; Music : Michael Giacchino
Starring : Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Jake Hohnson, Omar Sy, Judy Greeer, BD Wong

It’s entertaining, it’s fun, it’s scary, it’s spectacular.
It’s also highly implausible, soul-less, and lacks a real differing opinion or ideological conflict.

Jurassic World has opened up as a major tourist attraction on Isla Nublar, the same venue as the first epic film. It draws in thousands of visitors, is owned by Irrfan Khan, run by Bryce , who happens to have her nephews Ty & Nick, visiting. The park relies on new species or dinosaur attractions every few years to keep tourist interest alive. And towards this end they have created a genetic hybrid – a new species, Indominous Rex – which, as per the brief is scarier, tougher, bigger….and cooler !

Chris Pratt is the tough army types who is working on a special program to train velociraptors to obey his commands, Vincent D’Onofrio is the greedy, army type who has an ulterior motive.

And when the Indominous escapes from its cage…things fall back to as they were, 65 million years ago...

I liked the way they kept bringing up the spirit of Jurassic Park – showing the locales where the action for that film had happened – using a similar storyline (nephews out in the wild, dinosaur on the loose, owner, manager and tough guy out trying to rescue them) and even stray action sequences towards the end which were reminiscent…

It was also fascinating to see things like a petting zoo and a water attraction – both involving dinosaurs – which does raise the question if sometimes we, humans, really understand the forces we are dealing with?

However – you felt nothing really for any of the characters. No one really made any impression on you (lacked star power too, possibly), and did or said anything that truly stayed with you. There was no real emotion, no feelings which stood out – and no moments of real humour. Lots of things here didn’t make sense either – unlike the first, where everything seemed actually possible. And there was no real ideological conflict – a slight moral one perhaps- but again nothing like the ‘life will find a way’ theory expounded in Michael Crichton’s seminal novel.

You need to watch it though, for some great special effects, truly hair-raising, goose-bumpy moments and super action sequences, including an epic fight towards the end. At the end of the day, a really expensive film to give you some cheap thrills…

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