Director: Colin Trevorrow
Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly
- Chris Pratt as Owen
- Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire
- Irffan Khan as Masrani
- Vincent D'Onofrio as Hoskins
- Ty Simpkins as Gray
- Nick Robinson as Zach
A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park's newest attraction--a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine--escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.
I'm just going to assume by the numbers this movie was put up and the fact that you are here that you have all seen this movie, because of that I'm not even going to try and not do any spoilers.
I'll say this right off the bat, I'm a huge fan of the original Jurassic Park and that nostalgia did play a large part of what I thought about this movie. The movie was clearly made for fans of the series and they tried to play off that and they did so very well if we are telling the truth. But overall this wasn't a great movie, it's not quite turn off your brain and enjoy but it's pretty close.
I won't spend too long on the characters in this review because everyone except Chris Pratt was just a basic cookie cutter, boring character. Howard plays a busy business woman who has no time for her family and always puts business first. The two boys Zach and Gray (which honestly I thought his name was Gary when I watched the movie) just seemed like they were shoehorned in to give us more kids. They bring up one unnecessary scene with them talking about their parents divorce and it's never brought up again which really proves they just wanted a dramatic scene in the movie. But as you know it doesn't play out or factor into the story at all so it was pretty much pointless. Vincent D'Onofrio was the biggest disappointment to me. We've really started to see him shine lately, especially on Netflix's Daredevil. In this he just plays another cookie cutter bad guy. He's a military man who only thinks about military and weapons and it's such a waste of an honestly amazing actor who has been showing a lot of promise lately. Everyone else just kind of fades into the background and is pretty much forgotten except for maybe a 30 second scene where they do something funny or cool.
I actually found the story to be probably the best of the sequels. Everyone knows Jurassic Park had the best story of almost any movie out there but 2 and 3 really disappointed in that realm. This one really knew what fans wanted and brought everything in you wanted to see and told it in a coherent way, even though most of the movie is driven on human stupidity. This movie takes a little bit of time getting into. We start at the park for a quick scene of a dinosaur coming out of his egg, very reminiscent of the raptor from the original. We cut to a small family leaving home to send their two kids away to go visit their aunt at the park. The real movie starts when the kids actually walk in the park. Now I won't lie to you guys the first time I saw this and the camera pans out to show what the park has become and the classic theme music plays I nearly teared up. That one shot shows us something we all have wanted to see since the original came out and seeing it in front of you is almost a dream come true. This is when they really start pulling on nostalgia where we see the Hammond center with the giant statue of Hammond himself in the lobby, of course they bring back Mr. Dna and countless other little nods to the original.
The thing that worried me most about the trailer was the trained raptors. In fact it got a lot of hate from people when it was first shown in that very first trailer. But I feel they handled it very well and I was surprised to see how much I liked it, it's actually one of my favourite parts of the entire movie. This is also when we are first introduced to D'Onofrio's character Hoskins. He's a former military man who we later finds out works for InGen. He has the brilliant idea of using raptors as weapons against enemies in war. Even though he seems to have no idea how selective breeding and dinosaurs in general work. Again he's a wasted character so not much time needs to be spent talking about him.
Skip ahead a bit to the actual action because everything in between just feels like filler. Owen (Pratt) is asked to check out the cage for the new dinosaur, the I Rex. The first time he sees inside the cage is really the only part of this movie that discusses ethics and tries to be the dinner scene from the original. Owen explains that keeping this dinosaur locked up in a cage, feeding it from a crane and keeping it away from any other animal is not helping it and will just make it much more dangerous. Now onto the part about human stupidity. Suddenly the I Rex has magically disappeared, there's claw marks on the wall and she's not showing up on thermal cameras so she obviously climbed out of the pen without anyone noticing. Why they don't just use the tracking device we find out she has later or just wait to confirm that she has escaped (someone obviously would see her) instead they walk into the pen where there could potentially be a 50 foot tall hybrid, killed dino. Surprise she actually never left as we find out by the fact the Claire calls the command centre in her car and has them track it. Of course she never left and now there are three men in the cage with her. Now we face a major design flaw in this pen. Why is there seemingly no man door? There's a giant door to let the dino out but nothing small enough to just let some people through. Because of this the guard opens the giant door to Escape which leads to the dino getting out.
Skip ahead some more. There's some admittedly cool action shots and things happening that really you just have to see. The kids also have some things going on but I want to skip all that and get right to the raptors, because that what we are all here for. Masrani is dead and Hoskins has now taken over. He has the idea to use the raptors to hunt down the I Rex. Owen agrees really just because he has to. So they hunt her down and confront the I Rex, but as you can figure something is going wrong. The I Rex starts talking to the raptors and that's when they figure out she most also be part raptor. The raptors turn on the men and start killing them all. Again it's a cool
Action sequence you just need to watch. Owen escapes with Claire and the kids and make it back to main entrance of the park. That's when the four raptors cut them off and circle them. Owen tries to talk to them and somehow gains their trust again right as the I Rex shows up. The I Rex is about to attack when the raptors attack. Again more cool action and they realise that four raptors can't take out the I Rex and they need something bigger. So que the T Rex, the original bad guy comes running out and saves the day by attacking the I Rex. The last surviving raptor joins in and eventually takes her down with the help of another dinosaur who just kinda pops up. So happy ending the divorce is never brought up again except for a 2 minutes scene and everyone lives happily.
So I give this movie a lot of criticism because if I'm being honest it's not a "great" movie. An honest rating for this would a 6-7/10 for me. But that's actually not what I gave it when I watched it. This movie is full of cliches, cookie cutter characters, and things that should only work on paper. But to be honest I enjoyed the hell out of it. I really have to give props to Collin Trevorrow for this movie. He knew exactly what to do to pull on our heart strings and bring us back to that feeling we had the first time we saw dinosaurs on screen. He puts in countless references and brings back classic moments so well he really made what's just a decent a movie a fun one that I loved so much. So for sheer nostalgia and the way it made me feel I have to give this a 8.5/10