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Unbelievable as it might seem, I had never watched Jurassic Park until the other week when it was on the television on a Saturday afternoon and I decided that I really should get round to it, seems though it is almost coming up to 20 years old. It was the perfect film to share as a family, as although there was a few jump out of your seat moments, nothing was too bad really and it has a PG rating, so we were happy to watch it with our fairly unsensitive (to this sort of thing) children, aged at the time 4 and 5.
Based upon the novel and screenplay by Michael Crichton, the film has a plot that perhaps seemed a bit unbelievable at the time but is certainly scientifically believable now. Scientists managed to extract some DNA from a fossilised mosquito that had been trapped in a piece of amber for a long time. The DNA inside the mosquito was from when it had bit a dinosaur. Scientists had been able to extract this DNA, amplify it, and then use frog embryos to implant the DNA and develop cloned dinosaurs.
These dinosaurs are being allowed to roam free in a specially created tourist attraction called Jurassic Park. The park allows people to go and see these dinosaurs in a specially created habitat and see them as nature intended.
The creator of the park, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) needs to persuade some investors to open the park. He has arranged a special tour of the site for some clients and some paleontologists to show the potential for the site, only nature does not always do what scientists expect, and predictably, the trip into the park starts to go horribly wrong starting with the failure of an electric fence which allows the dinosaurs to roam Jurassic Park freely causing all kinds of havoc.
Of course the real stars in this film are the animatronic dinosaurs that steal the show, but there is definitely a touch of Stephen Spielberg magic, and the cast also added to the film to make it memorable and something that has not really aged as badly as other films made so long ago.
Sam Neill and Laura Dern are prominent from the start of the film as the two scientists who are both enthralled and horrified at the prospect of such animals being exploited for tourism purposes. There desire to know if their predictions from fossil bones are true is what motivates them to enter the park. Joining them are Hammonds two grandchildren, Tim and Lex (Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello) are absolutely superb in their role, and I think they did an impressive job of portraying curious, with fear. Jeff Goldblum is also excellent in role as a mathematician who is very skeptical about how the park will work out even before his journey into the park.
Some of the actors were a bit less impressive. I don't think Attenbrough had enough screen time to portray himself as well as he normally does. I felt Samuel Jackson also was not that good in the role he played of an engineer in the park.
There were some moments in the film that were quite terrifying for small children such as a T rex trying to eat the children while they were trapped in an upside down jeep, or the Raptors that followed the cast round trying to hunt the people, but there were also some that I thought might come across as scary (someone being eaten while sat on the toilet) that had the kids laughing, and I did have a little moment wondering what sort of children I was raising before deciding sensible ones that wouldn't hide in the loo when there is a dinosaur on the loose.
I felt although this film has a quite long run time of 127 minutes, I thoroughly enjoyed most of the film once they actually got into the dinosaur park. The bit at the start where they go through finding the amber and what the background to the scientists were was a little dull, and the kids were very fidgetty, but once we could see dinosaurs and feel the tension building then we were all engrossed.
At times, the plot did feel a little silly, but overall, this is a good film that has really stood the test of time and will probably still be making small children and their more sensitive mummy's jump in another 10 years time. The best thing by far is the visual and special effects surrounding the dinosaurs. I can only imagine how spine tingling it must have been to watch this on a cinema screen and see the glass of water starting to vibrate before they could hear the footsteps of the T Rex.
If you are like me and have waited till now and still have not seen this, then I highly recommend it
What happens if you re-create something which was made extinct millions of years ago? Jurassic Park. I love this film and to be honest it's still a good film to kick back and watch even now! There was a lot of time and effort put in by steven speilberg but then again what else would you expect from him? After all ET, poltergiest and war of the worlds were all astoundingly good when it came to film production.
Ok so you have the man who founded Jurassic Park and has the innovation to bring dinosaurs back to life for all types of families to experience although you have two archaeologists who are - at first - in two minds about Jurassic park and then a scientist who is completely against it. Of course things were going to go horribly wrong. First the T-Rex escapes which isn't so much of a problem until the raptors do as well. They're running for their lives and the person to blame is the greedy computer geek who wanted to sell some of the frozen DNA.
