Thursday, 11 June 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: JURASSIC WORLD


4/5

The dinosaurs are not a wonder any more. The people lived with them for twenty two years and do not consider them a miracle. In a full functioning theme park Jurassic World a new type of a beast is being cocked up in a lab. This could save the company's reputation and breath some fresh air into the tired attractions. Or destroy it once and for all.

Here is the good news - in JURASSIC WORLD we have a film with a pure sense of adventure and it is impossible not to be seduced by its spirit. If you forgot what it's like to be a kid you will remember it again. In the opening scenes we see the park through the eyes of two boys, it is a magical place of wonder, what makes it real is a sense of something familiar - all of us had been into a theme park at least once.

The script is wisely paced, not revealing all its cards at once, taking time to introduce the characters, but also giving us some thrilling action pieces early on. The biggest trick of the film is the evil killer dinosaur - the movie takes time to show it in full. When the creature is finally revealed its shape and claws may not hold an original concept, but somehow it is obvious that something is terribly wrong with this beast, that it is different from anything we had seen before.

Chris Pratt, as Raptor whisperer Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard, as corporate bitch Clair, make an old fashioned pair. Their flirting is not unlike  between Harrison Ford and Karen Allen in the Riders Of The Lost Ark. When they are together sparks are flying, and their snappy dialogue is a marvel.

JURASSIC WORLD does not turn away from the violence. While the killing scenes are rather entertaining than gory there's plenty of blood on screen. Yes, a family movie had moved on since 1993. The action scenes are simply wonderful, the many set pieces bring to mind the best Spielberg's films. Just the scene with two boys stuck in a glass ball, being thrown around by giant creatures worth the price of a ticket. With many references to the first Jurassic adventure we get one particular scene that is such an elegant bow to the original it will put a big smile on your face!

On the negative side, the false note of JURASSIC WORLD is the villain Hoskins played by Vincent D'Onofrio. He is not infernal enough and many of his lines felt as if being prompted. Usually a good actor D'Onofrio gives a boring uninspired performance. At every corner, of course, he is upstaged by the evil killing dinosaur. This creature is, indeed,  the main star of the film.

It is so welcome to see an adventure film with such spirit and substance. JURASSIC WORLD is a relentless roller coaster ride which is fast enough to be thrilling, but will give you time to look around and enjoy the scenery. So jump right in!

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