Off the coast of Costa Rica, on the island of Isla Nublar (the same location as the unsuccessful “Jurassic Park” 20 years earlier), Jurassic World is now the newest and greatest real life dinosaur theme park with thousands of daily visitors. For the nostalgic viewers, the opening scenes, complete with the iconic musical score from John Williams is sure to give you goosebumps.
As with all of today’s theme parks, Jurassic World, run by the business savvy/control freak, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), must continue to improve and expand for profits and create newer, better, and more exciting attractions every couple years. Attractions with “more teeth”. Enter Henry Wu (B.D. Wong), the resident bioengineer. He has created a new species. One that never existed before as a real dinosaur – Indominous Rex. This new beast is a hybrid created from a mix of T-Rex and other “classified” DNA. Not only does Indominous Rex have more teeth, she is also huge, has thermal invisibility/detecting and camouflage capabilities and, by the way, ate her sibling.
We get a nice guided tour of Jurassic World through the eyes of Claire’s two nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins), who have traveled to the park to spend some quality time with their aunt and enjoy the park. We also meet ex Navy Vet, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), employed by Jurassic World to work one on one with the Velociraptors, achieving an “alpha” status relationship through training them.
The movie doesn’t waste any time and we dive right into the escape of Indominous Rex who has been born and raised in captivity until now. She is advanced and aggressive and kills for sport, not food. Of course the two boys are lost outside of the park gates and Owen, in all his dino training greatness, is employed to come in and save the day. As one can expect, Jurassic World is full of amazing computer generations and special effects to the point that you even connect and cheer for some of the dinosaurs.
Jurassic World, while a little predictable, is filled with action and adventure—and even some comedy (complete with Jimmy Fallon narrating the video in the dino-tour Gyrosphere!). It is a fun ride and will for sure become a summer blockbuster.
A 7 out of 10 stars.