The character performances were exceptionally good but I didn't think they were amazing myself. There are a lot of things that we think "well if I was in that kind of situation I'd ..." but - lets be honest - if there was a t-Rex who was looking at you and could easily get you. You would be a little silly and run! So some of the acting was a little unrealistic, however, this goes unnoticed due to the amazing CGI.
I remember watching "how they made Jurassic Park" and Steven goes into depth about how realistic he wanted the dinosaurs to look and they did! He kept enhancing on them and making them better thinking about what looked better and what didn't. The scene with the raptors in the kitchen was editted because originally the raptors kept sniffing - with their tongues (kind of like how snakes do) - but this made the film seem a little unreal and less believable. Saying that, what would we know if we weren't around millions of years ago? Some of us can barely remember what we had for breakfast.
Speilberg always has different music to go with the film he directs because this makes it much more original and personal. Saying that his films are pretty god damn good in any case. The soundtrack sounds like a woodwind orchestra and this adds depth to the film as well as life to the dinosaurs as this obviously helps bring tension as of when it is necessary as well as drama and fear.
This is the only "dinosaur" film I would happily sit and watch and it is just beyond comparison to any other dinosaur film. I mean you get films which are legendary and you just can't compare them to any other. For instance you have alien but ET isn't really on the same line as Alien and then you have films like dracula where the only one you have that much respect for the film would be Bram Stokes.
To compare Jurassic Park to ET and Poltergiest I would say he's done a pretty good job but to compare Jurassic Park to two others is difficult because they are (mostly) so amazing and just obviously Spielburgs. I definitely would say he has a gift for film directing. Credit has to be issued as this was a hard film to create due to not really knowing what dinosaurs would look like and making it believable.
Now-a-days you can get this film really cheap so for maybe £5 this is a bargain and a really good watch. I mean you can watch it with friends, family or just on your own and it'll be entertaining. Although you could pick up the boxset for £20 maybe? I'm not sure about the boxset.
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Jurassic Park was the original idea of Michael Crichton who wrote a book, a basis for the film franchise.
The film itself was directed by none other than Steven Spielberg, famous from such masterpieces as E.T and Close encounters of the third kind.
So special effects and ground breaking cinematic were his speciality.
The film originally was released in 1993 and took the world by storm being one of the most successful films in worldwide box office history.
The film is based around a theme park with a twist. The idea of a theme park with living dinosaurs as the star attractions was the idea workings of Richard Hammond, played by Richard Attenborough. His character is one of wealth , he looks well dressed, spares no expense and is always dressed in a clean crisp white suit. The park was his idea, the buildings, the vehicles the dinosaurs and completion of the park all fell down to him and his staff in a company known as Ingen.
In order for him to open the park he requires a group of people to basically test the park and its facilities to see if it is fit for purpose.
The park is on a remote island, Isla Sorna, and the way on and off the island is by helicopter so our lucky volunteers will be in for a real surprise.
The people who got to the island are :
Dr Alan Grant who is an archaeologist and played by British actor Sam Neill. He is very passionate about his work and doesn't hesitate to go the island when Mr Hammond offers to pay for his archaeological dig for the next three years. Dr Grant works closely with a colleague on this digs.
She is called Dr Ellie Satler, who is played by Laura Dern. These two are used to digging up and finding fossils so seeing real live dinosaurs will surely blow them away.
The other four guests on this trial run consist of a lawyer there to test the stability of the park to allow it to open to the general public, Richard Hammonds grand children, Lex and Tim. And the last character is Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, a mathematician who has little faith in the park.
Together they are taken on a journey through the park within jeeps which follow a specially designed track requiring no drivers. They start from the visitor centre and pass through the giant gates into the park. From here they are driven passed electrified fences which are there to keep the dinosaurs at bay. However they see very little to start with and become disappointed.
So with a few teething issues, a sick Triceratops and some of the dinosaurs feeling a little shy, the park is fully operational but this soon becomes threatened by an employee of the park.
One member is being paid to smuggle the frozen embryos out to a rival company. However in order for him to do so he has to turn off some of the power supplies to certain dinosaur fences and other security measures such as door locking and security cameras.
Things start to go wrong very quickly and before you can even think of the issues you find the T-Rex breaking out of its compound. Along with him the velociraptors also get a chance for freedom.
