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SYNOPSIS: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to generate new interest. But when the Indominus Rex escapes from its enclosure, panic breaks out as everyone on the island is at risk.

Review by Louise Keller:
I jumped out of my seat numerous times in this ripper of a 3D rollercoaster ride; it pushes boundaries, stimulates, terrifies and is great fun. It's been 22 years since Steven Spielberg brought Michael Crichton's sci-fi tale to the screen in his classic Jurassic Park (1993) and this new film from Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has upped the ante and created an edgy film spiced with humour and filled it with tension, scares and interesting twists - as it raises issues of corporate greed and playing God. It's also a darned good adventure.

If something chases you: run, says Karen (Judy Greer) as she packs off her two sons Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) to Isla Nublar, an island off the coast of Costa Rica for a weekend in the company of genetically engineered dinosaurs and with her sister Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who runs the theme park. We don't have to wait too long to spy the Indominus Rex, the park's newest, terrifying monster attraction and the brainchild of lab scientist Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong. $27 million has been invested in the project by Jurassic World's billionaire benefactor (Irrfan Khan, enigmatic), who declares 'The key to a happy life is to accept you are never in control'. Of course, control is not an option. The creature's secret genetic mix is a key plot point that pays dividends as the exposition plays out.

There is a sense of dread as all hell breaks loose: the Indominus Rex killing machine escapes from its enclosure, flipping cars like coins, swallowing men as though they are a light entrŽe and putting 20,000 visitors at risk. We have already met Owen (Chris Pratt), a Dinosaur Whisperer, who has trained a pack of vicious Velociraptors (named Charlie, Delta, Echo and his favourite, Blue) to accept him as the Alpha Male. The scene in which he demonstrates his control leaves us with no doubt that he is heroic and charismatic - even to the Raptors.

As luck would have it, there is also chemistry between Owen and Claire, who enlists him to help her search for her nephews. She is stitched up and the image of perfection and control until ... The high-tech see-through hamster ball in which the boys are driving through the forest and becomes a target is the perfect set up. Pratt, with Dinosaur size screen charisma is the perfect hero - manly, handsome and brave, while Howard is terrific, her all-white ensemble gradually becomes more and more disheveled, stilettos not withstanding. Even her titan hair remains sleek and coiffed through all the bumps; it only curls to a controlled wave in the scene when she and Owen finally kiss. Humour is used for tension relief and the tension escales like a rocket as the creature works out its position in the food chain.

Of course nothing can compete onscreen with the dinosaurs, magnificent in 3D glory: they dazzle in the forest, the water and the sky.

Jurassic World is scary, engrossing and thought provoking. But the filmmakers have never forgotten the fun. It's everything a B movie should be - except that these days, a B movie is mostly about mega budgets and the fabulous technology that money can buy.

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(US, 2015)

CAST: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer,

PRODUCER: Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall

DIRECTOR: Colin Trevorrow

SCRIPT: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly


EDITOR: Kevin Stitt

MUSIC: Michael Giacchino


RUNNING TIME: 124 minutes



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