“Jurassic World” roars to life at Janet Leigh Theatre
“Jurassic World” is the fourth installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise. It also serves as a reboot for the franchise, given the less than warm reception the past two sequels have received.
The film takes place on Isla Nublar, the same island the titular theme park was built on in the first movie. After the events of the second film, Ingen has sold the park to a new company, the Masrani Corporation. Masrani rebuilds the park as the new Jurassic World theme park.
This finally gives the viewer a look at a Jurassic Park that is finally up and running and open to the public. However, public attendance of the park is dropping, as patrons are growing bored of dinosaurs.
To boost attendance, the Masrani Corporation fuses the genetic material of different dinosaur species to create the Indominus Rex, their new flagship attraction.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military is looking into using the dinosaurs as weapons in the War on Terror. Inevitably the new “I-Rex” escapes and wreaks havoc on the park and its patrons. Would it really be a “Jurassic Park” movie if the dinosaurs don’t escape?
The film is by no means better than the original, but it does come close. The story may not be particularly unique, as it essentially follows a similar formula as the first film.
The special effects are not great either. After all, 1993’s “Jurassic Park” was praised for pioneering CGI in movies, and the combination of computer effects and animatronics created such life-like dinosaurs that the effects still hold up to this day. That being said, the effects in “Jurassic World” seem almost like a step backward, as all of the dinosaurs are completely CGI. It’s not bad CGI, but it can be fairly noticeable at times.
The movie does shine in being a meta-commentary on the film industry and society at large. In the film, patrons are growing bored of dinosaurs; kids are seen staring at their smartphones while a Mosasaurus performs in front of them.
The connection is apparent: The average moviegoer isn’t wowed anymore. The awe the original film created is no longer special. To win moviegoers back, filmmakers have had to up the ante. Cinema is now just an orgy of special effects and destroyed city set pieces, often at the expense of any sort of meaningful story or emotion. Each film merely attempts to top the explosion of the last.
In the same way, the park is forced to create a hybrid dinosaur that ultimately is too dangerous and smart to be contained. To drive the point about our rampant consumerism home, the new Indominus Rex is sponsored by AT&T.
Overall, the movie is the best of the “Jurassic Park” sequels, though that isn’t saying much. It currently holds a 7.3/10 on IMDb and a 71 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.