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JURASSIC PARK 3D

SYNOPSIS:
Significant advances in technology have enabled the creation of an island full of living (cloned) dinosaurs. Millionaire entrepreneur John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has proudly invited scientists Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), plus his two grandchildren to join him at his amazing island sanctuary of Jurassic Park. But not everything goes to plan and when one of the unscrupulous park workers (Wayne Knight) attempts to steal dinosaur embryos, the facility has to shut down all power - just as a storm erupts. It's now a fight for survival with everyone scattered and vulnerable all over the island.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The original - and the best ... Michael Crichton's novel, combining the science fiction of cloned dinosaurs, inquisitive children and a lush but remote island, is ideal material for the screen. Now, 20 years after T Rex's tread first rippled the water in the container on the dashboard of the Jurassic Park tour car, we can return to the Park in 3D - and those who have never set foot in it can sample its terrifying beauty.

The thrill of seeing live dinosaurs on screen is not as acute today as it was 20 years ago, admittedly, what with CGI delivering cinema anything the filmmakers can imagine. But there is still some 3D awe left in the creations that roared 65 million years ago, stomping around the island, trampling vehicles, eating bulls and goats ... and some hapless humans.

The film sets up the basic premise of how dinosaurs were cloned by the wealthy visionary, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) - his team of scientists that is; mosquitoes with DNA bearing dinosaur blood which had been trapped in the sap of ancient trees - amber - could be milked and the DNA reconstituted to generate dinosaur embryos. One disgruntled employee, Dennis (Wayne Knight) sets out to steal some to sell secretly to a shadowy group.

His interference with the security system coincides with a storm that hits the island, just as Hammond's grandchildren (Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards) and scientific guests (Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldlum), are visiting. No longer contained by the 10,000 volt perimeter fencing, the dinosaurs, and not just the herbivores, are free to hunt the moving targets of meat.

It's a long and rugged fight for survival as the visitors and the staff tries to outwit the surprisingly smart raptors.

The screenplay touches on the moral questions of the experiment, through Jeff Goldblum's sardonic chaos-scientist Dr. Ian Malcolm, but Spielberg never forgets his audience's thrillseeker side. As in most good sci-fi stories, man's interference with nature has a hefty price tag. This time, it's not just nature that hits back, but man's own self serving nature, in the form of a greedy employee, that sabotages what Hammond had hoped would be a beautiful experience for millions of visitors.

Whether 3D adds much to the film is arguable, but it does give us reason to revisit Jurassic Park and remember the delicious fear that we enjoy from the safety of our cinema seat.



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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

JURASSIC PARK 3D (M)
(US, 1993)

CAST: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, B.D. Wong,

PRODUCER: Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R. Molen

DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg

SCRIPT: Michael Crichton (novel by Crichton)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dean Cindey

EDITOR: Michael Kahn

MUSIC: John Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rick Carter

RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 4, 2013 (3D version)







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