Movie Review: Jurassic World (3D) (English)

In one of the earliest scenes in Jurassic World, the amusement park's operations manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) informs prospective sponsors of the pressure to keep reinventing themselves by unleashing new dino-attractions every now and then to keep the park afloat on the island of Isla Nublar. "No one is impressed by a dinosaur anymore," she bemoans. For a moment, I thought she was going meta, you know, talking about the film itself, like as if the makers were forced to come up with a story to bring back the prehistoric critters from extinction, and as if that alone was a perfectly valid reason to justify their revival. It's probably not, other than to bring in easy money for the movie studios backing it. Still stories about dinosaurs are fascinating, aren't they?

Jurassic World
To be honest I love them. Perhaps obsessed would be the right word here (like the Gray Mitchell's character in the movie). Days after watching The Lost World, I even clearly remember making a hand-drawn version of the film's poster. Ah, those were the days! But I digress. Jurassic World, while making no pretense about its blockbuster aims, is literally an upgrade from the Jurassic Park 22 years before in everything - the park, the rides, the new genetically modified dangerous dinosaurs (say hello to Indominus Rex!), the visual effects, everything like I said, except for the plot. The gnarly creatures have gotten bigger, louder and have more teeth, but where are the solid thrills?

That's not to say the movie isn't entertaining though. It is. In fact, it toys with an interesting idea about using deextincted dinosaurs as killing machines in times of war but unfortunately it goes nowhere. (It's possible that this germ of a thought came from Planet of the Apes, considering the fact that Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the script writers, were the ones behind the franchise's successful reboot.) And despite the largely sketchy characterisations, Chris Pratt shines as the raptor trainer Owen, turning in a very likeable performance. The kids, on the other hand, seem more like an afterthought, solely existing to create a narrative parallel to the original. With the main cast ultimately never in real danger and a ridiculously cheesy, over-the-top climax, Jurassic World is not your smart science-fiction adventure. Ironically, it's rather quite witty!