Jurassic World (12A)

22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar is now home to a successful dinosaur theme park, aptly named Jurassic World.

Jurassic World is complete with genetically engineered versions of their prehistoric ancestors. But after 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining a new hybrid dinosaur is created to re-spark visitors’ interest.

Having learned nothing from the dangers of playing God in the first three instalments, the park’s scientists have created a “new asset” designed to both thrill and scare visitors. Unsurprisingly this turns out to be a bad idea and the new dinosaur creation, dubbed the Indominus Rex, escapes and begins taking serious chunks out of the company stock price, by going on a murderous rampage.

On the human side of things, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), an ex-soldier and current raptor-domesticator is asked by operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) to help rescue her two nephews who are stranded in the park fighting to avoid becoming a tasty dino snack.

You’d expect the villain of Jurassic World to be the engineered Indominus Rex. After all she’s the most complex creature on screen. She’s smart bordering on cunning and having been raised in isolation is keen to figure out where she fits in the food chain. But instead it’s a park employee named Hoskins who is obsessed with weaponising the raptors for military use. He’s no Dennis Nedry, but he’s still a jerk.

Chaos unfolds as the Indominus Rex moves further towards the central, most populated area of the park. The death roll continues to rise, each death more gruesome than the last. In an ironic twist of fate the island inhabitants face the risk of extinction as they run for their lives.

Will our heroes make it out alive?

Hollywood is constantly churning out half-baked sequels so why should you care about this one? That’s an easy question to answer. Jurassic World has brought the dinosaur franchise back to life. It’s a bittersweet love letter to Jurassic Park, taking you back to the moment you first saw that dreaded T-Rex in the original. The thrills and chills are still there, but like the Indominus Rex they’ve been pumped up to the max.

Anyone doubting that Chris Pratt’s performance in Guardians of The Galaxy was a one-off should eat some humble pie. The man can do no wrong at the moment and the Jurassic Park franchise is lucky to have him onboard. I can’t wait to see him in action in the new Indiana Jones movie.

My only criticism with Jurassic World is Bryce Dallas Howard’s high heels. Many critics have praised the movie for showing a realistic portrayal of a woman. Really? Because most of the women I know couldn’t run to the shops in their heels, never mind away from a T-Rex.

Just like the original Jurassic World has a couple with a prickly relationship, a pair of kids put in peril, a whimsical billionaire, ridiculous science and badass dinosaurs. What’s not to love?

By Ruth Walker
★★★★★

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