This leaves our guest left running and hiding to survive until some of the security features can get turned back on.
I will stop my review here, if you have not seen this film then you should get out there and see it. And for those who have seen it ill know the rest. I could write forever but for those who haven't seen I will not spoil the brilliant film for you.
You also get a guest appearance from Samuel L Jackson too who plays part of the control staff monitoring everything on the park.
The film takes you on an incredible journey with amazing special effects which still to this day look amazing, and very little CGI was used. There were more animatronics involved than anything else, including full sized T-Rex replicas. One of the best films of all time, its just amazing in every way. Brilliant.
Jurassic (as in Jurassic Park) was one of the first long words I learnt to spell at seven years old after seeing the Jurassic Park movie. Dinosaurs were really popular among kids at the time with the Early Learning Centre and other toy shops selling multicoloured plastic dinosaurs and making a fair trade by doing so.
Jurassic Park captured our imaginations due to the ground breaking special effects, the suspense and the variety of huge monstrous lizard beasts that graced the screen. Legendary director Steven Spielberg takes the novel written by the late and great Michael Crton about scientific carelessness and greed and dumbs it slightly down for the public to ingest. This may sound like a cheesy B flick, but that essentially what Spielberg does best.
As the plot goes- a group of several people of various experience and expertise including a lawyer, two palaeontologists, a mathematician have been brought to the dinosaur theme park for them to give blessing to its creation as a main tourist attraction. Instead of a thrill ride they experience terror as the dinosaur containment pen are sabotaged by another greedy company trying to get their hands on the valuable dino DNA.
The iconic music is scored by none other than John Williams ( I can't imagine anyone else doing this), and compliments the action and drama.
The acting is up to scratch. Solid performances by Sam Neil, Richard Attenborough as John Hammond (Jurassic Park visionary) and Jelf Goldblum is cool as always. A particular good performance by Ariana Richards (someone who has since taken a hiatus from acting) as Lexi- Hammond's grandchild.
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Michael Crichton's novel, featuring an island of regenerated dinosaurs, DNA and all, was transformed into a ground breaking feature film in 1993 by Steven Spielberg. The use of computer imagery to create the life sized dinosaurs was phenomenal at the time, and is still impressive watching it today, despite further advances in the technology.
Crichton's script was adapted for the screen by the author himself, and with Spielberg at the helm, this was always going to wind up setting standards. Its all star cast also helps, with Lord Richard Attenborough starring as John Hammond, whose vision of setting the island up as a theme park (hence the title Jurassic Park) is tested by inviting some experts in the field (Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum). Hammond's two grandchildren are also invited along for the experience.
The problem comes with a disgruntled computer tech employee of Hammond's, who decides to create a little bit of havoc that gets out of hand. It's not long before the visitors as well as a few Park employees (including Samuel L Jackson and Bob Peck) find themselves hurrying for their lives, faced with very realistic and dangerous Velociraptors and T-Rexes.
The first time I watched this, I was really impressed with just how real the dinosaurs look. I mean, the Natural History Museum in London has some impressive moving models of dinosaurs, but the range of motion of the computer generated ones on film here is brilliant. The detail is amazing, especially with the eyes of the dinosaurs, which are obviously a feature Spielberg wanted to show off. There are dilating pupils and everything! One of the most impressive moments is when a Tyrannosaurus Rex roars in victory as a banner saying 'When Dinosaurs Rule The Earth' floats down to the ground!
The setting is also marvellous, if you can relax enough in amongst the fast pace of the action to enjoy it. Sadly, the pace varies once any amount of dialogue enters into the fray. In parts, when Sam Neill's character, Dr Grant, and the children are trekking to safety, the dialogue explains things as we go along, but other scenes seem to be waiting for the speaking to finish before progressing with the next piece of action. It's these parts which are the only element of the film I felt let it down.
The acting is pretty good, although no one stands out in particular. It's an impressive cast, with Neill, Goldblum and Dern hot property at the beginning of the 90s. Attenborough has been in fine form for ages, and doesn't disappoint. Yet it is the child actors who are the most impressive, to me. It's not so much the work they do in general, but more the scenes where they are faced with dinosaurs. They are incredibly believable, and it is rare to get such good child actors. Those who do you normally hear the names of for a few years, such as Dakota Fanning and Hayley Joel Osment, but in this case, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards perhaps didn't get the exposure and career breaks they deserved.
