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Jurassic World (A Movie Review)

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

Jurassic World

Jurassic World


Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Brian Tee, Lauren Lapkus, Katie McGrath, Judy Greer, Andy Buckley, Lauren Lapkus, Brian Tee, Katie McGrath and Jimmy Fallon.

Screenplay by Colin Trevorrow, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Distributed by Universal Pictures.  130 minutes.  Rated PG-13.

Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, is the fourth in the series, yet it feels quite the same as the others. That’s not to say it isn’t a great movie – in fact it’s the perfect summer blockbuster with many terrific aspects – but I can’t help feeling that Jurassic World is a bit contrived.  You could see Jurassic Park (1, 2 and 3) and get the same story.

Jurassic World is everything you would expect from a movie about giant dinosaurs and crazy technology – massive violent action. Once everything gets going, there is a scare or a surprise hiding behind every corner. People are eaten, ripped from their lives, and there’s enough running and screaming to fill half an hour on its own. Jurassic World isn’t only violence though, it’s so much more.

There is a lot of substance to the film. Surprising, considering how much time is spent on severe attacks. Chris Pratt shines as a raptor-trainer badass ready for action and to protect the world. He works well with Bryce Dallas Howard. Howard performed well, despite her clichéd storyline as selfish workaholic turned human.

The real star of the film is Jake Johnson, who brings comedic value to the film with his character portrayal of Lowery, one of the people who works in the security department and attempts to help work through the disaster.

There are a lot of funny moments in Jurassic World, from Johnson’s witty deliveries to the repeated poking fun of Howard’s character, who runs in heels throughout the film. Humor is one of the many things that makes this film go beyond the basic Jurassic Park formula. There were also stunning effects that created an experience that was almost lifelike.

My only real problem lies with the logic in the film. If this plan for real dinosaurs has gone awry so many times, what purpose (besides profit of course) is there in clearly endangering the lives of so many individuals? The fact that they even thought to create this new dinosaur was so obviously a terrible idea it’s hard to imagine anyone green lighting it.

Even though it isn’t realistic (clearly), the movie is an action packed thrill ride, an attraction much similar to the one that the park itself provides.

Ally Abramson

Copyright ©2015 All rights reserved. Posted: June 20, 2015.

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