Jurassic World brings back the iconic dinosaurs once more, but this time to a hotel resort 22 years after Jurassic Park first opened its doors.
On the island of Isla Nublar in Costa Rica, theme park goers enjoy their stay at the Hilton Isla Nublar hotel and enjoy all the educational activities (Mr. DNA, dig up dinosaurs, feed the Zuniceratops) and water shows the theme park has to offer. Simon Masrani (Iffran Khan), the owner of Jurassic World, realizes a vision of the park’s success rests on inventing newer dinosaurs that are terrifying even in nightmares to parents let alone children. Scientists are working hard with the advent of genome splicing to deliver monsters that are bigger, scarier, and which reinvent the wheel in terms of gaining global admiration from theme park goers who now view dinosaurs like the T-Rex as mediocre according to data research. Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) and his team of geneticists engineer a new breed of dinosaur that is more than what anyone has bargained for. Initially brought on-board to evaluate and critique the safety of this new ‘Indominus Rex,’ Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) reveals that it is perhaps not a good idea to Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), operations manager of Jurassic World. With her nephews being on the park, Claire cannot afford to have a dinosaur on the loose in terms of what even the company cannot comprehend. What ensues after the Indominus Rex escapes is a movie that is filled with chaos, adventure, and a sense of purpose throughout the plot.
The plot line of Jurassic World for the most part is entirely predictable. From the get-go before the film even came out, the plot rode on the tail of its simplicity: bad dinosaur escapes, havoc happens, people panic/lose control, and the plot resolves. Despite this, Jurassic World does keep a charm about it purely with its visual splendor and deep rooted concept to the original films. Controlling the dinosaurs is still the most relevant theme and the loss of control is clearly a portion of the story’s motif that resonates with every Jurassic movie before it. While Jurassic World is entertaining largely due to the visual splendor on screen, the plot seems overall very chaotically lost in dino-confusion. There is a story-arc of a separated family, an aunt that does not have a close relationship with her nephews due to her busy work schedule, a military man seeking to use dinosaurs as a weapon, a love interest between Owen and Claire that is entirely void of any details, a teenager that cannot control his glares at other girls despite already having a devoted girlfriend in his life, and the bond between man and Raptors that leaves more questions than it resolves by the end of the film due to its erratic nature. At the end of it all, you get the sense that you have been through an adventure with a group of very shallow characters that did manage to reap some entertainment value in their sequences with attacking dinosaurs / chases.
Jurassic World’s splendid visuals deserve mention here for the most part. In 2D the film is stunning and the jungle and whole design of Jurassic World as a theme park on a remote island with various parts captures the nostalgia from the first movies. 3D is definitely the way to see Jurassic World, as the layers of 3D and screen depth are apparent, and help to really sell a larger-than-life image of the park that simply cannot be missed.
Jurassic World ends up delivering a lot of brilliant action sequences that encompasses fights between many different dinosaurs on a large backdrop, most notably the classic T-Rex and the Indominus Rex in an effort to pay homage to the contrasted nature of the classic films vs the newer one. You get a sense that you are actually at a theme park, but a bulk of the movie feels rather underwhelming for many portions and all the characters feel hollow and underdeveloped. Chris Pratt acts excellently throughout the course of the movie with some light comedic moments which are more than appreciated, but it does not do the film enough justice. Colin Trevorrow, the film’s debut director, takes the helm from Steven Spielberg in this latest adaptation to the dinosaur thriller and it is clear that he definitely had somewhat of a hard time trying to recreate a classic and enhancing on it further in a more meaningful way other than amping up the CG effects and providing a straightforward plot.
Jurassic World is a memorable film to some small degree in its own right, but definitely does not compare to the glory of John Hammond’s Jurassic Park despite that park being a disaster as referenced in the movie. Even though the doors of Jurassic Park closed due to dinosaur chaos, Jurassic World wishes it can resemble even a piece of iconic tension from Jurassic Park’s former glory.
Score: 3.5/5 stars