The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History’s dinosaur exhibit, the most popular one in the world, is about to shut down for a five year renovation. Hosting millions of visitors, these exhibits no doubt fueled the public’s appetite for celluloid dinosaurs. Recently, “Jurassic World” began production. This will be the fourth film in the “Jurassic Park” franchise and the first in over a decade. And it has been over two decades since the release of Steven Spielberg's “Jurassic Park,” based on Michael Crichton's novel. Proving the popularity of a good T-Rex, It was the highest-grossing film of 1993.
In the film, aging billionaire John Hammond (played by Richard Attenborough) has almost completed his fantasy theme park which will feature living dinosaurs that he has convinced a group of investors to bankroll the creation of. After a park worker is killed by a velociraptor, the investors become very concerned about the park’s safety and reputation. Represented by a concerned lawyer, the group hires scientists Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (played by Laura Dern), and Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum) to assess the park. Hammond refuses to believe there are any issues and even brings his grandchildren in for a pre-opening tour. When the security system is shut down, the dinosaurs become loose and act more like real dinosaurs than stuffed animals. The humans must fight for survival.
Although it is not Spielberg’s best film, “Jurassic Park” is still a lot of fun. The dinosaurs, of course, look realistic and, at times, majestic and at other times, threatening. The movie won an Academy Award for its well-done special effects. There are plenty of great action sequences. One of the best scenes shows a T-Rex chasing a jeep. As the dinosaur closes in, the scene gets scarier, although Spielberg’s sense of humor is in evidence as well.
The cast is quite good. Sam Neill is strong as Alan, who does not like kids, but comes to care for John’s grandchildren when he has to protect them. Laura Dern is equally good as Ellie, a very competent botanist who is also his girlfriend. Jeff Goldblum also gives an effective performance as Ian, who is the most eccentric member of the team.
“Jurassic Park” is a great choice for fans of special effects films and action films. Hopefully, “Jurassic World” will be just as good.