Jurassic Park is a riveting film, make no mistake about it. It's not perfect, and although impressive, the CGI work seems a little dated compared to what they can do now. However, it was ground breaking at the time, and is still a wonder to behold. There is something magical about watching an island where dinosaurs roam freely, a seemingly idyllic island with a very, very dangerous and edge of your seat turn of events.
The DVD is available in various forms from amazon.co.uk. The DVD I have contains no extras, but it's a film that's well worth having on DVD. The action is smooth enough that you could watch it quite a few times and likely maintain your interest. The film also spawned two sequels, which are worth watching but don't quite reach the levels of this first one. Recommended.
Steven Spielberg directed this Dinosaur film about a theme park full of......dinosaurs.
I remember watching this in the cinema back in 1993. To say I was dissappointed is an understatement!
My dad actually dozed off to sleep. I am all for character and plot development but the first hour is nothing but dialogue with a few dinosaur egg hatching thrown in for some measure.
Depending on the nature of the film, it either requires extensive plot setup or it doesn't.
In a film like this, I believe it does not.
Once the unbelievably dull first hour is up, we get to the dinosaur action!
Yes, it's great.
The T-Rex is unbelievably terrifying and the scenes with the park car and the Rex playing around with it with kids inside was very tense to watch.
I can see why they rated this film a 12 when it was in cinemas. There was a lot of controversy over it's certification.
Personally, I found Jaws to be much more gory, violent and have the same amount of tension, yet that was a PG when it first came out.
The SFX are awesome and you can't tell any CGI was involved in the making of this film.
The acting by Sam Neill and Laura Dern is great and special mention has to go to Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello who play the two children who tag along with the two leads.
Jeff Goldblum is his usual babbling self so nothing special from him unless you really like his acting.
Overall, though, I was dissappointed with the movie because of it's first hour.
With a movie of this nature, just skip the drawn out dialogue, we know it's a movie with a park full of dinosaurs and just watch the dino action.
3 stars from me but if the dinosaur action had not been that great, it probably would have got a 2.
The original Jurassic Park movie is in my opinion the best of the series and was released way back in 1993 by Steven Spielberg. This is a great action-adventure with dinasours and disaster. The movie is based on Michael Crichton's novel of the same name.
John Hammond is played by Richard Attenborough and is portrayed as slightly insane and wacky millionaire who has created the ultimate theme park on a remote island. Before opening to the public he wants to first give a sneak preview to a few carefully selected people of his choice. These include paleontologists Alan Grant played by Sam Neill and and Ellie Sattler played by Laura Dern. Then there is mathematician Ian Malcolm played by Jeff Goldblum and Hammond's grandchildren Tim and Lex.
What they discover when they arrive at the island is beyond any of their wildest dreams. It is a lucious green island populated by real-life dinasours that have been recreated using DNA found in buried pieces of amber. In theory it's a great idea and the visitors are in awe and astounded by what they see. However, from the start it's apparent that if you mess with nature it's going to be backfire. Creating dinasours and putting them in a fabricated environment can only lead to trouble as they breed.
As the story progresses the island is hit by a huge tropical storm and as the dinasours go on the rampage and escape their enclosures it's a fight for survival for the characters who have assembled on the island.
I thought the film from start to finish was great. The way the story was set up and the tranquil surroundings when they arrived that turns into such disaster and chaos later on. It is a great contrast. There are so many thrills and spills along the way that you don't know which way to turn and what's going to appear next from the shadows. The whole movie is packed full of amazing special effects.
The cast do a good job but they are merely players to the real stars of the movie which are these giant prehistoric creatures, some of them so terrifying you don't want to look away for a moment. The way the movie starts off with lovely vegetarian dinasours to lure you into a false sense of security before hitting you will the full blown T-Rex for example is very good direction.
Overall this is must see monster/disaster movie for anyone who likes a rollercoaster of a ride and action all the way.
Jurassic Park is one of the best films ever made!!!! Made in 1993 by Steven Spielberg and being 121 miunutes long, with spectacular special effects and locations. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenbourough in a story of one mans dream to create the ultimate theme park.
