Jurassic World (or Jurassic Park IV) is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed and co-written by Colin Trevorrow, and starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins. It is the first film in the Jurassic Park sequel trilogy and the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series. Released on June 12, 2015, the film received generally positive reviews and was a box office success.
Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escape, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it's up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.
- The movie strongly connects to the first three films in the original trilogy, that way it looks less like another cash-grab reboot and more of a tribute to the original film that we all grew up watching.
- The entire Jurassic World theme park looks amazing.
- Cool action scenes, like most of Jurassic Park.
- Good acting.
- For example, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have done great performances.
- Introduced new characters in this film like Owen Grady, Claire Dearing (although she is flawed as mentioned below), Gray Mitchell and Zach Mitchell.
- B.D. Wong returns as Dr. Henry Wu in this movie after he was absent in second and third movie.
- The dinosaurs are just as amazing as before with the return of the Gallimimus, the Parasaurolophus, the Pteranodon, the Stegosaurus, the Triceratops, the Velociraptors, and the Tyrannosaurus Rex. As well as some new additions like the Ankylosaurus, the Apatosaurus, the Mosasaurus, and the monsterous Indominus Rex.
- Some intense and scary scenes.
- The scene where Zach and Gray find the old Jurassic Park is a really heartfelt scene, because it gives you nostalgic feeling about the original film.
- Great cinematography.
- Really good soundtrack by Michael Giacchino.
- Decent directing for the most part.
- It's a noticeable improvement over The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, despite those films still being at least watchable.
- In fact, you could say this is the best Jurassic film since the original.
- The CGI has definitely been improving over years as Indominus rex looks most realistic of them all.
- The dialogue is good (however it is flawed, see BQ#6 for more details).
- The scene where Owen & Claire stumble upon a herd of Apatosaurus that were killed by the Indominus was very emotional & heart-tugging.
- Decent pacing.
- The final battle between Rexy, Blue, and the Indominus Rex was amazing, and very satisfying to watch.
- Although not too bad, the CGI looks less convincing than before.
- A lot of the human characters aren't very memorable and have little to no traits that make them stand out.
- Like for example: Claire Dearing (although Bryce Dallas Howard's performance is great as mentioned above) is a very unlikable protagonist, she wants to only test with dinosaurs just in a vulnerable way.
- Some parts of the plot are repeated of the first film.
- The two sequels were mediocre.
- Unlike the original film, the Tyrannosaurus Rex wasn't handled very well:
- She only has a few scenes and she doesn't have a consistent spotlight:
- In the first half of the movie, she is shown eating a goat (just like in the original film) but it's very hard to see her and it's only for a few seconds.
- She does appear in the final battle where Claire makes her battle the Indominus Rex.
- Lastly, she appears in the last scene of the movie.
- Due to the fact that the T-Rex is barely even focused on for much of the film and then suddenly gets a lot of spotlight in the third act of the movie, it makes it confusing whether she's a major or minor character in the film.
- She only has a few scenes and she doesn't have a consistent spotlight:
- There are so many plot-holes:
- InGen (and Vic Hoskins in general)'s plan makes no sense. They're strapping cameras on barely trained raptors' heads and using them to hunt terrorists in Afghanistan.
- There's a brief scene where Claire decides to go in her car to call the control room to track the Indominus Rex when she could have just called her from where she was.
- Also, maybe don't have a dinosaur-sized gate in the habitat the I. Rex can fit through to escape, or at least put a moat around the hybrid creature, it's not like this is anything new.
- There are various scenes where a gyrosphere driver could run into something on the ground and it could block their sight, so maybe the gyrosphere was poorly though out.
- Somehow the boys were able to take a 20 year-old jeep repair in pretty quickly. Just changing the jeep's battery isn't enough. Any gasoline in the tank would have long become unusable, the tires and lines would have rotted away, and the electrics would all be dead.
- Some of the dinosaur had shocking trackers which they could have used against the pteradons attacking people.
- When the Raptors and the I. Rex were communicating with each other, Owen, Barry and the other velociraptor trainers had a perfect shooting opportunity for the I. Rex which they never took advantage of.
- Wild animals of behavior and size similar to those of the Raptors are really tough to train and control, especially when out of their cages, so returning them to their cages should not have been that easy.
- Claire should not have been able to outrun the T. Rex in high heels.
- The dialogue, although good as mentioned above, is sometimes uncomfortable.
Jurassic World received generally positive reviews for Trevorrow's direction, Pratt and Howard's performances, and the visuals; however, the screenplay and narrative received some criticism. Fan reaction to the movie however was mixed, with some deeming it a welcome return to the franchise, while many have criticized it for being a nostalgic cash grab and majority of criticisms on the Indominus rex for being unrealistic. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, Jurassic World has an approval rating of 71% based on 350 reviews and an average rating of 6.64/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Jurassic World can't match the original for sheer inventiveness and impact, but it works in its own right as an entertaining -- and visually dazzling -- popcorn thriller.". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 59 out of 100 based on 49 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.
- During the making of Jurassic World, a dromaeosaurid genus resembling the franchise's Velociraptor was discovered in South Dakota. In 2015, it was given the name Dakotaraptor and was very close in size and shape to the latter animals featured in the films.
- Owen Grady and ACU Trooper were playable characters in LEGO Dimensions.
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