Jurassic World is a 2015 science-fiction adventure film and the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. This film was directed by Colin Trevorrow, who directed the indie film Safety Not Guaranteed. It stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, and Irrfan Khan.
The plot takes place 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, a fully functional dinosaur theme park called Jurassic World is located on Isla Nublar. In order to boost sales and excitement from customers, scientists create a genetically modified dinosaur named Indominus rex to help the park financially. When the new dinosaur escapes, all hell breaks loose.
Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) works as a velociraptor trainer and researcher has been tasked to study the Indominus rex's behavior to see if the creature is ready to be seen by the public. After the I-rex escapes, Owen with some help goes to hunt the animal down before more damage is done. I was very pleased that Pratt didn't rely on humor for the role. Not to say he hasn't toned it down before, but it was a nice change of pace from his recent projects ("The Lego Movie" and "Guardians of the Galaxy"). Pratt is becoming one of the biggest movie stars alive right now.
Owen training the velociraptors surprisingly didn't come off cheesy or ridiculous. They were able to pull the concept off and make it work.
Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the park's operations manager. She is more concerned with the financial aspect of the park than the actual dinosaurs. She is linked to Owen as they were once romantic partners that didn't make it to a second date. She travels with him throughout the film. Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins) are Claire's nephews that came to sound time with her and roam the park. They end up traveling the park by themselves and get thrown in the middle of the chaos. Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio) is the head of security for InGen. Vic is the human antagonist who wants to specialize the dinosaurs as weapons for the military.
The problem with all these characters is lack of development. Every single character is acted well and portrayed fine but there isn't a lot of layers to them. This film overall along with the characters are predictable. That also falls on the writing aspect since the actors can only do so much with what they have. These two problems don't make the film bad however. There are a few twists and turns here and there.
The idea of dinosaurs alive in the world is a terrifying thought. The Indominus rex symbolizes a monster that can't be stopped. The I-rex was smart and mixed with numerous genes that was beneficial in certain situations throughout the film. This dinosaur hunts down anything that moves and does it for sport. It doesn't have emotions, it's a killing machine and won't stop for nothing.
The I-rex not only was ferocious, but very intelligent. There's nothing more scarier than a monster that has brains, especially one that uses the environment to its advantage. I was a little shocked on the amount of deaths. This film really pushes home how dangerous these animals can be if not taken care of appropriately.
The design of the I-rex was nothing too special or groundbreaking. It does have multiple of species mixed in which contains abilities that work very well in certain situations. There weren't many cheap jump scares. They went with the subtle approach and built tension with the score.
Michael Giacchino was the composer and pulled off the score beautifully. He was able to blend the classic John Williams theme and his own to make fans of the series happy. I wish they would of used more animatronics and not rely heavily on CGI. One specific scene had an animatronic and was one of the best scenes in the entire film. It felt real and genuine.
"Jurassic World" was a lot of fun and a good summer blockbuster. I do recommend seeing it in theaters if you're a fan of the original or the series in general. There is plenty of entertainment throughout the film. Colin Trevorrow's directing was able to provide a worthy sequel that now gives hope for future installments.