John Hammond (Richard Attenbourough) has got the technology to re-create the dinosaurs and plans to open a theme park/zoo/safari park, exhibiting his dinosaurs on an island in South America. He recruits the help of paleontoligist and paleobotonist Dr Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr Satler (Laura Dern) and mathematition Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). They travel to the island to see what has been created and unwittingly get caught up in a plot to steal the technology by a rival company. Here they embark on an adventure of serviving when the dinosaurs escape. The suspence and terror are heightened by the introduction of John Hammond's grandchildren; Lex and Tim. The race of 5 people to keep their lives begins when they enter Jurassic Park...
Based on the novel by Michael Crichton this film is the best of the Jurassic Park trilogy. It will have you on the edge of your seat as people meet their gruesom end by a T-Rex or Veloceraptor! I havent read the book yet but by seeing the film i will be! I have grown up with these films and have been told that i use to watch them all the time when i was little..the age of 5! However, some of the action may not be suitable for some people. I would advise you to watch this film, you will not be dissapointed with the jaw dropping effects.
Jurassic Park from the Director Steven Spielberg, this is one of my all time favourite films. I must admit I am a bit of a dino freak and love all things Dinosaurs.
This film came out in 1993, I was eight and in the midst of my Dinosaur fascination. The reason I like this film so much is because although there are other films (not many) this one just seems so realistic, perhaps not the storyline but the actual portrayal of the dinosaurs themselves.
This film runs for 127 minutes and I must admit you will be glued to your seat the whole time.
San Neill is Dr. Alan Grant
Laura Dern is Dr. Ellie Sattler
Jeff Goldblum is Dr. Ian Malcolm
Richard Attenborough is John Hammond
Samuel L. Jackson is Ray Arnold
And many more.
The main destination in this film is the Isla Nublar, a small island 120 miles off the coast of Costa Rica in the Pacific Ocean. On the island are many scientists, workers and now Dinosaurs. John Hammond the owner invites some scientific experts along to the island known as Jurassic Park to see what he has achieved before he opens the park to the public.
Enter Doctors Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler and Ian Malcolm, who are all Dino experts. John wants to show the Doctors how science has made the park possible, and then proceeds to send them, with his two grandchildren on a tour of the park, to see the Dinosaurs that have been bread.
However the tour doesn't go to plan and everyone soon realises the Dinosaurs don't want to be in captivity and eat at feeding time, these are the greatest beasts to rule the land and T-Rex wants to hunt. The Dinosaurs are all bread as females, but some gaps in DNA that were filled by frogs mean soon they are breeding on their own and evolving.
The main aim of all involved is to get off the Island as soon as possible!
I absolutely fell in love this with film the first time I saw it, I am a fan of science fiction / adventure films any way but I think even if I had hated them, this would still have come up trumps for me. The reason I think this film is so addictive and watchable (and I mean over and over and over) is due to the content, a lot of people are interested and intrigued by Dinosaurs and this film really conquered the concept what it would be like to have Dinosaurs in the modern day world.
The storyline although a little farfetched (or is it, I can see a multi millionaire trying to reproduce Dinosaur DNA, all it would take is Richard Branson and Jurassic Park could be a reality), is very original. The reason I think it is also very intriguing is due to the fact, the film is about unveiling it to the world, and you get a sense that no-on else knows and everything is new. It isn't Dinosaurs being pushed in your face and everything is hunky dory.
My favourite actor in this film is Richard Attenborough with Jeff Goldblum a close second. The reason I think Richard is so good in this film, is because he really is John Hammond, a wealthy older man with a fascination about dinosaurs, he plays the part very well and is very convincing, I think a lot of the situations he comes across although, we the viewers wouldn't agree, I can very much see him doing what he does, in order to protect his 'obsession'.
I really like Jeff Goldblum in this film, but then again I just like his wit and the way he comes across, I don't think he is an amazing actor but I do think this part suited him down to the ground.
There are many other good actors in the film and the two children play very convincing parts, I don't know how I'd be in there position but I'm sure it would be very similar.
The story is believable and I like the fact there is some destruction and problems, as if Dinosaurs were suddenly put back on this planet it wouldn't just be a case of humans and Dinosaurs living side by side.
