Jurassic World DVD Review

DVD Review by Saskia Donnell

The Premise
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 re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly.

The Review
Jurassic World, the theme park, is perfectly imagined. Seeing it through the eyes of young dinosaur enthusiast, Gray (Ty Simpkins), made it especially magical. It has all the elements of the best real theme parks with the added bonus of dinosaurs and crazy-cool technology. It even has Jimmy Fallon as the in-ride guide which will feel just right for anyone who’s visited Universal Studios recently!

Although the action is big and the theme park is so much bigger than in Jurassic Park, it doesn’t create the same sense of wonder as the original film managed to and I think this was largely due to the feeling that dinosaurs have become ‘old news’. The suspense-factor that drove Jurassic Park is also lacking because the Indominus Rex is just so darn OP (over-powered) – it doesn’t mess around. 
Created by the original park’s bioengineer, Dr.

Henry Wu (BD Wong), Indominus Rex is a hybrid of many different species and has developed an amazingly terrifying set of traits due to this mish-mash of genetics. (Editor’s note: Peter Benchley who wrote Jaws also wrote a book called Beast, which was about giant squid. In Beast he purposely wrote the size of the horrifically huge Giant Squid to be smaller than they have been known to be in real life as he believed that sounding too big would cause the reader to not believe in the possibility of the monster.)Being a big Chris Pratt fan I was eager to see him in action as Velociraptor trainer and ex-Navy vet, Owen. Unfortunately (as the trailer suggested) scripting is not Jurassic World’s strong-point and both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard (who played Claire) had me cringing with their cliché-filled dialogue and stereotypical characters. Although also a little cheesy, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson gave the most engaging performances as brothers Gray and Zach. Watching them start out with a typical ‘annoying younger brother and indifferent older brother’ relationship - but then develop something quite special was a really nice touch!
Special Cameo
Intense action is definitely where Jurassic World excels and in the setting of a theme park filled with tens of thousands of tourists, there’s only one word for it…carnage. At times the crazy dinosaur antics are almost too over-the-top, but let’s be honest, it’s what we’re there for!

The Verdict
If you’re hoping to see humans do stupid things and dinosaurs teach them a lesson or two (in the most violent ways) then Jurassic World is the film for you! With hints of Jurassic Park nostalgia (including a very familiar T-Rex), villains and a touch of romance, Jurassic World has something for everyone!

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 14th October 2015
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 124 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi Action
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins
Director: Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed)

The Extras
This is the first film in the series not to feature any of Sam Neill, Laura Dern or Jeff Goldblum. This was a creative decision by Colin Trevorrow: "I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They're iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn't about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they'd go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go."

The first Jurassic Park film to not have animatronic dinosaurs created by Stan Winston, as he passed away in 2008. Instead the animatronics were created by effects studio Legacy Effects, a company formed from Winston's former workshop staff.

According to Colin Trevorrow, there will be a statue of the character John Hammond, the founder of the InGen genetic company and Jurassic Park, as a means to specifically honor Sir Richard Attenborough who played the role in Jurassic Park (1993) & The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). Attenborough had spoken in the past of possibly making another appearance in the franchise but his failing health made it highly uncertain. Unfortunately, Attenborough passed away August 24th, 2014.

The story idea for this film was created by Steven Spielberg and Mark Protosevich who got together privately on several occasions (without studio observance) to confer the notion of doing another installment in the Jurassic Park franchise.

Jurassic Park (1993) is one of Chris Pratt's favorite films. The first time he saw it was on its original opening day at the cinema.

The music in the trailer is a rendition of 'John Williams' original theme. This marks the first "Jurassic" film for Michael Giacchino, however, one of his first jobs as a composer was to make the music for the PlayStation game of The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).

According to Colin Trevorrow, there have been discussions of possible sequels to follow.