Movie Review: Jurassic World (2015)

Posted: May 14, 2016 in Action, Comedy, Drama
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Two kids, Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zack (Nick Robinson) go visit the Aunt Claire. (Bryce Dallas Howard) Claire is an executive at the newly refurbished Jurassic World theme park.  The new owner of the park, Masrani (Irrfan Khan) wants bigger dinosaurs with more teeth to provide more thrills to the patrons.  Toward that end, the head scientist, Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) is genetically engineering a dinosaur that is a cross between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and other animals, the new creation is called Indominus Rex.  There are problems closing the paddock gates, and the head of security Vic Hoskins, (Vincent D’onofrio)  wants to weaponized the dinosaurs somehow, but Indominus Rex should make the park a lot of money, and the owner has brought in raptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to check the safety of the paddock doors, so all should be well.  But then Indominus Rex breaks containment, and Claire’s nephews are still inside the park.  Can Owen take down the Indominus Rex and save Claire’s nephews?

Jurassic World, where to begin?  The plot is a rehash of a rehash of a rehash, with many plot elements borrowed from the first three movies, women and children in distress, nasty dinosaur on the loose, bad guys plotting to enrich themselves through the dinosaurs, and a good guy tries to kill the marauding dinosaur.  Why would Masrani want to open a dino park with genetically enhanced dinosaurs, when dinosaurs have already killed people 20 years earlier?  Masrani certainly doesn’t need the money.  Other than the formulaic plot, sexism abounds.  Claire looks, sounds and dresses like a Barbie Doll, in high heels no less. Owen says things like, “I’m in charge out here”, and “Do you want to talk here or in the bungalow?’ And her own nephews would rather go with Owen than stay with Claire when in danger.  Small wonder, Claire is written as a blubbering mass of jelly, who would feel safe with her? And the sad part is one of the writers is a woman.

The acting is not worth mentioning.  Chris Pratt tries hard to be the dino-whisperer if you will, but I’m not convinced that he’s the leading man/action hero type.  Pratt tries to be a Harrison Ford type hero in this movie instead of a more intellectual Sam Neill type hero.  Bryce Dallas Howard doesn’t even try to bring Laura Dern smarts to this role, and I’ve said it before, Indian actor Irrfan Khan is just plain boring to watch, even when he is trying to play a playboy. Vincent D’onofrio tries to make things interesting, but his character isn’t fully developed and BD Wong’s role is too small to make a difference.

The direction is terrible.  The pacing is bad, the movie goes on and on as if looking for an ending and then ends predictably.  The director doesn’t get notable performances from anyone, and overuses CGI to the point of distraction. Colin Treverrow achieved some indy success with Safety Not Guaranteed, a mostly enjoyable film, but he may not be ready for the big time.  He is slated to write and direct Star Wars Episode 8, so we’ll see if Treverrow is up to the challenge.

Jurassic World:  A pain in Jurass.

 

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