The Awards and Accolades
This film won 3 oscars, won another 19 awards and was nominated a further 15 times.
I will give this film 5 / 5 for all ages, it may be scary for younger children but it is still great!
Can you believe this film came out all the way back in 1993! Jurassic Park was a huge hit at the time, took massive takings at the box office and blew many audiences away. The film managed to win 3 Oscars plus a whole host of other awards and nominations. The film spawned a huge amount of cheap spin off films and TV programs about dinosaurs and inspired many toys and books.
The film stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern with some great cameos from Jeff Goldbloom and Richard Attenborough. There are some other great performances from lesser known actors as well.
The films tells the story of John Hammond who has a vision of a theme park. But this is no ordinary theme park, this one is set on an island and the main attraction is real dinosaurs! Before the park opens he needs some help so enlists some archaeologists to come have a look. There are a few other guests who have one of the first tours of the park. As you would expect things don't quite go according to plan, and basically all Hell breaks loose as the dinosaurs break free!
This is a great film. The effects were so ahead of there time and really impressed me. Even now the film does not look fifteen years old, its still excellent. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through. One of my favourite bits is the music. There is some classic music in this that is still very recognisable all this time on.
The film runs for 127 minutes which sounds like a long time, but the film really flies by and there is always something to enjoy.
The film is rated as PG, there are a few swear words and some mild horror, but nothing to serious as this is a good family film.
The DVD itself has all the standard features, trailers and a few other bits and pieces.
Overall this is an excellent film, a real classic in my opinion. If you have never seen this, where have you been? Go and get yourself a copy as soon as possible and enjoy!
The 1993 Spielberg Sci-Fi thriller Jurassic Park is based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name and is almost certain to go down in the annals of a history as a classic, an epic one at that. A film that is essential viewing for any one, not just kids but adults, nana's, Granddad's pet's and all, an impressively large scale movie it is truly breathtaking.
Although much of the violence from the novel was omitted from the screen production the all star cast make up for the pitfalls that come through, instantly recognizable by anyone who knows the book at all. Having loved the book and the film - I have to say I admire them in very different ways...
Where the book is a beautifully imaginative and intelligently written piece of literature the film has become a somewhat tongue in cheek comedy of errors that skims vaguely across the surface of a new old world. There is nothing terribly wrong with this film, it is very entertaining, especially if you are only seeing it for the first time. However The sequels alone are enough to want even the stoutest of men destroy something with anger. Frequently have I walked in on people watching, and even enjoying, the second and third installments only to find myself in a random fit of rage sometime later tearing up old envelopes from junk mail I forgot to throw out...and cursing the gods of celluloid for creating such abominations whilst perspiring viciously and coming to the realisation that this involuntary episode is only brought about by something that degrades us all as human beings.....and yes yes yes I mean The damned sequels and entire franchise after the first film!...
Rant had, I love this first film, it has flawless acting with a cast only strung together in dreams. There are some brilliant lines and terrific on stage rapour between the actors (even the annoying little grandchildren). No one could ever have enough Jeff Goldblum or Sam Neil for that matter, both are fantastic in their respective roles here.
I would recommend this film to anyone for light hearted entertainment with friends or family, be warned there is one swear word in this film although it is often cut for TV. This movie is exactly what you'd expect from Spielberg, it has his identifiable stamp all over it, in fact Jurassic Park is seen as having ground breaking CGI - So that little nugget of info in itself should spur you on to watch this film.
ROOOOOAAAARRRRRR!!!!!......(massive T-REX Style).
Jurrasic park is a 1993 Action fantasy film directed by Steven Sielberg based on the popular novel by Micheal crighton.
The film follows a group of scientists who are invited to an island named Jurrasic park by an eccentric John Hammond played by Richard Attonborough. They discover that dinosours have been cloned and are in captivity to create the untimate theme park. Whilst on this pricate visit the dinosours cannot be kept under control and there time there is spend trying to keep themselves alive.
Jurassic park is a wonderful film full of jaw dropping special effects that still live up to todays standards.
The Main protagonist played by Sam Niel is well drawn out an provides a great solid lead who is grumpy yet very enigmatic.
