Star – Chris Pratt
Genre – Action & Adventure
Run Time – 124 minutes
Certificate – 13A
Country – USA
Awards – 6 Wins & 53 Nominations
Amazon – £4.36 DVD £4.99 Blue Ray
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You can only imagine how writer Michael Crichton’s eyes lit up when he first thought up the concept of reanimating dinosaurs from DNA in Amber. If you have forgotten, there are fossilized mosquitoes preserved in amber stone (rock hard sap) in the ground from millions of years ago and what if they sucked up dinosaur blood and we could some how extract that DNA and make real dinosaurs? He must have trebled that smile of delight when Stephen Spielberg and his Amblin Studios decided to make it into a movie and bought the book rights for one million dollars, the then highest ever deal. It’s probably the smartest idea for a fantasy movie in our lifetimes.
Because of that excellent providence I must admit I did not have high hopes for Jurassic 4. We all loved the original with its brilliant music and special effects on top of that concept and in most peoples top ten action movies of all time. Spielberg is a genius and that film was certainly genius. But after two tame sequels that grossed between them less than the original film the franchise was put to bed for ten years. But kids love dinosaurs and studios love merchandising those toys and so here we all are again for film 4. The good news is it’s not too bad and swashbuckling fun and quite a good plot idea deployed here to reboot the franchise, that of genetically altered new super breeds of dinosaurs to bring the crowds in. That’s the sort of plotline that has kids salivating, a T-Rex with horns, maybe!
Believe it or not but Jurassic World did so well it its now the fourth highest grossing movie of all time at $1.6 billion dollars, behind the only three films to pass the $2 billion mark, that of the extremely overrated Avatar ($2.7b), the enjoyable romcom Titanic ($2.1b) and the cracking retro ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ ($2.06b). J4 was the first movie ever to do $500milion dollars on opening weekend world wide. The original and far superior Jurassic Park (1993) is way down the all time list at 21st place at $1.1billion and the somewhat feeble sequels do not feature in the top 50, The Lost World (1997) doing $616m and JP3 (2001) doing a failing $368m.
The star (a part from the dinosaurs who work for nothing) is the surprise choice of TV show Parks and Recreation (2009) star Chris Pratt. He was a big fan of the film as a kid and made a behind the scenes video in the 2009 season of his TV show where he reads a fake text from Steven Spielberg in the extras about being cast in Jurassic Park 4. But his comic hunky lead turn in Guardians of Galaxy caught the eye of Spielberg 4-years later and he got the job. To hit the world wide audience they co-cast Indian superstar Irrfan khan as the new Dickey Attenborough role as park owner. Little Indian kids in the slums are also wide-eyed about dinosaurs. The dino’s don’t get to eat any sacred cows this time.
Chris Pratt ... Owen
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Claire
Irrfan Khan ... Masrani
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Hoskins
Ty Simpkins ... Gray
Nick Robinson ... Zach
Jake Johnson ... Lowery
Omar Sy ... Barry
BD Wong ... Dr. Henry Wu
Judy Greer ... Karen
Lauren Lapkus ... Vivian
Brian Tee ... Hamada
Katie McGrath ... Zara
22-years after Jurassic Park was overrun by dinosaurs the island is once again up and running, Jurassic World packed full of even more dinosaurs and now the theme park ‘Disneyfied’ ten times its previous incarnation. It’s run by Indian billionaire Dr Masrani (Irrfan Khan) and managed by prim and proper blonde Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard). People have got used to dinosaurs being alive on Earth and so to get more tourists in they have mixed the DNA up some to create hybrid super dinosaurs as star attractions along side the normal dinosaurs to keep the park fresh.
On the island we also meet handsome ex marine and dinosaur behavior specialist Owen Rich (Chris Pratt), who is working on a project to train Velocoraptors to behave less violently and so entertain the crowds more in the way dolphins do, for example. They are still mean killing machines though and department head keeper Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio) has other ideas for the raptors as the training progresses.
Today Clair’s nephews to her sister Zara (Katie McGrath), 16-year-old Gray (Ty Simpkins) and 10-year-old Zach (Nick Robinson), are coming to stay and enjoy the park. Clair can not show them around as she is too busy and so her number two, Zara (Katie McGrath), has the task to look after them. Little Zach is crazy about dinosaurs but not so much Gray, gauchely eyeing up young girls in the busy park instead. But they soon give Zara the slip and enjoying the riskier rides their mom would never let them go on, including a pod ride that goes into the actual dinosaur enclosures.
Clair is busy because the latest dinosaur, ‘Indominus rex’, created by the theme parks senior gene scientists Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong), who works for Ingen, is nearly ready to be rolled out. But when the team goes to check it out it’s not in the pen, or so they think, a smart cookie soon busting out and running amok, a park with over 20,000 people on the island and Clair’s two nephews in a fragile pod in a restricted area out in the middle of the mayhem.
I don’t think anybody thought this movie would do this well. If this had been released in sequence in 2005ish it would not have done so well, that there is no doubt, accusations of flogging the dead Diplodocus sure to have been present. But it wasn’t and that ten year gap created a huge appetite for and the world-wide audience duly embraced it for what it is, two hours of dinosaurs running around chomping park keepers. But, like The Force Awakens, it skillfully evokes memories of older times and the original and adults and young ones lap it up. The scary dinosaurs sell themselves to the new generation no problem. The film did get away with a PG13 and because the dinosaurs are not real it appears to be ok with the censors for little kids to see grown men gobbled up whole. If you have kids under 10 I would not advise them to see it as its nightmare inducing stuff.
There is nothing new here in the action genre as stuffy beautiful important woman lets her hair down and picks up her heels and becomes emancipated when she falls for the hunky hero but its still good fun. But it’s that familiarity that’s the winning DNA formula to draw that huge audience.
Colin Trevverow was the surprise pick as director, previously known only for his rather cool little low budget time travel trip ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’, but Spielberg’s reassuring hand on his shoulder as producer throughout, the same way Steven did that with JJ Abrahams on Super 8. Trevverow has been rewarded for his outstanding $1.6 billion gross here and signed up with the new Star Wars movie (2019). Hunky but slightly geeky Chris Pratt appeals on many levels and carries the movie with ease.
Its good fun and although you have been here before with the franchise it just about gets away with it with the harshest of cynics and with refined special effects and a bit more comedy this time it’s an enjoyable family entertainment. The music is as wondrous as ever by Michael Williams and although rather cheesy two dimensional acting at times that gives the popcorn an extra crackle of comfort. We are here for the dinosaurs and lets be having them!
Imdb.com – 7.0/10.0 (43,435votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 71% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 59% critic’s approval
The green-screen stuff is plentiful and so some leftover
Chris Pratt’s video on his plea to be in the movie back in 2009.
London Evening Standard –‘Jurassic World is precisely what every Jurassic Park fan would hope it might be. It delivers fair and square’.
Los Angles Times –‘Pratt proved in "Guardians" that he could handle hunky leading man roles, and his combination of physicality, charisma and attitude prove hard to resist one more time’.
Salon.com –‘I'm not sure what specific qualities "Jurassic World" could be said to possess, beyond a vague sense of its own importance that ... comes across in the finished product as preening self-congratulation.
NY Magazine –‘At its best, it's good enough to take your mind off its worst, which is saying a lot’.
Baltimore News –‘The whole thing is an elaborate fantasy, so it seems a bit churlish to say, "that's not believable!" But even a film like this needs some internal logic’.
The Chicago Reader –‘The characters are all paper-thin, but that doesn't matter because their sole purpose is to get chomped’.
Irish Independent –‘As is the vogue among the current generation of blockbusters, it feels like the entire point here is to evoke memories of older, better movies. By those admittedly narrow standards, Jurassic World constitutes a roaring, stomping triumph’.
Film Ireland –‘Narratively continuous to the original film but slightly disregarding its two sequels, Jurassic World is a spectacular rush of furious energy, spellbinding awe and alarming terror from beginning to end’
New Yorker –‘There is plenty here to divert, but little to leave you enraptored. Such is the fate of the sequel: Bigger. Louder. Fewer teeth’.
I RECENTLY VISITED THE CINEMA WITH A FRIEND TO SEE 'I AM LEGEND' A FILM WHICH CARRIES A 15 CERT.
ONN ENTERING THE AUDITORIUM WE WERE SURPRISED TO SEE CHILDREN PRESENT OBVIOUSLY WELL UNDER THE LEGAL AGE TO VIEW THIS FILM.