Laura dern and Jegg Goldblum provide good support and have fun in there roles. Richard Attenborough is the standout making john Hammond loveable and a rich character with many flaws.
The dinosaurs are great to watch and the sequence with the raptor atack is a scene that will long be remembered for its scary effect. The t-rex is the star of the show and is truely a force to be reckoned with in the movie.
The direction is perfect and speilberg has crafted a perfect fantasy film to keep the young and the old captivated from beggining to end.
A great movie
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Jurassic Park is a blockbuster classic, directed by Steven Spielberg, boasting stellar, groundbreaking visual effects and some incredibly iconic moments. It was also successful enough to spawn two sequels, although sadly they never lived up to the brilliance of this superb film.
The film takes place on an island called Isla Nublar, as CEO John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has allowed safety engineers to come onto his park after a man was mauled by a genetically synthesised dinosaur. A genetic engineering company InGen have been creating dinosaurs from genetic tissue found in misquitoes. A team, consisting of paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and his children, as well as paleobotanist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and chaos theorist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are sent to inspect the grounds and check that it's in fact safe.
However, things soon start going wrong as you can expect, and the dinosaurs begin to run amok over the island, particularly a vicious, brilliantly rendered T-Rex, that begins eating the inhabitants of the island.
This is a cinematic landmark for its hugely impressive visual effects, which help maintain an almost unrelenting atmosphere of dread and suspense once the carnage kicks off. For the time these visuals were astoundingly revolutionary, and are still impressive today, especially considering they still hold up 16 years on. There are so many memorable scenes in the film, such as when the kids are trapped in the kitchen as a number of Raptors hunt them, and of course the famous water rippling scene. This is a landmark of the adventure genre and one of Spielberg's most accomplished films.
A fantastic, groundbreaking film that is tense, funny, and for its time, visually breathtaking. The effects still hold water today, and this is a highly, highly entertaining actioner.
The film of my childhood! This is a film for all ages, although maybe not too young as there are some scary moments in there. I'm sure this increased the amount of children interested in become archeologists!
After extracting the blood of dinosaurs from mosqitos trapped in amber, and combining it with frogs DNA dinosaurs are brought back to life! Obviously things are not going to go as planned.
After a long start, which to me as a kid took too long, things go wrong when a tropical storm hits the island that the "zoo" is on.
All hell breaks loose and we see fantastic looking dinosaurs roaming around, eating each other and various people!
The dinosaurs look fantastic and so real. Unlike films of today, the action all seems like it should be there, and not just there to show special effects.
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For me, Jurassic Park epitomised my childhood fascination for dinosaurs that fascination grew with me into adulthood. Jurassic Park satisfied all my Dino Nostalgia and left me feeling like a kid again.
The film is packed with dinosaurs, from brachiosaurus striding through the trees to the T-Rex can runing after a land rover. This combined with the amazing score and stunning visual effects the stage is set for one of the most imaginative movies ever.
John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has discovered a way to recreate dinosaurs from DNA found in fossilized mosquitoes which were preserved in amber and he uses this breakthrough to populate the ultimate theme park. Before opening the park to the public, he summons a group of experts and observers, including his two grandchildren, to view the park and give their expert advice.
However, a disgruntled employee Nedry, overrides the parks computer systems in an attempt to smuggle Dino eggs off the island. This causes major problems in the park as electric fences and vital security systems shut down and the dinosaurs go on the rampage, leaving the visitors battling for survival. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) is stranded out in the wild of the now feral park with Hammond's grandchildren, while Hammond and his park crew are trapped back at the parks base with the rest of the surviving observers, desperatly trying to figure out a way to bring the power back on and take control of the park once again. It does not help that Velocorapters are now on the loose!
The characters in Jurassic park, especially the children are likeable and you find yourself urging them on as they battle against disaster after disaster.
All in all, Jurassic Park is amazing to watch and to hear. It really drwas you in as the dinosaurs are brought to life. This was one of the firstfilms to really get CGI right and the dinosaurs are graceful and have a fluidity of movement that only their real-life counterparts could top. Much copied, but never bettered, Jurassic Park still stands as the definitive dinosaur movie.
The extras for the DVD are really good too,as with most speilberg DVDs you geta great making of documentary. The Menus are cool too with great dinosaur noises and the now classic theme music.