IT BECAME APPARENT DURING THE FILM THAT CERTAIN SCENES WERE CAUSING DISTRESS TO CERTAIN CHILDREN WHO WERE REMOVED BY THE PERSON ACCOMPANYING THEM FROM THE CINEMA.
THE STAFF AND MANAGEMENT OF THE CINEMA ARE ENTIRELY TO BLAME FOR ALLOWING CHILDREN UNDERAGE TO VIEW FILMS SUCH AS THIS. I HAVE TRIED TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE AT THE CINEMA TO GET THEIR COMMENTS BUT HAVE STRUCK A BLANK WALL CONFIRMING MY THOUGHTS THAT THE MANAGEMENT IS ONLY INTERESTED IN MONEY AND NOT THE LAW. I INTEND TO CONTACT THE RELEVANT AUTHORITY REGARDING THIS BLATENT DISREGARD OF THE LAW AND HOPE PROSCECUTIONS ENSUE.
THE STAFF ALLOWING VISITORS INTO THE CINEMA WERE SLOPPY AND SHOWED NO INTEREST IN THE PEOPLE ATTENDING, HENCE THE UNDERAGE VIEWERS.
i also think that it is a very dirty cinema. last time we went we could not put our coats down as there was popcorn, sweet papers and empty drinks cartons under the seats. the toilets are also smelly and unclean. reigate is a much better cinema in many respects, including the service with a smile which you get from all the staff and it is always clean, including free water in the toilets. crawley cinema leaves a lot to be desired is only good for films you have missed elsewhere.
Although Crawley Cinema has a lot of choice as it has so many screens, my one bugbear with the place is that it is so messy! The times that I have been there and there is popcorn all over the place: all over the main area plus within the screens. The toilets are also often messy and often lacking toilet paper. It is obvious that cleanliness is certainly not their priority. I live in Horley and prefer to go prefer to go to Reigate Cinema myself as it is a much more pleasant experience. However, I quite often end up going to Crawley because what I want to see isn't on in Reigate when I want to see it.
Although I live in Redhill, I usually go to the UGC cinema in Crawly becuase of the large choice of films it has at one time. I'm not sure exactly how many it has, but its a heck of a lot! This also means that if you are late for a film you anted to see, there will be another one starting again within about half an hour. There are hundereds of parking spaces and although this sometimes means a small trek from the other side of the car park, it saves searching through the town for space. Within the leisure park there is a bowling alley, the cinema, a leisure centre, a couple of restaurants and a club but still there are always parking spaces. (This also means that if you change your mind about the cinema, you can just go and do something else!"). When you first go through the cinema doors you are confronted by the queue to the box office. This often stretches most of the way across the foyer. Every time I have been to this cinema there has been a huge queue. They have lots of tills, but the only seem to ever open 2 or 3 of them and with the queue blocking the foyer I think its a bit badly thought out. The tickets are slightly more pricey than you would uaually pay, they are £6 for adults and £4 for students (I think...I always forget my college card!). Once you've bought your tickets you see the snack shops. These offer a wide range of drinks, sweets, popcorn and even pick and mix but again, these are badly designed with the queue going right the way through the shop. Once in the once you get into your seats they are very comfortable, some screens differ to others, but af the ones I have been in they are fixed seats with plenty of leg room, if someone wants to walk past its just a matter of moving your legs back, There is nothing more annoying that having to stand up and almost sit on top of the chair row to let people past. There are also drinks holders in the seats, hands for keeping your snacks close at ha
nd, no more fumbling around in the dark and wondering if the drink you've grabbed is actually yours at all! The UGC cinema is perfect for a good night out. ===========UPDATE=========== Well within the last 4 months this cinama has really gone down hill. I recently bought the unlimited card (£9.99 p/m for unlimited films) so I go quite often now. Still the same problem with the large queues but the screens are constantly filthy. Although tye clear up excess cups and pop corn the floors are always sticky, quite often the seats are too (if not soaking wet) the pads on the arm rests are missing off 50% of the seats. There are always pikey teenagers in films making noise and generally being obnoxious, somthing easily cured by imply putting members of staff in the screen now and again. I'm not even exagerating, probably 5 of the last 10 films I've seen have been spoiled by little c**ts. The toilets are pretty grim too. The newly refurbished bar is ok with reasonable prices (unlike the ever sky-rocketing prices in the snack shop). Sorry UGC, you've lost 2 stars, you need to turn it around quickly.